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Wilders and Van Oyen publish article on symmetry of math and art

Professors Richard Wilders and Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central College Professor of Mathematics Richard Wilders and Professor of Music Larry Van Oyen publish article on art and transformations in math class.

Lawrence Van Oyen (photo, right), professor of music, and Richard Wilders (left), Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, had their co-authored article, “Turning Students into Symmetry Detectives,” published in the September issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The article discusses how the mathematical concept of symmetry can be used to analyze certain kinds of art.

C.J. Halverson

C.J. started at North Central planning to double-major in chemistry and physics. He earned a Dr. Robert H. Good Scholarship for physics majors, one of many scholarships available to North Central students.

As a freshman, he found he was “terrible in the chem lab” but loved problem-solving in physics. So he changed his second major from chemistry to applied mathematics.

His sophomore year, C.J. took two classes with less than seven students and liked that professors devote personal attention to students, no matter the class size.

“You can talk to the professors any time, even if you don’t have that professor for a current class. They work with you to make sure you have what you need for the course.”

C.J. enjoyed working as a lab assistant during the College’s Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium and looks forward to conducting additional research with a professor.

Record number of students to present at national research conference

A record 38 students from various academic areas will represent North Central at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.

 

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2011)—For the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

D-Term courses take students around the globe

In December, students take advantage of life-changing study abroad opportunities.

Jan. 24, 2011—North Central College’s trimester format offers students a break from regular classes between Thanksgiving and the new year. During December—or D-Term—students can take advantage of North Central’s study abroad opportunities.

North Central College hosts national math contests for high school students

North Central College will host American Mathematics Contest 10 and 12, the premier high school examinations in mathematics.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306, nadunker@noctrl.edu

Dec. 9, 2010—North Central College will host a testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 10 and 12 (AMC 10 and AMC 12) on Feb. 23. These contests are the premier high school examinations in mathematics.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

Murawska presents workshop to math teachers

Murawska presents workshop to math teachers

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Michelle Condie

Michelle investigated all that North Central’s math department had to offer before she declared her major. “Having a close relationship with my professors helped me find just what I was looking for,” she recalls. “Professor (Linda) Gao told me about the applied math major and I realized that’s what I needed for working in a business setting.”

Michelle appreciates the major’s focus on solving real-life problems and looks forward to studying econometrics, which uses statistical methods and empirical data to test economic models. “Applied math is perfect for me,” she says. “Plus I can still consider graduate school in statistics or economics down the road,” she says.

Majors Minors and Programs : Applied Mathematics

Students present their summer research to the campus

Students present their summer research to the campus

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For the past six weeks, 37 students and 15 faculty have participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) conducting research that spans many majors and topics. Students presented their research to the campus community July 21 in a poster format in Kroehler Science Center. Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, noted research can be lonely and slow-going at times, so students and faculty involved in SURC meet weekly to collaborate and discuss their work.


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