In Brief: Mathworks graduate students research classroom practices
Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
August 18, 2014
Math Education Ph.D. student Nama Namakshi leads math camp students in a discussion about a math concept. Namakshi combined hands-on fieldwork and scholarly research to further her dissertation work about math education and pedagogy. |
Four graduate students in the Department of Mathematics at Texas State University used their time working in the Mathworks summer math programs to conduct research about pedagogy and classroom practices.
The work of Nama Namakshi, Christian Starkey, Sonalee Bhattacharyya and Jeanne-Marie Linker, all Mathematics Education students, was supported by the KDK-Harman, Meadows and Sid W. Richardson Foundations.
Working alongside math department faculty, the graduate students put their ideas to the test in the 2014 Junior Summer Math Camp (JSMC) program, which involved more than 200 students from the 4th-8th grade. The graduate students recorded classroom interactions between teachers and students, then developed and implemented their own lesson plans. They then analyzed the success of those math lessons and identified areas of improvement and success in the teaching of those math lessons.
About Mathworks
Founded in 1990, Mathworks serves as a center for the research and development of math education programs. Its annual summer math programs for young students are an ideal "laboratory" for Texas State's Math Education Ph.D. students to conduct research, discuss topics with professionals who teach every day, and generate new ideas that ultimately impact math achievement for all students. By providing these rich research opportunities, Mathworks is helping Texas State University lead the way in mathematics education.
Texas State Alumna Jill Cochran has an article featured as the cover of NCTM's Mathematics teaching in the middle school.
An outdoor context can reel in two important mathematical ideas and catch students’ misconceptions in the process.
Top mathematics prize awarded to a woman for the first time
Maryam Mirzakhani wins the Fields Medal. The 37 year old is the first woman to win the award, considered math's Nobel Prize since it's inception in 1936. The award is only given every 4 years and only to mathematicians who have not yet reached 40 years of age.
Award Ceremony - "Beyond The Math"
April 4, 2014
1:00 PM Alkek Library Teaching Theatre
Putnam Mathematical Competition Team
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual contest for college students established in 1938 in memory of its namesake. Each year on the first Saturday in December, over 2000 students spend 6 hours (in two sittings) trying to solve 12 problems. Individual and team winners (and their schools, in the latter case) get some money and a few minutes of fame.
- Jorge Longoria
- Robert G. McAlmon
- Jacob D. Mescher
- Labeeb I. Mohammed
The Houston Louis Stokes Alliance For Minority Participation (H-LSAMP)
- Edward E. Cruz-Medrano
- Estevan Lara
- Christopher Reyes
- Andrew Suarez
Undergraduate Recognition for Academic Achievement
This award is presented to undergraduate mathematics majors who have completed at least 30 hours of college level course work at Texas State and have a Texas State grade point average of at least 3.00 but less than 3.25.
- Thomas A. Anderson
- Zachary T. Bagley
- Alexander E. Bush
- Desiree D. De Leon
- Michael G. Elizondo
- Colby R. Engel Colquitt
- Julian A. Flores
- Karla M. Garcia
- Jordan D. Goble
- Ashley M. Hartgrove
- Jerry R. Hook
- Angelica D. Martinez
- Matthew W. O’Connor
- Aureliano Perez III
- Dennis T. Porter
- Maggie R. Purdum
- Christopher Reyes
- Casey E. Robinson
- Phillip J. Street
- Aja V. Varnado
- Timothy C. Whisenant
- Sion A. Williams
- Charlotte P. Wrockloff
- Justin L. Yonker
- Andrea Zermeno
Undergraduate Recognition for Academic Distinction
This award is presented to undergraduate mathematics majors who have completed at least 30 hours of college level course work at Texas State and have a Texas State grade point average of at least 3.25 but less than 3.6.
