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Clarkson Student Has Prize-Winning Poster at National Mathematics Conference

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Clarkson University student Jeffrey M. Ward, a sophomore majoring in math and computer science, was a winner in the poster session portion of the joint AMS/MAA Mathematics Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas, January 12-15.mathscienceaward

Ward presented a poster titled “Quantum Walks on Circulant Bunkbeds” that detailed his collaborative work done over the summer of 2005 as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, a joint effort between Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Approximately 4,500 mathematicians attended the annual meeting. Information sessions included the involvement of mathematics in popular culture, in sports and games, in the arts, current events in mathematics, and mathematics education reform.

The joint mathematics meetings are held for the purpose of advancing mathematical achievement, encouraging research, and to provide the communication necessary to progress and encourage mathematical scholarship.

In addition to visually inspecting the posters, judges queried the presenters about their research and then judged the winning posters. There were approximately 120 poster entries. Ward received $100 for his winning poster.

"Jeff's performance in Texas showcased his mature mathematical thinking," remarked Ward's REU advisor, Christino Tamon, Clarkson associate professor of mathematics and computer science. "Our REU program also allows Clarkson students to collaborate with students from other universities. Jeff's joint work with the other REU students, which include Peter Lo of St. Mary's College, Siddharth Rajaram of Middlebury College, Diana Schepens of Houghton College, and Daniel Sullivan of Swarthmore College, will also appear as an article in the journal of Quantum Information and Computation. Overall, I was very proud of the combined efforts of Jeff and Sid for our poster submission.”

Ward is a member of the Clarkson Honors Program. Focusing on current and emerging problems in science, technology and society, the Honors Program offers special academic challenges and opportunities for Clarkson University's most promising students. The program also fosters collaborative relationships between exceptional students and faculty, offers specially developed classes and research experiences, and engages its members fully in the intellectual life of the University. Enrollment is restricted to approximately 30 students per class year.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson sophomore Jeffrey M. Ward and Associate Professor Christino Tamon (L) hold Ward's poster entered in the joint AMS/MAA Mathematics Conference held recently in San Antonio, Texas.  Ward's poster was one of the winning presentations.

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