History of the Department
Grace Kennedy, currently majoring in Mathematics and French, attended the Program for Women in Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, May 16-27. She then participated in a two-month REU at Trinity University and presented some of her work at the Young Mathematicians Conference at Ohio State August 12-14. Two of our students gave talks at the annual Sewanee-Rhodes-Hendrix Undergraduate Symposium in Mathematics, which was held at Rhodes this past spring.
Stephen Carl received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Wright State University earlier this year.
We wish to report, in the hope that others might be encouraged to try something similar, that a practice beginning here quite casually has evolved into a nice tradition. Our Annual Homecoming Lecture series began in 1996 when a returning alumnus volunteered to give such a talk, and the idea caught on among our graduates. Each year since then, an alumnus or alumna, often a student currently in graduate school, has given a talk on the Friday afternoon of Homecoming weekend. This year's presentation was by Elena Eneva, Class of '00, who received a master's degree in computer science at Carnegie-Mellon. She talked about what's going on where she works at Yahoo! There were barely enough chairs in the classroom to accommodate the audience she drew.
(Submitted by William Priestley, 2005)