- James W. Blair
- Elizabeth Brown
- Quinton D. Brown
- Jorge E. Canada
- Edward C. Chapa
- Priscilla R. Collard
- Edward E. Cruz-Medrano
- David E. Curry
- Julian Davalos
- Edgar I. Farias
- Colin J. Hamilton
- Jeffrey M. Henze
- Courtney M. Kimbrough
- Estevan J. Lara
- Michael W. Matthews
- Robert G. McAlmon
- Colin D. Michalik
- Alanna R. Miller
- William R. Moody
- James R. Naughton
- Nhu Nguyet T. Nguyen
- Stuart J. Olsen
- Warren Pekarek
- Laura Provvidente
- Jose G. Rivera
- Nathaniel Rodriguez Sosa
- Taylor N. Shimek
- Courtney R. Stuart
- Ashton A. Wentworth
Undergraduate Recognition for Academic Excellence
This award is presented to undergraduate mathematics majors who have completed at least 30 hours of college level course work at Texas State and have a Texas State grade point average of at least 3.6.
- Christopher J. Baker
- Ryan D. Ballard
- Marshall T. Barnes
- Meagan R. Benavides
- Gregory C. Beuhler
- Aubrey N. Borges
- Derek A. Bush
- Bryce A. Cashell
- Jose M. Castro
- Adam A. Chalupa
- Zachary W. Coleman
- Ashley M. Craft
- Megan K. Fairchild
- Kyle R. Gates
- Derek J. Hammons
- Benjamin B. Hoffman
- Melton V. Holcomb IV
- Henry E. Ickes
- Georgiana A. Kritikos
- Sang W. Mercado
- Jacob D. Mescher
- Labeeb I. Mohammed
- Elvia A. Moreno
- Minh-Anh N. Nguyen
- Mark A. Proctor
- Tyler L. Purcell
- Leah R. Ramirez
- Jack E. Rhoades
- Ryan A. Rholes
- Joshua A. Rice
- Ellen B. Robinson
- Christopher M. Roosa
- Sheryl M. Rosenthal
- Martin T. Schmidt
- Casey A. Stovall
- Maria E. Tomasso
Graduate Recognition for Academic Excellence
This award is presented to graduate mathematics majors at the Masters level who have completed at least 15 hours of 5000+ level mathematics courses at Texas State and have a Texas State grade point average of at least 3.75.
- Jeanne-Marie C. Linker
- Cara M. Quayle
- Joseph W. Skelton
- Hoda Tavakoli
- Christina R. Zunker
Graduate Recognition for Academic Excellence
This award is presented to graduate mathematics majors at the Doctoral level who have completed at least 36 hours of 7000 level mathematics courses at Texas State and have a Texas State grade point average of at least 3.75.
- Sonalee Bhattacharyya
- Sarah E. Hanusch
- Lauren A. Hickman
- Carlos A. Mejia Colindres
- Yuliya M. Melnikova
- Namakshi Namakshi
- Michelle Schrauth
- Christina M. Starkey
Departmental Nominees for Outstanding Graduate Award - College of Science and Engineering
The applicant should exhibit leadership and participation in deparmental, college, and university activities. They must maintain a Texas State GPA of 3.25 or greater based on at least 18 hours of graduate work earned at Texas State.
- Joseph W. Skelton (Masters Level)
- Joni J. Schneider (Doctoral Level)
Awards & Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of our distinguished faculty and donors these awards and scholarships are given to majors in the department, based on academic merit, leadership and intellectual promise.
R.H. Bing Award
This award is presented to undergraduate mathematics majors on the basis of academic merit, leadership, and intellectual promise.
- Christopher J. Baker
Don and Helen Cude Award
This award is presented to undergraduates that have not previously received an award from this endowment with priority for selection to those seeking teacher certification.
- Derek J. Hammons
- Tyler L. Purcell
- Leah R. Ramirez
- Ellen B. Robinson
- Christopher M. Roosa
Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Achievement
This award at the Masters level is presented to a graduate mathematics major who has the highest grade point average (using only 5000 level mathematics courses) of those students who have completed at least 24 graduate mathematics hours toward their degree. Awarded based on academic merit, leadership, and intellectual promise.
- Jeanne-Marie C. Linker
This award at the Doctoral level is presented to the graduate mathematics major who has the highest grade point average (using only 7000 level mathematics courses) of those students who have completed at least 36 graduate mathematics hours and have passed all qualifying exams towards their degree. Awarded based on academic merit, leadership, and intellectual promise.
