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NMU Invitational Programming Contest A Success!

The NMU Invitational Programming Contest was held on Saturday, March 28th in Jamrich Hall.  For contest results, click here.

Runners Needed - NMU Invitational Programming Contest

We have a very large number of teams signed up for the Programming Contest this Saturday (3/28/15).  Only a small number of people have volunteered to be runners.  We need more.  A lot more!  Runners deliver flash drives from the teams to the judges.  The judges grade the answers on the drive and then runners deliver the drives back to teams.  You don't have to know anything about programming to be a runner.  If you're interested, please email Dr. Andrew Poe.

Shout-Out to Math Challenge Volunteers!

A big high-five and thank you to all the NMU students and faculty who volunteered at this year's  U.P. High School Math Challenge!  We had twice as many teams this year which meant twice as much to do and you did a wonderful job.  Several high schools gave great feedback.

Math Challenge 2015 Student Volunteers   Math Challenge 2015 Faculty Volunteers


Organizational Meeting-U.P. High School Math Challenge

There will be an organizational meeting for the U.P. High School Math Challenge tomorrow (2/25/15) at 4 PM in JXJ 2104.  We have the highest number of teams ever registered and are in need of student volunteers!  Our student volunteers emcee the event, distribute/collect problems, grade problems, distribute food and run the awards assembly.  If you're interested in volunteering for this event, please come to the meeting tomorrow!  If you can't attend the meeting but are interested in volunteering, contact Dr. Andy Poe.  Believe us, we won't turn down any volunteers!  It's going to be a big contest!

BonzAI Brawl Sign-Up

The BonzAI Brawl will take place at MTU on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  The Brawl is the single largest annual academic competition in the Upper Peninsula.  Transportation and lodging on Friday night will be provided by NMU; meals on Saturday will be provided by MTU.  If you're interested in competing, there are sign-up sheets in the Computer Science Lab (JXJ 2311).

16th Annual NMU Invitational Programming Contest Sign-Up

The 16th Annual NMU Invitational Programming Contest will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  The contest runs from   12-5 PM.  Lunch and dinner will be provided and you will receive a T-shirt.  If you would like to compete or volunteer as a runner for the event, there are sign-up sheets in the Computer Science Lab (JXJ 2311).

Elementary Education Math Club Meetings - Winter Semester 2015

The Elementary Education Math Club will meet this semester at 5 PM on Thursdays in 3802 West Science.


ACM Meetings - Winter Semester 2015

The student chapter of  ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) will meet this semester at 4 PM on Wednesdays in the Computer Science Laboratory (2311 Jamrich Hall).


Math Club Meetings - Winter Semester 2015

The NMU  NMUMath Club will have its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday (02/03/15) at 4 PM in the Math and Computer Science Department conference room (2201 Jamrich Hall).  All math majors are welcome.


Miriam B. Schaefer Scholarship

The Miriam B. Schaefer Scholarship is a $2500 scholarship awarded to college students who are elementary education majors with a minor in mathematics or secondary education mathematics majors.  Applications are due by May 15, 2015.


NMU Competes in the College MATH Challenge

On November 1, 2014, NMU competed in the annual College MATH (Michigan Autumn Take Home) Challenge.


November Problem of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Cody Hock for winning the November Math Problem of the Month Contest!


2014 Argonne Undergraduate Symposium

A group of students and faculty from NMU traveled to Illinois for the 2014 Argonne Undergraduate Symposium.


2014 ACM North Central North America Regional Programming Contest

The ACM North Central North America Regional Programming Contest took place on Saturday (11/08/14) on the campus of Lake Superior State University.  One NMU team placed 3rd at the site.  A complete contest summary and team results are here.


October Problem of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Sarah Koskiniemi for winning the October Math Problem of the Month Contest!


Code Michigan 2014 Captain's Award to NMU Students

The Code Michigan Captain's Award is given to participants of Code Michigan that through deed, effort or example have earned recognition.  This year the award was presented to two of our students, Josh Fridstrom and Kurt Kilpela, for their civic coding effort and example.  They will each receive a prize of $250.


Congratulations, Josh and Kurt!


Computer Science Students Place at Code Michigan

Code MI 2014_3rd Place Winners

The State of Michigan, along with local units of government and the private sector, held its second annual Code Michigan event on October 3rd in Marquette, Detroit and Newaygo.  It is a three-day event where civic-minded developers and designers create apps for Michigan.


Winners received cash awards between $500 and $5,000. First place winners from each location go on to compete for the grand prize of $10,000 and an opportunity to pitch their winning idea to Renaissance Venture Capital Fund.


Ben Harris, Dallas Johnson, Matt Trefilek and Joel Whalen, current computer science majors at NMU, won third place in the Marquette location for a snowplow tracking app they designed.


Congratulations guys!













Upcoming Events:

March 14    U.P. High School Math Challenge

March 28    NMU Invitational Programming Contest

April 11       BonzAI Brawl

Problem of the Month Contest

The March problem of the month is:

Darling Little Angle

Michelle is driving in a large flat desert, and after every mile of driving she turns either left or right by an angle of A degrees, possibly shifting between forward and reverse after the turn. After her 9th turn she is back where she started, ready to retrace her route, although perhaps facing backwards relative to her original position. What is the smallest angle A she could be using? You may assume that each turn takes a negligible distance to accomplish.

For contest rules and further information, click here.