October 25, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College students (from left) Vita Bosco of Chester, N.Y., Cameron Pagan of Newburgh, N.Y., and Francisco Mojica of New Windsor, N.Y. present their findings at the inaugural SCUDEM competition, held at the Mount on Saturday, October 14.
Three Mount Saint Mary College students took part in the inaugural Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling (SCUDEM), which was hosted at the college on Saturday, October 14.
Teams were given their mathematical problems a week before the competition. During that time, they developed a modeling scenario and a 10 minute presentation. The purpose of the competition is to enhance the students’ skills and confidence in modeling with differential equations.
The competition, for high school students and undergraduates, was spearheaded by the Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations & Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE), a nonprofit organization that focuses on mathematical outreach.
Christina Alvey, assistant professor of mathematics at the Mount, codirected the competition, along with Brian Winkel of SIMIODE.
The Mount Saint Mary College team consisted of Vita Bosco of Chester, N.Y., Cameron Pagan of Newburgh, N.Y., and Francisco Mojica of New Windsor, N.Y.
Mojica is the first student to be enrolled in the Mount’s new BA in mathematics with an actuarial science concentration, which provides a foundation in mathematics and business.
“Actuarial science is an exciting intersection of mathematics and finance,” explained Alvey. “Experts in this field are highly sought after for a variety of positions in business, finance, government, and insurance.”
Actuaries use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to study uncertain future events, particularly those that are insurable.
The concentration includes courses in economics, business, finance, and mathematics, giving students a strong foundation to solve problems involving risk assessment, mitigation, and management.