Mathematics Awareness Week 1996

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Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Ohio State University

President E. Gordon Gee and the Ohio State University Department of Mathematics honored 69 of its undergraduate mathematics majors at an Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony on April 26, 1996. All of the students had achieved distinction in the university community over and above good grades. Among the distinctions were Goldwater Scholarship Recipient, National Science Foundation Scholarship Prize, membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, scholar-athlete awards, membership in the OSU Marching Band and recognition of service in various other university activities. President Gee presented the certificates to the awardees.

In particular, Ms. Shannon McDonald, an undergraduate mathematics and chemistry major from Perrysburg, Ohio, received a $1000 National Science Foundation Incentives for Excellence Scholarship Prize. This prize was awarded in recognition of Lemuel R. Riggins who earned an NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship in 1994. One purpose of this Prize is to increase the opportunities for outstanding underrepresented minority students to pursue advances studies in science, mathematics or engineering.

The Undergraduate Recognition Program is held every year during Mathematics Awareness Week. This is a national event sponsored by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The theme for the year was "Mathematics and Decision Making." The text of the program booklet included discussion of some of the significant contributions mathematics makes to decisions that shape our daily lives. Professor Jane Fraser of the Department of Industrial, Welding and Systems Engineering was the keynote speaker and discussed some of the mathematics used in decision making in an industrial setting.

The Recognition Program Committee was co-chaired by Frank Carroll and Judie Monson of the Department of Mathematics.

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