MAA Undergraduate Poster Session

The JMM MAA Undergraduate Student Poster session!

The JMM MAA Undergraduate Student Poster session!

Undergrads are amazing these days!  At least at the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session, anyway.  Looking around at the over 200 posters, I came to the conclusion that I was a real underachiever in those days.  These students are doing really exciting things.  They are confident, they are polished, they are pretty much killing it. Here are a few scenes from the floor:

Shaquille Dixon of Costal Carolina University presented a poster on space filling curves. His project was inspired by a YouTube video, which got Shaquille thinking about how to change an image into an audible signal for the visually impaired.

Shaquille Dixon of Costal Carolina University presented a poster on space filling curves. His project was inspired by a YouTube video, which got Shaquille thinking about how to change an image into an audible signal for the visually impaired.

Anne Marie Crinnion, Harvard, explains her poster to Bjorn Poonen of MIT.

Anne Marie Crinnion, Harvard, explains her poster to Bjorn Poonen of MIT.  Anne Marie’s poster describes her work using graph theory to develop a model for human speech recognition.

Thayer Meyer, of Virginia Military Institute, began his poster with a very heavy question: "What is the shape of reality?"

Thayer Meyer, of Virginia Military Institute, began his poster with a very heavy question: “What is the shape of the universe?”

Kayla Perez of The Evergreen State College and Elsa Magness of Seattle University presented a poster on Knot Lineage. Their poster included their own REU work with Alison Heinrich and Brianna Zimmer on the Trefoil knot.

Kayla Perez of The Evergreen State College and Elsa Magness of Seattle University presented a poster on Knot Lineage. Their poster included their own REU work with Alison Heinrich and Brianna Zimmer on the Trefoil knot.

Three judges visited each poster and talked with the student.  The top posters will receive glory and fame tomorrow morning at 9 AM, and all students will get written feedback from the judges.  The MAA also  provided travel funding for select students to come to the JMM and present their posters.  Here, MAA Programs Coordinator Margaret Maurer and Dora Cardenas Ahmadi, also of the MAA, cut apart and sort the ballots.  Dora and Margaret swear that next year the ballots are going digital.

Dora Ahmadi and Margaret Maurer of the MAA processing the judging slips.

Dora Ahmadi and Margaret Maurer of the MAA processing the judging slips.

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