Show and Tell


Wednesday, October 30th at 5pm in PHSC 1105

will be Show and Tell in the Math Club.

Come and find out about interesting classes, awesome summer REUs and cool summer jobs that some of the Math Club fellows had. Start planning for an exciting spring semester and a fun  and productive summer now!

And, of course, Free Pizza! (not that you care about such delicious things)


Show and Tell at Buttersafe.

A Passel of Putnam Problem People!

This year as every year Drs. Albert and Ozaydin are organizing the OU Putnam Problem Solving Group. It will meet on

Mondays at 5 pm in PHSC 1025 from now until the Putnam Exam.

The Putnam Exam is a famous exam which is held on the first Saturday in December around the country (and, indeed!, around the world).  You can win great prizes (like a scholarship to Harvard!).  And we’ll bet that if you get the top score on the Putnam Exam, the OU Math Department will give you full scholarship to OU!

It was founded in 1927 by Elizabeth Lowell Putnam in honor of her husband William Lowell Putnam.

William Lowell Putnam and professional Teddy Rosevelt impersonator

William Lowell Putnam and professional Teddy Roosevelt impersonator.

We should mention that the exam has 12 questions, each graded out of 10 points, for a total of 120 points.  If you score any points at all, it puts you in the top half of the exam takers! So probably you shouldn’t depend on your Putnam prize money for next year’s tuition :-).


Whether or not you want to take the exam itself, stop by the OU Putnam Problem solving group to have fun and work on interesting problems like this one:

Players 1, 2, 3, …, n are seated around a table and each has a single penny. Player 1 passes a penny to Player 2, who then passes two pennies to Player 3. Player 3 then passes one penny to Player 4, who passes two pennies to Player 5, and so on, players alternately passing one penny or two to the next player who still has some pennies. A player who runs out of pennies drops out of the game and leaves the table. Find an infinite set of numbers n for which some player ends up with all n pennies.

— From the Putnam Exam webpage

Game On!

OU Citizen Science Club

We’re happy to spread the word about OU’s Citizen Science Club.They are meeting this

Monday, October 7th at 7pm in Dale Hall Room 107.

What is citizen science?

Back in the old days science was learned about and done by amateurs as well as professionals.  Heck, Fermat was a lawyer and government official during the day and came up with Fermat’s Little Theorem, Fermat’s Last Theorem, etc. at night (like Batman!).


But it’s not just in the good old days!  It’s even easier with the Internet, crowd sourcing, smartphones, etc. for people to get involved with science reearch!  One example we told you about two years ago was FolditThis page has more good examples!

Or you could just go to the meeting!

Math Club at the Movies


Wednesday, October 2nd in Old Science Hall Room 324 at 5pm

the OU Math Club will be hosting a movie night.  Note the unusual location!  It will be in the OU Film and Media Studies Department’s beautiful student lounge.  Fortunately it’s easy to find since Old Science Hall is right next to PHSC on the SW corner of the north oval.  Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Based on student requests, we’re showing Moneyball. Presumably it’s because of all the sabermetrics and not because of all the screen time of a certain Okie.

It was nominated for six Academy Awards and won none of them (although it did win the coveted 2nd place award for best adapted screenplay by the Central Ohio Film Critics Association:-)).  Check out the preview:

Networking Reception Tomorrow!

 Adrienne Jablonski’s team in the Dean’s office are organizing a networking reception.  It’s a great chance to meet with prospective employers and, even better, to get practice talking with employer-types while eating (and while staying calm, cool, and collected!).
Are you looking for an internship or full-time job after graduation?

You’re invited to the College of Arts and Sciences Professional Networking Reception for A&S students.
Wednesday, September 11, from 4:45-6:00 p.m. (come and go)
Clinton Lounge, Lloyd Noble Center, Immediately following the Sooner Showcase Career Fair

** This event is not a career fair, but be sure to dress professionally and bring your resume.
  • Practice talking to employers in a non-pressured atmosphere
  • Discover new career paths for your major
  • Balance a small plate of food while networking
  • Employers from these industries: government, social services, business, financial services, medical research, internships, technical fields, and more.