


AQ Difference 



Math is Never Boring! 
 Five of the outstanding senior award winners in 2014 were math majors!
 Professor Ciganik continues expanding community relationship with William C. Abney to benefit both AQ students and WCA students.
 Drs. Fox and McDaniel have MohlerThompson research grants for summer 2014. Dr. Fox is working with Krystin Dreyer on algebraic topology and Dr. McDaniel is working with Kyle Jansens on knot theory.
 Junior AQ student, Noah Davis, has his paper set to appear in the RoseHulman Undergraduate Math Journal. He plans to finish the elliptic case of squaring the circle this summer and present his work at the Pi Mu Epsilon conference in Portland, Oregon in August 2014.
 Professors Ciganik and McDaniel along with Dean Clatterbuck, have a grant from the DeVos Foundation to develop a summer math experience built for reducing summer learning loss and while providing a collegeexperience for innercity Grand Rapids Public School students.
 Math majors provided 400+ hours of free mathematic tutoring to AQ students during the 20132014 academic year.
 Game days are a fun, social way for students to gather in the math suite and play games. Hosted by Dr. Joe Spencer, the following is a loyal one that love to try new strategic board games. You do not need to be a math major to enjoy this!
 Mathematics professors are involved outside of the department. Dr. Jasho Ghosh writes for the Saint and attends classes in other disciplines, while others are involved in student clubs, Mass and Rosary, student retreats.
 Mathematician, Professor, Statistician and Actuary – Top four jobs as stated by Career Post could be yours by obtaining a degree in mathematics from Aquinas College! We have alumni in these positions!


Student Publications 
We have five published researchers from the Aquinas College Department of Mathematics! 
 Megan Ternes's article, Tangent circles in the hyperbolic disk, appeared in the RoseHulman Undergraduate Math Journal, Fall 2012. >Read Megan's article
 Noah Davis's article,
Squaring the circle in the hyperbolic disk, has been submitted to Mathematics Magazine.
 Jane Kraemer’s article, Fibonacci numbers and chord diagrams, appeared in the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal, Spring 2011 (Volume 13, Number 4.) >Read Jane's article (pdf)
 Jillian Duffey (Russo)’s article, Hyperbolic polygonal spirals, is in the RoseHulman Undergraduate Math Journal, Fall 2010 volume.
>Read Jillian's article (pdf)
 Nate Poirier is the most recent researcher. His article, Alhazen’s hyperbolic billiard problem, has been accepted at Berkeley’s Involve Journal. >Read Nate's article (pdf)
 Professor Laura Shuman is also published in Involve.

These are top, refereed journals and the math department is proud to see the benefits of the MohlerThompson summer research grants paying off so quickly. View the cover of Involve to learn more about Nate and Laura's articles. Involve (pdf) 

Actuarial Association 
Our past Math Club president Andrew Borgman became our latest student to pass the P Actuarial exam and the first to receive his reimbursement from the Sr. Mary Catherine Brechting OP Fund. This highly competitive exam costs just under $200. The Aquinas College Department of Mathematics supports students interested in Actuarial Science with its Aquinas Actuarial Association which keeps track of old exams and sets up professor/student study groups. 

Internet Security Minor 
The Math Department has created a CIS/Math minor in internet security. The unusual math components are a Math and Technology seminar where students learn to program in Maple and other technological packages, Number Theory and Modern Cryptography which builds on Number Theory to study the current internet security standard, RSA and its rivals for the next standard. We also study the ways to hack RSA and its rivals. 

Outstanding Senior Awards 2014 

Graduating senior Tyler Nadeau was honored as the Mathematics Department's Outstanding Senior for the 20132014 academic year.
Congratulations Tyler! 



