19 Oct 2015: Forty-six students from the School graduate at autumn ceremony

The 2015 autumn graduation ceremony for students in the College of Sciences & Health took place in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 17 October. Graduates 2015Graduation 2015Graduates 2015Graduates 2015The ceremony, held in the magnificent surroundings of the St Patrick’s Cathedral celebrated the hard work and achievements of all those receiving awards in the company of their friends and families. In total, forty-six 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. André Dowdall received the 2015 John M Forde medal in mathematics.

19 Oct 2015: Award of the RIA Hamilton Prize in Mathematics for DIT

Congratulations to Samyukta Venkataramanan, a final-year student in the School of Mathematical Sciences, who is studying BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences and who received the 2015 Royal Irish Academy, Hamilton Prize in Mathematics for DIT during a ceremony held in Academy House on Friday 16 October. Samyukta received her prize from Professor Daniel Spielman, this year’s Hamilton speaker, and, earlier in the day, attended a masterclass held by Professor Spielman at the offices of this year’s sponsor, Arup.

On 16 October 2015, the best Mathematics students in ten of the Higher Education Institutions in Ireland were presented with Awards as part of the 2015 Hamilton Day activities. This date marks Hamilton’s life and his contribution to mathematics and the anniversary of when Hamilton scratched his formula for quaternion multiplication on Broome Bridge in Dublin. Other activities included a Masterclass and the annual Hamilton lecture, given by Professor Daniel Spielman of Yale University.

Presentation of Hamilton Prize to Samyukta Venkataramanan, 2015
Claire Curtis, Arup; President of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor Mary Daly; Professor Daniel Spielman; Ms Samyukta Venkataramanan (photograph courtesy of RIA).

Hamilton prizewinners 2015
The Hamilton Prize winners with Professor Daniel Spielman (photograph courtesy of RIA).

19 Oct 2015: Mathsweek events attract 600 school children to DIT, Kevin Street

The School of Mathematical Sciences, DIT, welcomed over 600 school children to its National Mathsweek events at the Kevin Street campus on Monday 12 October and Wednesday 14 October. Staff and undergraduate students from the School were on hand to challenge primary and secondary school children to explore mathematics, have fun and engage in a variety of games, puzzles and competitions. Kjartan Poskitt (author of the Murderous Maths books) and Dr Fernando Blasco entertained with their unique combinations of murderous and magical mathematics. The events were extremely successful contributing to the popularity of this year’s 10th annual Mathsweek.

Mathsweek 2015 at DITClick to enlarge the image.

19 Oct 2015: Inaugral Mathsweek event at DIT Grangegorman

On Thursday 15 October, the new DIT campus at Grangegorman hosted, for the first time, a special event to coincide with Mathsweek. Sixth-class primary school students and first-year secondary school students took part in an array of fun interactive games and puzzles and were entertained by Steve Humble (Dr Maths) with a talk entitled Secrets, Lies and Mathematics. The School of Mathematical Sciences is a partner in National Mathsweek events and the event was organised in conjunction with the Access office, DIT, and the Mathematics Learning Support Centre.

7 Oct 2015: Careers Event Showcases Careers for Mathematicians

The first School of Mathematical Sciences Careers Showcase was held on Monday 5 October 2015.careers showcase 2015 The event, for students of the School's full-time, undergraduate, honours degree programmes, invited speakers from Accenture, the Central Statistics Office (CSO), SAP and Zurich Life to talk about opportunities in their sectors for mathematicians and the important graduate skills and attributes that are particularly brought to the workplace by mathematics graduates. The event, organised by Dr Blathnaid Sheridan, the leader of the School Engagement Workgroup, was a great success allowing students to build upon their programme's professional development modules and to meet and talk to employers in the context of the software skills, modelling skills and practical, problem-solving skills they are currently learning during their studies.