BCIT Mathematics Department Honored
by AMATYC and NSF
Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) has selected the British
Columbia Institute of Technology Mathematics department as one of
10 exemplary programs serving students in two-year highly technical fields
in North America. The department was awarded a U.S. National Science
Foundation Award in Las Vegas, Sept. 17th. In order to receive
this international recognition, the department needed to show a U.S.
National Advisory Committee that their program could be considered a “pump”
not a “filter” for two-year programs related to information
technology, high-tech manufacturing, biotechnology, electronics, mechanics
and other emerging technologies. Departments were judged on the following
receive the appropriate mathematics in order to succeed in a highly
have access to excellent mathematics instruction as well as resources
that aid learning.
Environment: Students are actively and energetically involved in the
learning process. The facilities and equipment promote effective
teaching and learning.
provide an up-to-date curriculum using appropriate technology.
Part of a Successful
Program: The mathematics program serves as a gateway to successful
attainment of students’ educational goals.
The aim of the AMATYC
and this NSF award is to recognize best practices and share them with the
NSF Grant at Edmonds
Deann Leoni and Rebecca
Hartzler from Edmonds Community College are the coordinators of a
"Mathematics Across the Curriculum" project funded in part by
the National Science Foundation. The project supports faculty from
Washington high schools, two and four-year colleges in creating projects
and courses that make the quantitative dimensions of their disciplines
more explicit. The project runs until 2003. Stipends are available.
Contact - Deann Leoni - firstname.lastname@example.org
UOP Undergrad Attends Two
Ms. Alison Setyadi, a
senior mathematics major at University of Portland,
took part in an REU at the Colorado School of Mines and was a student in
the Park City summer program.
Alison reports on the
REU, "There were 10 participants, split into 4 groups of 2 or 3. Each
group worked with a professor. My group worked on the estimation of a
numeric solution to a differential equation, which required knowing the
infinity-norm of the right inverse of a non-square matrix. We extended
what other people had already done for square matrices to square matrices.
We came up with an algorithm based on the work of William W. Hager (for
square matrices) and implemented it via code, compared results, provided
some theoretical justification, made regular presentations, wrote up a
formal "paper" documenting what we did."
On the Park City (Utah)
program, Alison says, "I went to a program in Park City, the Summer
Session for IAS/PCMI (Insititute for Advanced Study/Park City Mathematics
Institute). I was a participant in the undergraduate program, which
consisted of daily lectures in differential forms and problems sessions
four days a week. Something similar to typical first year class in
graduate school apparently. I also had a chance to meet other
undergraduate professors who participated in the Undergraduate Faculty
Program. There were also Cross-Program Activities for everyone to attend.
The program was mathematically intense."
Alison will give a talk
on some of her summer work, either in early December or in mid-January.