14 Nov 2016: Induction ends with pizza

New full-time undergraduate students who entered our programmes DT205 Mathematical Sciences and DT220 Industrial Mathematics in September 2016 recently enjoyed a social evening with pizza and soft drinks to mark the end of their extended induction. Student representatives from the later stages of the programme and staff of the School of Mathematical Sciences were there as well to enjoy a relaxed event, held in DIT, Kevin Street.

Extended induction events for our students have been taking place since before the start of lectures, allowing students to meet lecturers, get to know other students and to learn about the College of Sciences & Health and its support services and facilities. The induction is designed to ensure a smooth transition to third-level education, answer questions and address any difficulties. It also provides a source of valuable advice about studying at college, balancing study and social life and living away from home that will help students of the College throughout their studies.

During the induction, the students have got to know their Stage Tutor and other key sources of assistance and a fun social event was a very fitting way to bring the formal schedule of events to a close.

Students of DT205/DT220 enjoying an evening of pizza and cards in Kevin Street to mark the end of extended induction.

1 Nov 2016: Mathsweek 2017 @ the School of Mathematical Sciences

Mathsweek 2016 at DIT

The School of Mathematical Sciences, DIT, once again hosted events to mark national MathsWeek. Hundreds of school children from first-year and second-year of secondary school and fifth and sixth class of primary school came to DIT, Kevin Street to enjoy puzzles, games and challenges designed to explore and have fun learning about mathematics and its applications, guided by staff and students of the School of Mathematical Sciences. In the last two years, approximately one thousand school children have taken part in School of Mathematics, DIT, Mathsweek events.

Entertainment was also provided by two external speakers, Dr James Tanton and Dr Ken Farquhar, who captivated their audiences with a mix of magic, tricks and comedy.

Over a quarter of a million people get involved in MathsWeek each year and more information can be found at Mathsweek.

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1 Nov 2016: Graduation for students of the School of Mathematical Sciences

Congratulations to all our new graduates! On Saturday 8 October, graduates of our full-time undergraduate programmes, our part-time undergraduate programmes and the masters programme received their awards during a ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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It was a fabulous occasion and an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and achievement of all our graduates in the company of their friends and families.

In total, thirty-eight graduates of programmes in the School of Mathematical Sciences were presented for their awards. We extend our warmest congratulations to all our graduates and wish them every success in the future and hope to see them again soon.

1 Nov 2016: John Forde & Michael Tuite medals awarded

The School presented the John M Forde and Michael Tuite medals to the top graduates from our full-time and part-time undergraduate programmes respectively at a ceremony following their graduation on Saturday 8 October.

Andrew Whelan was awarded the John M Forde medal for an exceptional performance in his degree DT205 Mathematical Sciences. We wish Andrew every success in the future and hope to welcome him back to DIT in the near future.

John M Forde medal 2016

Sarah Murray received the Michael Tuite medal as the outstanding graduate of DT8248 Mathematics. Sarah has studied mathematics part-time at DIT over many years and the medal is a fitting tribute to her dedication and high achievements.

Michael Tuite medal 2016

Congratulations to both medal winners!

1 Nov 2016: Award of the RIA Hamilton Prize in Mathematics for DIT

Congratulations to Ed Donlon, a final-year student in the School of Mathematical Sciences, who received the 2017 Royal Irish Academy, Hamilton Prize in Mathematics for DIT. Ed is studying DT205 BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences and received a scroll and a gift, sponsored by Arup, to mark his achievement during a ceremony held in Academy House on Monday 17 October.

The Hamilton Prize in Mathematics is awarded annually by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) to each of the best Mathematics students from ten Higher Education Institutions in Ireland in the penultimate year of their study. Ed received his prize from Professor Shafi Goldwasser, MIT, this year’s Hamilton speaker, and, earlier in the day, attended a masterclass held by Professor Goldwasser at the offices of Arup.

The date 16 October is the anniversary of when Hamilton scratched his formula for quaternion multiplication on Broome Bridge in Dublin. Annually the RIA Hamilton Prize ceremony, masterclass and Hamilton lecture are held close to this date to commemorate Hamilton’s life and his contribution to mathematics.

Presentation of Hamilton Prize to Ed Donlon, 2016
Professor Shafi Goldwasser, Hamilton speaker; Mr Ed Donlon, DIT Hamilton Prize winner; Prof Pat Guiry, RIA Science Secretary(photograph courtesy of RIA).

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The Head of School of Mathematical Sciences DIT, Dr Chris Hills, with the 2016 DIT Hamilton Prize winner, Ed Donlon (photograph courtesy of RIA).