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Students Inducted into ΦΒΚ

ΦBK (Phi Beta Kappa) is a national academic honor society. It was founded in 1776, and it currently has chapters at 283 American colleges and universities. According to its web site, "Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities."

The following mathematics and computer science majors have been selected in 2015 for membership in ΦΒΚ by Zeta of New York, the HWS chapter of the organization:

  • Alana Kilcullen, WS'15
  • Matthew McPartlon, H'16
  • Kyle Zaverton, H'15

In addition, Luke DeLuccia H'15 was selected for membership as a Junior in 2014. Selection as a Junior is considered to be a singular honor.

Posted 6 May 2015

Department Prizes for 2014

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards a variety of student prizes each Spring. These prizes have been funded by various gifts to the colleges for the purpose of recognizing excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science. Here is the list of award recipients for 2014:
  • The Robert Beinert Prize, awarded to a a graduating Senior for excellence in Mathematics, to Joshua Danis H'14.
  • The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to Erxin Du WS'14 and Nicholas Schmidt H'14.
  • The Catherine Adele Rippey '35 Prize, to a William Smith senior to recognize excellence in Mathematics (extended for 2014 to include excellence in Computer Science), to Erxin Du, WS'14.
  • The Glenn M. Lee Prize in Mathematics, awarded to the Hobart senior who has been most proficient in the areas of mathematics and athletics, to Michael Green H'14.
  • The Abigail Mosey Book Prize, awarded to a Hobart or William Smith Senior for generosity in helping others to learn and appreciate mathematical ideas, to Joshua Danis H'14.
  • The William Ross Proctor Prize, awarded to the William Smith Sophomore who has achieved the highest rank in mathematics in her first two years at the Colleges, to Siyan Tao WS'16.
  • The Irving Bentsen Prize, awarded to the second year student at Hobart College who has the most outstanding record in mathematics and computer science, to John Remmert H'16.

For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, including lists of past recipients, visit our department prizes page.

Posted 20 May 2014

Honors 2014: Mike Green and Nick Schmidt

Two students completed honors projects in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science during the academic year 2013–14. An Honors project is a year-long endeavour culminating in a long Honors thesis and an oral examination by a committee of three examiners.

Michael Green '14 did Honors in Mathematics, working with Professor Yan Hao. His honors project was titled "A Mathematical Model of College Friendships". Here is Mike's description of the project: "We are creating a computer model to study the social interactions between college students. In this model, we will use the exchange of available social hours between friends to study the interactions between friends. From this study we will look to find how well college friendships help students to distress, how long college friendships typically last, and the optimum number of friends to have."

Nicholas Schmidt '14 worked with Professor John Vaughn on an Honors in Computer Science. His project, "i3: An Environmental Sensor Base Station," is described as "My honors project is in two parts. One is creating a weather base station that collects weather and sensor data. The second is a mobile application that shows the collected data to the user. The base station is cube-shaped and the mobile platform will be iOS."

Posted 11 May 2014

CS Graduates at Beef-n-Brew

Many of the 2014 computer science graduates got together with Professor David Eck during the reading period between the end of classes and final exams. Here's a group photo with soon-to-be-alumni Joe Howe, John Darby, Jessie Hall, Kathryn Middleton, Erxin Du, Tom Charest, and Maddison Case. (Not present for the photo were CS graduates Nick Schmidt and Mark Benya.)

Posted 8 May 2014

Finalist for "The Pitch"

John Darby H'14 was one of the four finalists this year for The Pitch, an annual contest where students develop and promote ideas for products or services. The final contest was held on Wednesday, March 12. The finalists competed for a $10,000 prize by presenting their projects to a panel of judges made up of four HWS alumni who have been successful in the business world. (The day of the pitch turned out to have some of the worst winter weather that Geneva has seen in years, but it went ahead as scheduled.)

