Honors, Awards & Activities


Fall 2014

Toke Knudsen wins Siegfried Award

Congratulations to Dr. Toke Knudsen, who has won the Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence! Dr. Knudsen delivered the 20th annual Richard Siegfried lecture "Competing Cosmologies in India" Thursday Dec 4 in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center.

Student Research Grants

Two groups of mathematics and computer science students were awarded Student Research Grants this semester, working with faculty sponsor Dr. Toke Knudsen, on the following projects:

Mathematics at the Oneonta Normal School 1893-1945: Articles from The Oneontan and The Pen Dragon
Tegan Fox, Melissa Haig, and Taylor Zelka

The three students spent two semesters going over student newspapers from 1893 to 1945 to locate articles on or relating to mathematics. They will now write an article on the material.

Word Frequencies in Theatrical Plays
Anthony Nichols, Marvin Rodriguez, and Kevin Sutton

For this Digital Humanities project the three students (one Mathematics and Theatre dual major and two Computer Science majors) will develop a computer program to analyze word frequencies in plays.


MAA Seaway Meeting

At the Fall 2014 MAA Seaway Meeting, held at Alfred University, Sara Scleissmann, gave a presentation This presentation came as a result of a year long independent study that Sara took under the guidance of Dr. Laura Munteanu.

Spring 2014

A number of students working with faculty from Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics presented posters on their work at the Spring 2014 Student Research and Creative Activity Day. The list includes:

  • Debora Assis: American Mathematics Textbooks
  • Raymond Boss: Benoit B. Mandelbrot and Fractal Geometry, also The Effects of Diagram Use in Probability Instruction and Problem Solving
  • Kaitlyn Castle: A Coordinate Geometry Approach to Concurrency and the Nine Point Circle
  • Shing Chung Z. Chiu: Raspberry Pi Quadrotor
  • Kaitlin Grodotzke: Emmy Noether
  • Robert Hillman: Hidden in Plain Sight: Using Digital Steganography to Obscure Data without Encryption
  • Amanda Kent: History of Mathematical Games and Puzzles
  • Melissa Minerva: Origami in Math
  • Amanda Orsino and Melissa Minerva: Collections of American Mathematics Textbooks
  • Max Reinhold: Cryptographic Libraries
  • Marvin Rodriguez and Anthony Nichols: Assembling and Using a Parallel Computing Cluster System
  • Carol Scheuerer: Plato and his Academy
  • Sara Schleissmann: Compositions of Linear Transformations and Their Fixed Points
  • Jennifer Sosiewicz, John Zdimal, and James White: Sustainability, Surveys, and Statistics: Recycling at SUNY Oneonta

Dr. Zheng, with his students Marvin Rodriguez and Anthony Nichols

Kaitlyn Castle, Dr. Laura Munteanu, Danielle Armaniaca, and Sara Schleissmann (from left to right)

Debora Assis, studen of Toke Knudsen

Jennifer Sosiewicz and John Zdimal, students of Dr. Jen Ting Wang

Max Reinhold with Dr. James Ryder

Robert Hillman, student of Dr. James Ryder

Kaitlin Grotodzke, student of Dr. Toke Knudsen

Amanda Kent, student of Dr. Toke Knudsen

Sara Schleissmann explaining her work to Dr. Robert Sulman

Dr. Marius Munteanu and students

Fall 2013

At the Fall 2013 MAA Seaway Meeting, held at SUNY Potsdam, Kaitlyn Castle gave a research presentation entitled "Proving Concurrency Results by Means of Coordinate and/or Vector Geometry". This presentation described the work she completed during an Independent Study project under the guidance of Dr. Laura Munteanu.

