IUP Math Students Present Research at Regional Conference

Posted on 2/24/2019 2:34:34 PM

Patrick Cone, Paul Tomosky, Vincent Thompson, and Dafni Pratt made presentations at the annual Pi Mu Epsilon Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Youngstown State University on February 23, 2019. The conference attracts over 100 mathematics students from colleges and universities in Ohio and Pennsylvania each year.

Paul Tomosky (MIS, Bolivar, Pa.), Vincent Thompson (Mathematics and Physics, Indiana, Pa.), and Dafni Pratt (Mathematics, Philadelphia) presented their joint solution to a problem they worked on in the COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling held earlier in January. In this competition, teams of three to four students are given a choice of problems on Thursday night, and they must turn in their final written solution to the problem by Monday night.

Patrick Cone (mathematics and communications media, Pittsburgh) presented “The Graceful Tree Conjecture,” which showcased research Patrick has done with Shelly Bouchat in the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department over the past two two years. The Graceful Tree Conjecture is a problem in the area of mathematics known as graph theory that has remained unsolved since it was first posed by Alexander Rosa in 1967. Patrick and Professor Bouchat have been working to define the ideas of constructible graceful trees to create a mechanic to generate graceful labelings.