Archive for 2018

MCS Puzzle Contest

We have been sending out a weekly teaser problem in our announcements of the Pizza & Problem Solving sessions in the MCS Department.  Although we are finished meeting for the year, we’d still like to offer some problems and puzzles for you to work on.  We’ll have some small prizes for the best solutions.  You can find the […]

MCS Puzzle Contest

Hello All,   We have been sending out a weekly teaser problem in our announcements of the Pizza & Problem Solving sessions that the MCS Department has been hosting on Tuesday afternoons. We would like to make this a little more official and turn these into a problem solving contest. The plan is to post a problem (or two) maybe […]

MCS Alumni Profile: Jillian (Lyon) Downey ’08

Jillian (Lyon) Downey graduated from Gustavus in 2008 with a degree in mathematics.  She received her MS in Statistics from The University of Iowa in 2010 and her PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University in 2017.  She is now an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Truman State University (Kirksville, MO)   Congratulations and good luck with […]

2018 Pi Day

Pictures from the 2018 Pi Day celebration.  

MCS Alumni Profile: Laura (Graen) Rapacz ’01

Tell us about yourself. I graduated from Gustavus in 2001 with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. I am currently working as an actuary at Travelers. How did the MCS department help you get where you are today? The MCS department gave me great math and computer science  background.  However, I wish I had taken […]

2018 Konhauser Problemfest

This year's Konhauser Problemfest took place on Sat, Feb 17 at the University of St Thomas. The Konhauser Problemfest is an annual problem competition for three-person teams from private colleges throughout Minnesota. The contest was started in 1993 in honor of the late Joe Konhauser, a long-time professor at Macalester who was a very active problemist. The winning college gets the traveling trophy, a granite sculpture of the pizza theorem and its proof.

MCS Problem Solving Group

The MCS department will be sponsoring problem solving sessions throuout the spring semester.  Pizza and problems will be provided.   See the MCS Events Calendar for the time and location. Here is a sample of this weeks problem provided by Dr. Jacob Siehler. Here’s a quick little question to get your brain working.  You know […]

MCS Alumni Profile: Andrew Tilman (’11)

Tell us about yourself. I graduated from Gustavus in 2011 with a degree in Mathematics. I am currently working at the University of Pennsylvania as a Postdoc in mathematical biology. How did the MCS department help you get where you are today? My degree in math has really shaped how I view the world and […]