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LSU Actuarial Science Program Progresses to Society of Actuaries Advanced Curriculum

LSU Math Actuarial Student Association

The LSU Department of Mathematics Actuarial Science program recently received Advanced Curriculum (UCAP-AC) recognition from the Society of Actuaries (SOA). This advancement in the status of the Actuarial Science program has been a long-term goal for the LSU Department of Mathematics, and to receive UCAP-AC status, the Actuarial program was restructured with the cooperation of the LSU Department of Experimental Statistics to alter available coursework to better prepare students for additional SOA exams.

LSU Students Score in Putnam Competition

Scores were recently released for the 2019 Putnam Mathematical Competition, which was held on Dec. 7, 2019. This competition includes 570 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, and consists of a lengthy 6-hour written exam with 12 challenging problems. Although the maximum possible score is 120 points, the median is typically 0 or 1 point!

Peg and Tom Madden Mathematics Research Scholarship

Peg and Tom Madden The creation of the Peg and Tom Madden Mathematics Research Scholarship was made possible by a gift from Dr. James Madden, Patricia Hewlett Bodin Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. This new scholarship is intended to encourage and support LSU Mathematics Undergraduates who are actively engaged in research experiences in the department.

2019 LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award for Soula O'Bannon

Soula O'Bannon Soula O'Bannon received a 2019 LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award. The LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award is an annual award established to recognize the superior work performance and outstanding contributions of full-time, non-academic staff employees of the LSU A&M campus and the LSU AgCenter.

(Photo: Soula O'Bannon with Saundra McGuire)

LSU Scores at Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest

LSU students performed very well on the 41st. Annual Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest (VTRMC). This annual competition consists of a challenging two and half hour written exam, and there were 758 participants from 98 colleges and universities from 29 states. Out of a maximum possible score of 70 points, the national median was 1 point.,

Susanne C. Brenner elected SIAM President

Susanne Brenner

LSU Boyd Professor of Mathematics Susanne C. Brenner has been named President-Elect of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for 2020. Dr. Brenner previously served on the SIAM Fellows Selection Committee from 2014-2016 (and as Chair from 2015-2016), and presently serves on the editorial board of SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, and was named Editor-In-Chief of SIAM Classics in Applied Mathematics in 2018.

Research of Blaise Bourdin featured in SIAM News

Fractures Blaise Bourdin and Gilles Francfort (Department of Mathematics, Université Paris 13) were invited to contribute an article on their research on Past and Present of Variational Fracture to the November 2019 issue of SIAM News.

LSU Nicholson Professor of Mathematics Robert Lipton Named AMS Fellow

Robert Lipton LSU Nicholson Professor of Mathematics Robert Lipton was named Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for the Class of 2020. The Fellows program of the AMS began in 2011 as a means to recognize those members “who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics” and it is among the duties of elected Fellows “to provide a “public face” of excellence in mathematics”.

2019 Curtis E. Huntington Memorial Scholarship for Math Major Sarah Davidson

Sarah Davidson Math major Sarah Davidson received a 2019 Curtis E. Huntington Memorial Scholarship from the Actuarial Foundation.