Kaitlyn giving her presentation

Wrapping it up

Dr. Munteanu and Kaitlyn Castle

Kaitlyn and SUNY Oneonta Faculty

Previous Semesters

Many faculty members and students recently attended the MAA Seaway Meeting Fall 2012 held at Elmira
College on October 19-20, 2012. Dr. Keith Jones gave a talk entitled "Self-Similarity – Games, Fractals,
and Groups." In addition, two students, Christian Lethbridge and Amber Voorhees gave talks as well
(Christian's faculty advisor was Dr. Marius Munteanu and Amber's was Dr. Toke Knudsen).

Christian Lethbridge with Dr. Marius Munteanu after Christian's talk.

Students from the Sanford Society at the conference.

Amber Voorhees presenting at the conference.

Pictures from the Seaway Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, which took place in
April 2012 at Hamilton College. Student Keon Michael Wilson presented results from a full semester
Independent Study research project he did with Dr. Laura Munteanu.





Keon Wilson and Dr. Laura Munteanu


The Sanford Society, the department's student club, visited the Alden Room in Milne Library on Monday, October 8. The Alden Room houses the College's collection of over 200 mathematics textbooks, dating from the 1780s to the 1920s. Heather Beach from Milne Library gave a general presentation and SUNY Oneonta student Carrie Jackson gave a presentation of the math textbook collection. Afterwards the participants had time to browse the collection. Department Chair Dr. Deborah Farro-Lynd, Dr. Keith Jones, Dr. Angeliki Kazas-Pontisakos, and Dr. Toke Knudsen attended the visit.

Heather Beach gives an introduction
to the Alden Room.

Carrie Jackson speaks about the
math textbook collection.

Dr. Keith Jones and Dr. Angeliki Kazas-Pontisakos look at math textbooks.

Sanford Society Vice President Jenny
Sosiewicz and Heather Beach looks at math textbooks.

Student Research and Creative Activity Day

Dr. Toke Knudsen Faculty Advisor.

Pictured with Derrick is his mother. Derrick Davis presents poster at the SUNY Oneonta Spring 2012 Student Research and Creative Activity Day

Emily Reed (left) and Jessica Bartalsky (right) each presented a poster at the SUNY Oneonta Spring 2012

Keon Michael Wilson

Dr. Laura Munteanu - Faculty Advisor

Jessica Bartalsky presents poster at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, MA on January 6, 2012

SUNY Oneonta student Jessica Bartalsky presented a poster at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, MA on January 6, 2012. The poster was on research that Jessica did with Christine Baxter in an independent study supervised by Dr. Toke Knudsen in Spring 2011 on the contributions of Dr. Vera Sanford (1891-1971) to teaching and research. Sanford, the author of five books and numerous articles, served at SUNY Oneonta from 1933 to 1959 and was instrumental in the development the College's Mathematics Department. The Joint Mathematics Meetings is the largest and most prestigious mathematics conference in the USA.

Michael Reale has won the 2007 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Congratulations Michael for this tremendous accomplishment. Good luck in your future studies. Michael is a Computer Science major in our department. He will begin his Ph.D. studies in August. Read more about Michael.

Dept. Faculty Participate in the College's 2007 Faculty Research Show

Dr. Grazyna Kamburowska & Dr. Donna Volger (Biology)

Dr. Marius Munteanu

Dr. Jim Ryder

Dr. Sen Zhang

Jessica Garabedian
has won the 2006 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellenceedian

We are all very proud of her and her accomplishments. Jessica is an Adolescence Education & Mathematics dual major in our department as well as athelete. Read more about Jessica.

Michael Reale wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2006-2007 academic year. Congratulations Michael!

This is a highly competitive national scholarship awarded to students studying mathematics, science, or engineering. From the field of 1,081 applicants, Michael is one of only 10 computer science majors to receive the award. Michael is a Computer Science major in our department and the first person to win this scholarship at the College. Read more about the Barry Goldwater scholarship. View the scholarship winners from each state.

Aimee Wolons has won the 2006 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

We are all very proud of her and her accomplishments. Aimee is a Computer Science major in our department. She will begin her career in industry in June. Read more about Aimee.

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