Lee To Host High School Mathematics Competition And Research Symposium

Friday, April 18, 2014 - by Mary Beth Callahan, Lee University

Lee’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will host its first mathematics competition for high school students on Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Science and Math Complex Great Room on Lee’s campus.

The mathematics competition teams will consist of five to seven high school students, with representation from each of the four grade levels. The topics covered on the exam will parallel concepts included on the ACT or SAT such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. Scholarships to Lee University and other prizes will be awarded to top scorers. 

"A primary goal of the mathematics competition is to recognize, encourage, and reward excellence in mathematics,” said Dr. Laura Singletary, assistant professor of mathematics at Lee. “Through the activities surrounding the competition, we hope to encourage high school students to pursue their interest in mathematics."

The competition is funded in part by the Mathematical Association of America’s Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant Program. This grant will also support a mentorship program for the 2014-15 school year, which will partner selected high school students with mentors from Lee. 

“We are truly excited about providing high school students with the opportunity to experience mathematics in a way that is perhaps different from what they see in their high school classrooms and encouraging their interests and gifts mathematically,” said Dr. Debra Mimbs, assistant professor of mathematics at Lee.

The mathematics competition is part of a larger event, the Science and Mathematics Research Symposium, which will take place April 25-26 at Lee. The symposium will highlight research done by Lee University’s math and science majors. Students will showcase their work through oral presentations, poster presentations, and science demonstrations.  

“For several years now, we have envisioned giving our students an opportunity to present their work at a research symposium like those hosted by national scientific and mathematics societies,” said Dr. Lori West, chair of the symposium committee and associate professor of biology at Lee. “We are so excited that this year we are able to do so.  We welcome everyone to attend any portion of this event.” 

Lee alumna Katherine Amato will be the keynote speaker for the symposium. While at Lee, Amato served as a Laboratory Assistant/Teaching Assistant for courses in chemistry and biology, held various leadership positions in Tri Beta National Biological Honors Society, and was a peer leader/mentor for study skills classes.
 

Ms. Amato received multiple scholarships and awards while at Lee such as the Presidential/Honors Scholarship, the Tapley Science Scholarship, the Roberson Leadership Scholarship, and she was the recipient of the Charles Paul Conn Award, given to a senior who demonstrates the greatest promise of achievement in graduate or professional studies.

Ms. Amato is currently pursuing her PhD in cancer biology at Vanderbilt University.

For more information about the mathematics competition please contact Singletary at lsingletary@leeuniversity.edu. For more information about the symposium contact Mimbs at dmimbs@leeuniversity.edu or West at lwest@leeuniversity.edu.

Red Bank Students And Families Invited To Red Bank Way Event On Aug. 5

Northside Neighborhood House is partnering with school officials, local nonprofit organizations, and churches to host the inaugural Red Bank Way Event. The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kids Corner Park (across from Food City) in Red Bank. This event is free for students from Red Bank Elementary, Middle, and High Schools and their families.  ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Registered Nursing Program Announces Site Review

The Chattanooga State Nursing Program announces that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate Degree Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing on Sept. 19-21.  The public is invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person on Sept. 20 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the HSC Building, ... (click for more)

Man Jumped Into River To Escape Robbers Who Killed His Wife At Renaissance Park; Tyree Corley Arrested In Shooting Death Of Kathy Hardy

A man told police he jumped into the Tennessee River to escape from robbers who killed his wife at Renaissance Park early Sunday morning, July 16. Tyree Tichion Corley, 22, of 3810 Sherwood Lane, has been charged with felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in the fatal shooting of Kathy Hardy. Corley is in custody at the Hamilton County Jail.  Shawn Hardy said ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Schools To Close Aug. 21 For Solar Eclipse

Due to safety concerns, Hamilton County Schools will close all schools and school age childcare on Aug. 21. This date coincides with the first total solar eclipse to occur across the entire continental United States in 99 years. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the sun, and casts its shadow on the Earth below. The eclipse will reach totality ... (click for more)

Children Should Not Get Holiday For Solar Eclipse

Re: County Schools to close for the solar eclipse: What a waste of an educational opportunity. The local folks in-charge of the Hamilton County, Tn., school system just announced that they are going to cancel school on Aug. 21 the day of the eclipse.  To protect the children from being on the school bus during the time of the eclipse.  It will be dark and other ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘No Sir -- It Stays Here’

To any of the millions who have served the United States on the field of combat, the most hallowed and prized distinction is our nation’s Medal of Honor. It is never given, it is always earned before it is ever awarded.  At least that’s the way it was up until a sun-splashed Wednesday three weeks ago in Vicenza, Italy. There is an Army base there that houses the 173 rd Airborne ... (click for more)