Gustavus Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Blog

Gustie CS Grad Doing Research in Switzerland

Helen Wauck, ’14 computer science, will be going to Switzerland for a research project collaboration for six months starting February 28, 2018 via the NSF GROW program (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide). Congratulations Helen!

MCS Alumni Profile: Betsy Langowski

Tell us about yourself. I graduated from Gustavus in 2008 with degrees in Mathematics and Communication Studies. I am currently working at Apple Inc. I’m an engineering manager. I manage a team called Binary Compatibility. It’s comprised of developers and QA engineers whose job it is to test third-party apps on unreleased software and hardware and ensure those apps aren’t broken on an API level. When we find an issue, we identify which framework is at fault and fix it.

Welcome Back

Those of you on campus this fall may notice some new faces in the MCS department.  We would like to officially welcome

2017 MCS Graduates

Congratulations to the class of 2017.  Here is what some of our Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics majors will be doing after graduation. Cara Christiansen majored in Computer Science and will be working at Kips. Neal Kroells majored in Statistics and Financial Accounting and will be working in industry.   Tim Watts majored in Mathematics Education and […]

March for Science

Dr. Michael Hvidsten, MCS faculty member,  was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio during  the March for Science event held in St. Paul this past weekend.  Read more about the event and what Hvidsten had to say here

Gustie Math Major Put to the Test

Congratulations to mathematics major Timothy Paczynski for scoring in the 48th percentile in the 2016 Putnam Exam.  According to the Mathematical Association of America’s website “The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the United States and Canada.”  Some of this year’s top scores came from Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Princeton […]

Publication News

Congratulations to Dr. Haoran Chen.  Dr. Chen published a problem in the April edition of The American Mathematical Monthly .  For more information about the Monthly, and to read the problem go to

2017 Pi Day Celebration

On Tuesday March 14 the MCS department hosted its annual pi day celebration.  The event was, as usual, well attended.  Pie and good conversation were had by all.  

MCS Seminar: Number Theory and Mathematical Physics:

Dr. Amy DeCelles from the University of St. Thomas will be speaking about Number Theory and Mathematical Physics:  Applying “applied math” to the “purest” of pure math”. Number theory consists of the mathematics that has been developed over the ages to answer seemingly simple questions about ordinary counting numbers, questions like, “Is it possible to find […]

Congratulations Laura!!!

Congratulations to MCS Assistant Professor Laura Boehm Vock.  Evan Michael Vock was born at 7:04 pm, Monday February 27.  He was 20 inches long and weighed 6 lbs 12 oz. Baby and Mom are home and doing well.