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April 18: Student cited for excellence in mathematics

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A Hood College senior was cited for excellence at the world’s largest annual mathematics meeting.

Dubravka Bodiroga was recognized for her outstanding student poster at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston in January. Her poster summarized the work she completed last summer with James Parson, assistant professor of mathematics, as part of her Summer Science Research Institute project.

Of the more than 300 undergraduate student posters that were entered in this year’s poster session, 15 percent were chosen as outstanding.

Bodiroga’s research, “The Cubic Formula in Characteristic 3,” describes mathematics that develops out of the quadratic formula—familiar from high-school algebra—that is used to solve quadratic equations. In her work she created a procedure to solve cubic equations in the exotic setting called “characteristic 3,” where 3 equals 0. This unusual arithmetic is used in many areas of modern mathematics and has applications in computer science and in cryptography.

The JMM offers an opportunity for college students to engage and network with professional mathematicians and to learn about innovative research through mini courses, panel discussions, workshops, paper presentations, exhibits and more.

Read more about Bodiroga.