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The workshops were part of a $57,780 No Child Left Behind grant through the Arkansas Department of Education titled *Blending Mathematics and Science in Middle Grades. * UCA STEM Institute Director *Dr. Uma Garimella* is the PI for the grant.

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“Comparing Efficiency of Roundabouts to Traffic Lights in Conway, Arkansas – A probabilistic and Simulation Approach”

Andrew Jensen (Under R.B. Lenin and George Bratton)

“Mathematical Modeling of an Epidemic with Exposed Group and Diffusion”

Diana Morales (Under Long Le and Danny Arrigo)

“Factors Contributing to the Success of Small Businesses Using Structural Equation Modeling – A Statistical Framework”

Edward Tawiah (Under R.B. Lenin)

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**2017 Dorothy Long Award **Andrea Weaver, a BS STEMteach Applied Mathematics student received the 2017 Dorothy Long Award, annually presented to an outstanding female junior. The award is given in honor of late Professor Dorothy Long, who was a mathematics faculty member and the Dean of Women at UCA in the 60’s. Andrea received a Noyce Scholarship last year and presented “Nonlinear Elliptical PDEs” at the 2017 AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting. She attended the 2017 Oklahoma-Arkansas MAA Section Meeting and participated in the Math Jeopardy Contest. Also, Andrea is a recipient of a SURF grant and will begin research on “Nonclassical Symmetries of Dispersion Equations,” this summer with Dr. Danny Arrigo.

**2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award **Katie Burden, an MA Mathematics Education student, received the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award by the unanimous recommendation of the Department of Mathematics faculty. She has worked in collaboration with Dr. Jason Martin on her thesis “Case Studies of Virtual Manipulative and Static Derivative Images” and presented her research at the 2017 Oklahoma-Arkansas MAA Section Meeting. Beginning in fall 2017, Katie will teach at Little Rock Central High School.

The third annual Calculus Tournament was held on November 19, 2016 from 4 to 5: 30 PM in the Math Resource Center of the Department of Mathematics. Eleven teams, each with at most 3 students, competed in the tournament to solve eighteen calculus problems. The problems ranged from the history of calculus to differentiation and integration to applications of calculus were selected by Dr. Jeff Beyerl, Math Club Faculty Advisor. The winning team members- *Lindsey Hazeslip, Azaryah Wilson, and Connor Wilson-* each received a gift certificate for $15. Plans are underway to select a couple of teams to represent UCA at the Math Jeopardy Contest at the Oklahoma- Arkansas Sectional Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America to be held at University Oklahoma in Spring 2017. Pictured here are a few scenes from the tournament.

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