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HOM SIGMAA 2014 Student Paper Contest Winners

Convergence is pleased to present the two winning papers from the 2014 Student Paper Contest sponsored by the History of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (HOM SIGMAA).  The winners, Jenna Miller and Anna Riffe, are both students of Richard Delaware at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.  Their papers are, respectively,

"Casting Light on the Statistical Life of Florence Nightingale,"


"The Impossible Proof: An Analysis of Adrien-Marie Legendre's Attempts to Prove Euclid's Fifth Postulate."

There also was a tie for second place in the HOM SIGMAA Student Paper Contest between Paul Ayers for "Gabriel Cramer: Over 260 Years of Crushing the Unknowns" and Mary Ruff for "Probability to 1750."  Ayers is a student of Richard Delaware at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and Ruff a student of Janet Barnett at Colorado State University - Pueblo.

All four students received books from the MAA, along with one-year memberships to both the MAA and the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM).

The winning papers were selected by a team of judges headed by HOM SIGMAA Prize Coordinator Dominic Klyve.  HOM SIGMAA has sponsored the Student Paper Contest since 2004.  The contest was facilitated from 2004 to 2010 by its founder, HOM SIGMAA Program Coordinator Amy Shell-Gellasch, and for the past three years by former HOM SIGMAA Prize Coordinator Herb Kasube.  This is Klyve's first year running the contest.

"HOM SIGMAA 2014 Student Paper Contest Winners," Loci (June 2014)