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KME National Mathematics Convention hosted by Evangel University, April 6-8

Published on Apr 3, 2017 by Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Evangel University is hosting the 41st Biennial National Convention of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national honor society for mathematics, on April 6-8, 2017. The KME convention will feature ten student presentations and four faculty workshops.

KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major.

“Evangel has had a longstanding relationship with KME since our chapter, Missouri Theta, was installed in 1971,” said Dr. Don Tosh, professor of mathematics. This is the third time that Evangel will be hosting the national convention.

Tosh served as the national president of KME from 2005 to 2009.

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“The highlights of the convention are the presentations by student speakers and faculty-led workshops,” said Dianne Twigger, assistant professor of math at Evangel and conference coordinator. “One of Evangel’s senior mathematics students, Catherine Ross, is among the ten student presenters.”

Students and faculty members from as far as Virginia State University and as near as Missouri State University will be in attendance.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Eve Torrence, professor of mathematics at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va. She will be presenting “A Mathematical Art Gallery Tour” on Friday evening at the banquet.

KME chapters’ members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction.

Student Presentations

“Modeling the Wind Resource of Southwest Kansas” by Parker LaMascus, Oklahoma Epsilon, Oklahoma Christian University

“Concerning the Growth of Animal Populations in Minecraft” by Joshua Stucky, Tennessee Gamma, Union University

“Algebraic Structure of Labeled Graphs Joined by j Edges”
by Shahriyar Roshan Zamir, Georgia Zeta, Georgia Gwinnett College

“Global Stability Analysis of Zika Virus Dynamics”
by Hayley Hutson, Missouri Alpha, Missouri State University

“A Curriculum Guide: Exploring Careers in STEM” by Ashley Beard, Missouri Beta, University of Central Missouri

“Coloring R𝒏” by Zach Bowen, Landis Duff & Jacob Rowley, Kansas Alpha, Pittsburg State University

“Detecting Point Radiation Sources Using Distributed Sensors” by Chelsea Mitchell, Virginia Alpha, Virginia State University

“Application of SVD: Information Retrieval and Document Ranking” by Blake Jackson & Chris Mount, Alabama Theta, Jacksonville State University

“Housing Market Time Series Analysis – Before and After Housing Bubble” by Katelynn Robinson, Kansas Delta, Washburn University

“Elliptical Illusion” by Catherine Ross, Missouri Theta, Evangel University


“Calculus Limits via Infinitesimals (they’re easier!)” by Bryan Dawson, Tennessee Gamma, Union University

“Bell-y Math: Connections between Mathematics and Change Ringing” by Cynthia Huffman, Kansas Alpha, Pittsburg State University

“Shapes and Smiles” by John C.D. Diamantopoulos, Oklahoma Alpha, Northeastern State University

“Using R for Simulation Studies” by Angela Crumer & Jason Shaw, Kansas Delta, Washburn University


National conventions of Kappa Mu Epsilon are held in the odd numbered years, and six regional conventions are held in the even numbered years.

The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Evangel offers majors in applied mathematics, mathematics and math education. For more information on the department or the conference, contact Dianne Twigger at Evangel University at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8330.