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Rutgers Undergraduate Students stand out at 2019 NJ Math Conference and Competition

More than 20 Rutgers undergraduates participated in the  2019 Garden State Undergraduate Mathematics Conference and New Jersey Undergraduate Mathematics Competition  on Saturday April 13 at Raritan Valley Community College.    

Rutgers fielded four teams of three students each in a field of 28 teams from 14 different institutions, and Rutgers teams occupied the top three slots in the scoring:

First Place:  Amnon Attali, Roberta Shapiro and Mik Zlatin

Second Place:  Gabriel Eiseman, Scott Harman, and Anton Maliev

Third Place:  Colin Fan, Brian Lai, and Danni Xu.

 Another Rutgers team  Valeriy Sergeev, Xiang Yao, and Larry Frolov  finished in the top half of all teams.

Our participants also ranked very highly in terms of individual scores: Gabriel Eiseman tied another student for the second highest score, and Roberta Shapiro, Mik Zlatin, and Colin Fan were part of a five-way tie for the next highest score.

In the undergraduate research presentation portion of the meeting, two of six talks were given by Rutgers students:

 Anton Maliev (Pattern Avoidance in Permutations) and Roberta Shapiro (The Curve Complex:  Bridging Topology and Algebra).  Roberta earned one of two best presentation awards.

Four of our students participated in gave excellent poster presentations about their research Alya Bukhari and Jennifer Hoffman (LU Decompositions, Q-Series and Partition Identities), Amanda Liyanaarachchi (One-parameter Generalizations of Little Goellnitz Identities), and Dale Mack (Enumeration of Tic-tac-toe-like Games). , Amanda Liyanaarachchi was one of the four award-winners for posters.

Rutgers participation was sponsored by Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Undergraduate Mathematics Honors Committee Michael Beals, Assistant Teaching Professors David Molnar and Matthew Russell, and Graduate Student Matthew Charnley, who joins the faculty in the fall 2019 as a  Assistant Teaching Professor.