Pythagoras, Einstein and cryptology were just a few of the topics addressed at this year’s Fall Student Mathematics Symposium at West Virginia University .

The Oct. 28 event held on the WVU campus was co-sponsored by the WVU Department of Mathematics in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The symposium, which has been presented annually since 1990, gives high school students a chance to learn about novel areas of mathematics from interactive presentations by college faculty.

Fifty-one students attended, including home-schooled students and students from Keyser, Preston , Morgantown , Bridgeport , Buckhannon-Upshur, Wheeling Park , Wirt County , Riverside and University high schools. Deloris Lipps ( Wirt County ), Penny Glass (Keyser), Brenda Flanigan and Grant Spencer ( Bridgeport ), and Patty Christy ( Riverside ) accompanied their students. WVU faculty and graduate students joined the participants for the talks and at a lunch reception in the Mountainlair.

This year the symposium included three formal presentations:

  • How RSA Encryption Works,by Michael Mays, professor of mathematics

  • Linking Pythagoras and Einstein,by Melanie Butler, assistant professor of mathematics

  • Solving Problems Using Mathematical Induction,by Jerzy Wojciechowski, associate professor of mathematics

All of the presenters engaged the students in discovering parts of their final results, withhomeworksuggesting problems and projects for further study and research.

Students who participated were:

Masih Ahmed
Nadia Ahmed

Elizabeth Banta

Jordan BeckettTyler Burton

Emily Calendrelli

Dylan Callery

Kenneth Case

Alan Chen

Brendan Cline

Nicholas Dunbar

Mark Dyer

Michael Ehrhart

Rebecca Flynn

Tom Freeland

Daych Fung

Kristen Graeber Andy Hall

Ryan Hanlon

Yonina Hoffman

Nichole Howell

Jessie Jones

Jamie Karraker

Matt Kaufmann

Jessica Kelley

Colin Kemp

Tawfiq Khoury

Joshua Klinestiver

Mitch Kosowski

Eric Lopez

Jacob Lubman

Andrew McIntyre

Neal Meredith

Emily Moore Tori Murray

Tara Myers

Cara Parcell

Daniel Parks

Anna Riley

Amanda Shaffer

Michael Sink

Matt Stout

Nate Swearingen

Bobby Tappe

Ken Taubenslag

Marcus Thomas

Cameron Tucker

Tim Walker

Blake Williams

Tierra Williams

Bradlee Wolfe