Mathematics at Aquinas College

Mathematics: Hands-On Experience

Drs. McDaniel and Spencer have Mohler-Thompson research grants this year. Dr. Spencer is working with Maria Maguire on strategies in seeding games like Mancala. Dr. McDaniel is working with Tristen Spencer on hyperbolic area constructions and Gregory numbers.

three students

The Math Department sent Beth Herdegen, Tristen Spencer and Oliver Vandenberg to the Lake Michigan Mathematics Competition.

Gentry Schneider passed the P Actuarial Exam. This is a notoriously difficult math exam, given world-wide. The Society of Actuaries publishes the list of passing names a few pages long. This exam is the first in a sequence of financial math exams.

Phil Novak created graphic designs involving fractals. He did this as part of an Insignis project involving connections between math and art. His piece "Heart of Mathematics" is pictured on the right. 

Group photo of students

Professor Ciganik has built up a strong bond with the William H. Abney Academy. This K- 6 charter school is just a few blocks from Aquinas College and has reading, writing and math as its academic core. Professor Ciganik has run a few Family Math Nights and set up student field experience work for prospective elementary and middle school teachers. The photo at left shows the Aquinas students at Abney Academy, rested and smiling before hundreds of students and family members descended for math activities and demonstrations.

Phil Novak's "Heart of Mathematics"

Check out our Math Club page where we brag about our graduates and all their awards. Besides the college awards, our students have some other accomplishments worth mentioning.