Gustavus Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Blog

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.

MCS Seminar: Flipped Instruction

Mr. Kennedy graduated from Gustavus and is a very popular high school math teacher at St. Peter High School.  He will be speaking about Flipped Instruction on Monday, March 6th from 3:30-4:30 in Olin 321.  Refreshments will be provided.   “Flipped Instruction is a general term used for a learning strategy where instructional content is […]

MCS Alumni Profile: Andrew Pearson

How did the MCS department help you get where you are today? It taught me how to read, manipulate, and understand data sets. Using logic to mold data into a useful form can simplify data integration and analytics. Also I used examples from projects and papers from both Modeling and Applied Statistics classes to help job interviewers and colleagues understand the types of work that keep me interested.

MCS Alumni Profile: Braden Rogness

Tell us about yourself. I graduated from Gustavus in 2007 with a degree in Computer Science. I am currently working at Rogness Consulting, LLC. I’m the Supreme Chancellor there and have been contracting/consulting with other companies for the past 2.5 years. How did the MCS department help you get where you are today? I got […]

MCS Alumni Profile: Corey Sanborn

Tell us about yourself. I graduated from Gustavus in 1998 with a degree in Computer science. I am currently working at US Bank doing  finance and IT work. How did the MCS department help you get where you are today? Helped me get an internship (and my first job) at Accenture.   Thanks for the […]