- Carlos A. Mejia Colindres
Lynn Tulloch Math Scholarship
Recipients are selected from applicants that are undergraduates pursuing Teacher Certification, with preference given to athletes.
- Leah R. Erenwert
- Jennifer N. Pirnik
Robert and Brita Northcutt Scholarship
Recipients are selected from applicants who are full-time Texas State students majoring in mathematics, with a Texas State GPA of at least 3.0, who have completed at least 30 hours of coursework at Texas State. Students may receive this scholarship multiple times.
- Abigail Angeles
- Brittany S. Enfield
Ross and Sarah Wayment Endowed Scholarship
Recipients are selected from applicants at all levels and is renewable for up to four years provided the required conditions are met. Preference will be given to students who have not received other scholarship or grant awards (of $1,000 or more per long semester) by mid-April.
- Meagan R. Benavides (Undergraduate)
- Angelica D. Martinez (Undergraduate)
- Sheryl M. Rosenthal (Undergraduate)
- Joseph W. Skelton (Masters Level)
- Sonalee Bhattacharyya (Doctoral Level)
- Joni J. Schneider (Initiative Award)
City of San Marcos Celebrates Math Awareness Month
San Marcos, TX - April 2, 2014
MATHEMATICS, MAGIC & MYSTERY!
Mayor Daniel Guerrero proclaims April as Mathematics Awareness Month in honor of the dedicated teachers, administrators and innovative school curricula at the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, as well as Texas State University’s Department of Mathematics and Texas Mathworks for providing a mathematical foundation for tomorrow’s citizens and leaders. In 2013, Texas Mathworks sponsored the world champion Primary Math Team in international competition in Hong Kong. L-R are Mayor Guerrero, Max Warshauer, City Council Member Wayne Becak, Monica Martin, City Council Member Shane Scott and Hiroko Warshauer (Photo by Don Anders).
Texas State students to participate in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students enrolled at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada. It awards scholarships with cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500 for the top students and $5,000 to $25,000 for the top schools, plus the top ten individual scores get tuition waived at Harvard, and the top 100 individual scores have their names mentioned by rank to leading universities. It is considered by many to be the most prestigious university-level mathematics examination in the world. The competition was founded in 1927 by Elizabeth Lowell Putnam in memory of her husband William Lowell Putnam, who was an advocate of intercollegiate intellectual competition. The exam has been offered annually since 1938 and is administered by the Mathematical Association of America. Each year the annual Putnam Competition is held on the first Saturday in December.
The examination will be constructed to test originality as well as technical competence. It is expected that the contestant will be familiar with the formal theories embodied in undergraduate mathematics. It is assumed that such training, designed for mathematics and physical science majors, will include somewhat more sophisticated mathematical concepts than is the case in minimal courses. Thus the differential equations course is presumed to include some references to qualitative existence theorems and subtleties beyond the routine solution devices. Questions will be included that cut across the bounds of various disciplines, and self-contained questions that do not fit into any of the usual categories may be included. It will be assumed that the contestant has acquired a familiarity with the body of mathematical lore commonly discussed in mathematics clubs or in courses with such titles as “survey of the foundations of mathematics.” It is also expected that the self-contained questions involving elementary concepts from group theory, set theory, graph theory, lattice theory, number theory, and cardinal arithmetic will not be entirely foreign to the contestant’s experience.
Blog from Math Grad Student
There is a brand new blog for the Graduate College and our very own Joni Schneider was the first featured posting.
Check it out at http://txstgradcollege.wordpress.com/
If any graduate students would like to post a “blog” they can contact Joni to get more information.
Carlos Mejia - Doctoral Research Assistant selected as a 2013-2014 CADRE Fellow
CADRE (Community for the Development of Research in Education) is a resource network for NSF's educational research grants. In addition to supporting Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto as the PI for the CAREER grant, CADRE provides opportunities for the grant's research assistants. Carlos joins a list of fellows from top universities including Harvard, Rutgers, Columbia University, and Michigan State University.