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SRU Good News for April 13, 2012

SRU students earn Mathematical Contest in Modeling awards

Slippery Rock University students working in teams of three have captured meritorious, successful participant and honorable mention awards in the 2012 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

All three teams worked on Problem B, which required teams to analyze boat and camping trips down a hypothetical “Big Long River.”

Chelsea Benzie, a physics major from Fort Dodge, Iowa; Matthew Conner, a physics major from Emlenton; and Robert Lindenberg, a computer science major from Delmont, captured a meritorious award as Team Ninja. Brett Brown, a mathematics major from Aliquippa; Alex Maben, a mathematics major from Limestone, N.Y.; and Ryan Slean, a mathematics major from Allison Park, received an honorable mention as Team Zombie. Mike Tasota, a computer science major from Pittsburgh; Bryan Learn, a computer science major from Vandergrift; and Joe Heckmann, a computer science major from Pittsburgh, received successful participant honors as Team Awesome.

The competition drew 3,697 teams from throughout the world. The online competition, for undergraduates, required participants to use mathematical modeling to solve real world problems.

Only 11 percent of participating teams captured a meritorious award. Other meritorious institutions included Cambridge University, Peking University and Duke University.

Robert Vallin, professor of math, and Jacqueline Jensen, instructor of mathematics, served as advisers to the SRU teams.