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MATHEMATICAL CONTEST IN MODELING The Mathematical Contest in Modeling features teams of undergraduates using mathematical modeling to devise solutions to real world problems and attracts more than 2000 teams from over a dozen countries. Rensselaer has traditionally excelled in this global competition. Its 2010 team made up of Yonatan Naamad 11 Joe Gibney 11 and Emily Meissen 11 won the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Award one of the top honors. Team Rensselaer worked on a scenario that focused on the tracking and capture of serial offenders. We constructed a heat map that gave each location a probability said Naamad now a doctoral student in mathematics at Princeton and we came up with a measure of how surprising it would be if the criminal struck elsewhere. Gibney and Meissen are now doctoral students in mathematics at the University of Arizona. And the winning continues. In 2014 a Rensselaer Math undergrad team took 3rd out of 430 teams in the prestigious Putnam Competition which is the highest finish for a Rensselaer team ever. Show and Tell JESSICA ZIEGLER 13 In the winter of 2013 seven members of the Rensselaer Chemistry Society headed off to Schenectady High School on a mission. Their goal was to galvanize a group of students with some dazzling pyrotechnics while they shared valuable insights about studying science in college. Chemistry major Jessica Ziegler then the treasurer of the Rensselaer Chemistry Society was one of the students involved in this project. We prepared a series of demonstrations that utilized chemistry concepts Ziegler explained. These demos were maybe a little more advanced than they were accustomed to and they were intended to be fun to watch. Among the demos that these School of Science students presented were the Carbon Snake Reaction mix sugar and sulfuric acid and then watch the resulting carbon emerge from the container like a growing snake the Chemical Chameleon use potassium permanganate sodium hydroxide and sugar to create a cavalcade of dazzling colors and Lemon Fizz combine baking soda and lemon juice to form carbon dioxide and then trap the gas in dishwashing soap to form a show of bubbles. Beyond the pyrotechnics the Rensselaer students were there to field questions about what life in collegespecifically as a science majorwas really like. We told the high school students about our future plans and what kinds of opportunities exist for science majors said Ziegler. We answered questions about the courses they should be taking now to prepare themselves for college and the courses they should take when they get to college. For Ziegler now a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry at UC Berkeley the experience brought back memories. When I was in high school I really liked science but I wasnt sure what kinds of career paths might be available beyond going into pharmaceuticals Ziegler recalled. I think we all really enjoyed explaining what we were going to be doing in the future and clarifying any misconceptions about a life in science. We prepared a series of demonstrations that utilized chemistry concepts.These demos were maybe a little more advanced than they were accustomed to and they were intended to be fun to watch.