Department News

FALL 2016

It’s a busy semester here in the Mathematics and Statistics Department.  Dr. Su Dorêe is on sabbatical for the 2015-16 school year.

Dr. Miles Ott is looking for students interested in joining DATA, the Data Analysis Team of Augsburg.  Students interested in learning more should speak to him.

Dr. Pavel Bēlík is organizing teams for a variety of mathematical problem solving competitions upcoming this year.  He’d love to hear from you!

The fall meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America is October 14-15 at the U of M – right across the street.  Let Dr. Jody Sorensen know if you’re interested in attending – for free!

Spring 2016

Two important new developments this spring.

First, the name of our department is officially changing to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Second, a hearty congratulations to Dr. Matt Haines, who was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award at the April meeting of the North Central Section of the MAA (Mathematics Association of America).  Wow!

Summer 2014

Several mathematics students are engaged in research this summer.  Cory Haight-Nali is completing an URGO research project with Pavel Belik.  Alexander Greig and Jessica Linck did a project with Matt Haines.  Taylor Kuramoto is at NIMBIOS in Tennessee, studying the interface of mathematics and biology.  Becca Freese is doing the Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS) at the University of Minnesota.  Congratulations to all of our busy students!

May 2014

Thirteen students graduated with majors in Mathematics, and nearly half graduated with honors.  We are so happy for our students and look forward to hearing about their many accomplishments.  Congratulations!

MAY 1, 2012

Students: good luck with finals – study hard!

Congratulations to our graduates!

Answer: This event is a lot of fun!


Question: What is the undergraduate Math Jeopardy Tournament hosted by Unbounded, Augsburg’s Math Club?

Answer: Macalester College, University of St. Thomas, Concordia University – St. Paul.

Question: What schools will compete against Augsburg in Math Jeopardy?

Answer: Hoversten Chapel, Friday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.

Question: Where and when is 2012 Math Jeopardy Tournament being held?

Answer: Two rounds. First round – general interest math and questions up through about calc 2 ish. Second round – general interest math and questions beyond Calc 2 material. Up to 8 people on a school team (4 for first round, 4 for second round).

Question: What is the format?

Mark your calendars!!!

Augsburg at the Konhauser ProblemFest XX

FEBRUARY 25, 2012

On Saturday, February 25, 3 teams of Augsburg students traveled to Macalester College to participate in the 20th Konhauser Problemfest, a team mathematics competition of regional colleges. The 3 teams of 3 students each – the most ever that Augsburg has sent to the competition – vanquished challenging mathematical problems on the 3-hour, 10 question exam. The team participants were Carl Benson, Will Gubash, Joe Rossetter, Ryan Mulcahy, Megan Sutherland, Jasmine Zand, HeeChan Kang, Kaleb Saindon, and Austin Wagner. Past competition problems can be viewed here. Many thanks to Professor Matt Haines and Professor Mike Weimerskirch for organizing the teams!

Graduate School Roundtable

FEBRUARY 12, 2012

Come join alumna Gaby Hamerlinck and other University of Iowa STEM graduate students for a roundtable discussion about graduate school


When: Friday, February 10

2:30-3:30 p.m. or 4:30-5:30 p.m.*

*Repeat sessions – attend either! Informal meet & greet from 3:30-4:30

No RSVP necessary – all interested students welcome Where: Science 108

Alumna Gaby Hamerlinck graduated in 2010 with a double major in biology and mathematics. While at Augsburg, she did research in mathematical biology with John Zobitz (along with current student Kayla Johnson). She also was a McNair Scholar, a North Star STEM Fellow, and a member of both the women’s soccer and track teams. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in biology at the University of Iowa, where she is studying gene expression profiles in hybrid Drosophila. On February 10, she will visit Augsburg with several other graduate students in STEM fields to discuss the graduate school experience.

Do you have problems? We do!


The Konhauser Problemfest XX will be held at Macalester College on Saturday 25 February 2012. Students compete in teams of 3. The competition is 9:00-noon and the award ceremony follows a few hours later. Cash prizes for top scoring teams are awarded and the cherished pizza theorem traveling Konhauser Trophy is passed on the winning team’s school. A picture of the trophy and a link to past problems and solutions can be found here. If you have interest in participating, please contact Prof. Matt Haines ( or Prof. Mike Weimerskirch (

Professor Mike Weimerskirch featured on NPR

JANUARY 14, 2012

Mike Weimerskirch was interviewed on NPR’s national sports show “Only a Game” produced at WBUR in Boston. From the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston last week, mathematicians tried to explain the statistics of tournaments and the Bowl Championship Series. Unfortunately, their conclusion was that tournament champions usually just win because they have a winning streak. You can listen to the show at here.

Mathematics Major runs for Minnesota State Senate

DECEMBER 12, 2011

Fellow Mathematics and Secondary Education Major Ben Schwanke (’12) is running for Minnesota State Senate, District 59. The election on January 10 is a special election for a vacant State Senate seat. You can read more about Ben’s candidacy at or follow him on twitter by@voteschwanke. The mathematics department wishes Ben the best of luck on his candidacy.

Annual Holiday Party

DECEMBER 5, 2011

Come celebrate the end of the year with the department holiday party. The department holiday party this year will take place in Science Hall 108, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 9, 2011.Exquisite foods and beverages will be served (including lutefisk).

Results from the15th annual NCS-MAA Team Contest

NOVEMBER 12, 2011

On Saturday, November 12, Augsburg fi elded two teams for the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America Team Math Contest. Team Klein Bottle (Austin Wagner and Carl Benson) and Team Diversity (Amani Al-Qubati, HeeChan Kang, Thu Nguyen) made a strong showing. Teams had three hours to solve 10 challenging problems—no calculators, no books, no internet—just pencils and chalk. 76 teams representing 26 schools participated. Top scoring teams came from Carleton, St. Olaf, and the UofM Twin Cities.

Math Major receives Armed Forces Scholarship

AUGUST 17, 2011

Mathematics major Sgt Anthony C. Yankovec (Tony) was selected to receive the $2,500 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) War Veterans Scholarship this year. Tony was anticipating taking his last mathematics class this year in order to graduate. However, his unit is once again being deployed overseas for active duty putting his academic plans on hold. He is considering taking an Analysis text along with him so that he will be ready for the course over a year from now. We wish Tony the best this year and look forward to his return to complete his degree.

Al Garver checks in

AUGUST 15, 2011

Al Garver (’10) recently checked in, letting us know about graduate school. Here is what he had to say:

“Graduate school at Minnesota is going very well. I was in the MS program over this past year and I will be joining the PhD program in mathematics in the fall. The first year pretty successful. I completed the basic real analysis and algebra sequences and I also passed my algebra preliminary exam. I also took a course on cluster algebras and quiver representations from one of the new members of the combinatorics faculty Gregg Musiker.

“This summer I have been teaching Math 1031 College Algebra and Probability. For this course, I am the primary instructor rather than a TA so I’ve had to write the exams and plan all of the lectures. I’m looking forward to the coming academic year. I will be taking algebraic geometry, basic combinatorics, and manifolds/algebraic topology. I also have my real analysis preliminary exam on the 1st so hopefully that goes well.”

Thanks for checking in Al!  Alums: feel free to drop us a line to let us know how you are doing.

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