John Darby is a double major in computer science and architecture and is a member of the HWS Sailing team. His idea for the pitch arose partly from an independent study that he did in web site programming. John will attend graduate school next year in the architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Stu Lieblein '90 Pitch was held for the third time this year. It was established to promote entrepreneurial leadership and is organized by the Centennial Center for Leadership of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


Posted 18 April 2014

Department Prizes for 2013

Each Spring, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is pleased to recognize student excellence with a variety of departmental prizes. Here is the list for 2013:
  • The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to Alexander Kittelberger H'13.
  • The Abigail Mosey Book Prize, awarded to a Hobart or William Smith Senior for generosity in helping others to learn and appreciate mathematical ideas, to Samuel Heinle H'13
  • The William Ross Proctor Prize, awarded to the William Smith Sophomore who has achieved the highest rank in mathematics in her first two years at the Colleges, to Alana Kilcullen WS'15
  • The Irving Bentsen Prize, awarded to the second year student at Hobart College who has the most outstanding record in mathematics and computer science, to Ruiqian (Richard) Dai H'15 and Luke DeLuccia H'15.

For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, visit our department prizes page.

Posted 29 April 2013

Alex Kittelberger Honors Project

Alexander Kittelberger H'13 has completed an Honors project with the title, Online Virtual Math Museum: Building a Virtual Math Museum with Modern Web Technologies and an XML Infrastructure. An Honors project is a year-long endeavour culminating in a long Honors thesis and an oral examination by a committee of three examiners. Alex's Honors Project was to create a website for mathematical visualizations. From equations to geometry, there are many different types of mathematical objects that can all be described in different forms. The “Online Virtual Math Museum” is designed to store and present information about mathematical objects in the form of a website. An XML language is used to define these mathematical objects, and a Java program is used to create webpages to present the objects visually. For this project, a framework was developed for a website that can display different mathematical objects. The framework can easily be extended and allows programmers to expand on the presentations. Alex's advisor for the project was Professor David Eck.

Posted 29 April 2013

Laser Tag in CPSC 336

Here is a picture from a "laser tag" project in Professor Vaughn's Robotics course (CPSC 336). The first project in that course in Spring 2013 was for each student to build and program a mobile robot to play laser tag. Each robot was equipped with a low power laser, laser detector, and infrared obstacle detector. Any robot hit by an opponent's laser was required to leave the arena. Each behavior-based robot was individually programmed with a strategy to apportion its limited power resources for lasers, movement, or general health. The contest was held in a darkened arena to maximize the laser effects.

Students in the photo, from left to right, are: Kieran Koehnlein H'13, Kingsley Adarkwah H'13, Sam Heine H'13, Ruiting Wang H'14, Mark Benya H'14, and Chazoi Hardware H'13.

Posted 18 February 2013

Gionet Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Trevor Gionet (H'12) has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for study in Vietnam. In addition to teaching English, Trevor will take Vietnamese language lessons focused on mathematics. With this, he hopes to be able to teach math bilingually.

The Fulbright Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946. The purpose of the Fulbright Program worldwide is "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange." The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) is the principal administrator of the Fulbright Program. Bi-national commissions, composed equally of U.S. and partner-country citizens, coordinate Fulbright Programs in fifty-one of the 140 participating countries.


Posted 15 April 2012

Yaoxin Liu Honors Project

Yaoxin Liu, H'12, has completed an Honors project titled, "A Mathematical Model: Hepatitis B and Hepatitis D Co-infection." An Honors project is a year-long endeavor culminating in a long Honors thesis and an oral examination by a committee of three examiners. Here is a description of his project: "In this honors project, mathematical models are developed to describe the interaction between human liver cells, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis delta virus (HDV). HDV is a dependent virus that can only infect patients who are also HBV-infected, and it causes more severe damage to liver cells than HBV alone. This project is an extension of previous research, which focused on analyzing the impact of immune exhaustion on HBV and HDV infections. Shifting the emphasis to the dynamics of the infections, this honors project will shed light on what causes the severe damage to liver cells. Mathematical models of the system are built from a simpler model of a single infection and used to explore the possible outcomes of HBV and HDV co-infection. Computer simulations are also created to support analytical results. Manipulation the magnitude of different parameters has helped in understanding how different host and viral factors affect the severity of disease." Yaoxin's advisor on this project was Professor Jon Forde.

Posted 13 April 2012