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H-SC Students to speak on their research

On Monday, September 21 Hampden-Sydney math majors Cameron Auker ’11, Alex Smith ’10, and Christopher Tait ’10 will speak on the research they did over the summer as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.  The Hampden-Sydney Math Club is hosting the event, which will take place in Bagby 217. […]

Research Experience at James Madison University

Hello everyone.  My name is Christopher Tait and I am a senior here at Hampden-Sydney.  I am a Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematical Economics major.  I attended a Research Experience for Undergraduates(REU) at James Madison University this summer.  Dr. Pendergrass asked me to blog about my experience researching at JMU this summer.  The REU included eight […]

Statistics In Demand

The New York Times has an article today on a hot new newly hot field – statistics: I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians,” said Hal Varian, chief economist at Google. “And I’m not kidding.” The real driver is actually a combination of analytical and computer skills. […]

Time Magazine Lists Top 10 Jobs for the Recession

The recession is affecting everyone.  But pockets of opportunity remain for those with the right skills and motivation.  Prof. Paul Hemler sends along this item from Time magazine on “Finding a New Boom Amid the Bust”.  A quote: America remains a land of opportunity and will continue to reward go-getters chasing dreams of wealth. But […]

H-SC Math majors accepted into NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs

This just in:  H-SC Math majors Cameron Auker and Alex Smith have been accepted into the National Science Foundation‘s Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs.  These programs provide the opportunity for undergraduates to work with talented peers from across the country on research in mathematics under the supervision of an experienced researcher. More details to follow.  […]

The Equation that Killed Wall Street

Wired magazine has an excellent article about what went wrong on Wall Street, leading to the current recession. One large factor was the reliance on dubious mathematical models to manage risk. The article focuses on a formula that was at the heart of many of these models. You can find the article at

What I Like About Mathematics

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Mathematica talk on February 9th

On Monday, February 9th,  Andy Dorsett of Wolfram Research will give a talk on “Mathematica 7 in Education and Research”.  The talk will be from 4pm to 5:30 pm in Bagby Hall, Room 217, and will include time for questions. Mr. Dorsett’s abstract for the talk follows: To support the Hampden Sydney College site license, […]

Best job in the country: Mathematician

But don’t take my word for it.  Check out the Wall Street Journal article.  Some choice snippets: According to the study, mathematicians fared best in part because they typically work in favorable conditions…The study also considers pay, which was determined by measuring each job’s median income and growth potential. Mathematicians’ annual income was pegged at […]