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2009 Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America
Distinguished Service Award

Citation to

David Housman

The Indiana Section Distinguished Service Award was initiated in 1993 to honor a member of the Section by acknowledging his or her extraordinary contributions to the Section and outstanding efforts consistent with the stated purposes of the Mathematical Association of America.  These purposes include promoting the interests of and improving education in the mathematical sciences in America, especially at the collegiate level.

The winner of the 2009 Indiana Distinguished Service Award is widely known on his home campus.  He directs multiple undergraduate research students nearly every summer, now totaling approximately 70 such projects.  He has shown leadership both within the departments of Mathematics and Computer Science and also in the broader school made up of seven related departments.  He combines an active professional life with the development of new curricula for the general student who is not planning to specialize in mathematics.

The Indiana Section has benefited greatly from his generous service.  Re-elected several times, he held the office of Secretary for seven years, keeping minutes of exciting Section business meetings, greeting participants at the registration table, and assisting numerous Section chairs with arrangements and awards.  He has also given talks at section meetings on interesting undergraduate topics such as game theory, apportionment, voting, and student learning strategies.  In 2008, he was selected as the Section Governer, and is currently completing an active first year on the job.

With thanks to our award winner for his passion for mathematics and his dedicated service, we enthusiastically present the 2009 Indiana Section Distinguished Service Award to David Housman of Goshen College.


Patricia Oakley, Chair
Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America
March 20, 2009


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