Ben Ingram, who received an M.S. degree from our department in 2008, had
winnings of $177,534 from a run on Jeopardy that ended being televised on
July 11, 2013. This is the ninth highest all-time winnings ever on Jeopardy.
We look forward to seeing him participate in Jeopardy's Tournament of
Dr. Alan M. Nathan will present on February 8, 2013 a talk on "The Physics of Baseball" in the Amoco Hall in USC's Swearingen Engineering center. After a long career studying high-speed collisions of subatomic particles, Alan Nathan now studies collisions between baseballs and bats. Whether you're a scientist, a baseball enthusiast, or just a sports fan, join us at 7:00pm as we explore the world of knuckleballs, pop flies, and home runs using the powers of mathematics and physics! The talk is free and open to the public. Photos from this event are available Here.
Congratulations to our Putnam Competition team. Last Fall a total of 4277 students from 578 colleges and universities in Canada and
the USA participated in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. There were teams from 407 institutions and our team ranked 25th. Our top scoring students were Cole Franks, Daniel Grier, Reid Harris, and Anna Kirkpatrick.
This talk is sponsored by Carolina Science Outreach and the University of South Carolina's Athletics Department, Department of Mathematics, and Department of Physics & Astronomy.
Congratulations to Kathy Kustin, who was awarded this Fall the Excellence in Teaching Award by the University of South Carolina Alpha chapter of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society.
Our Pen Pal Program (connected to the Math 221 and 222 courses) has been selected to be included with the university's submission for the President's Honor Roll for Community Service.
In previous years, the university has been on the Honor Roll with High Distinction for programs such as Cocky's Reading Express, the Challenging Horizon's Program, and the Waverly Center.
We are very excited about having our pen pal correspondence included in this year's submission. You can view the full submission at
Dr. George McNulty has been selected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.
Congratulations to the Surf Scholars named by the South Carolina Honors College. Artem Aleshin "Unimodality of Whitney Numbers in a Simple Matroid" with Dr. Joshua Cooper and Matt Corley "Cubic Fields and Rings" with Dr. Frank Thorne.
We are proud to extend departmental congratulations to Taylor Jones on winning a very prestigious University leadership and service award! He won the Wilson-Kibler Bicentennial Award which also comes with a scholarship.
*We are proud to announce that two Math majors are among the three USC students named 2012 Goldwater Scholars! They are William “Cole” Franks and Daniel Grier, both of whom are attending the prestigious Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. We look forward to welcoming them back from Hungary. The full press release is here.
The USC Math Jeopardy team placed 4th out of over 30 teams at the 2012 Southeast Regional Meeting of the Math. Assn. of America. Our team of Reggie Bain, Connor Bain, Reid Harris, and Richard Voepel was supervised by grad student Virginia Johnson. Great job! Thanks to Pi Mu Epsilon/Gamecock Math Club, the Department’s donors, and especially the Residence Hall Assn. for their support of the team.