|what||2016 N. J. Lennes Award Competition in Mathematics|
|when||Thursday, 24 March 2016 — start between 2 and 4 pm, work for two hours.|
|where||Room 306 in the Mathematics Building
(computers in this room may be used during the competition)
|why||Gain experience in mathematics contests.
Scholarship Prizes (totaling upto $500) will be awarded.
|how||On the basis of an examination in undergraduate mathematics
A computer or calculator (or both) may be used during the competition.
|who|| Any UM undergraduate.
Students currently taking calculus are encouraged to participate.
|register||Sign up in the Math Office (room 102 in Mathematics Building, phone 243-5311).|
The University of Montana Department of Mathematical Sciences awards prizes (on the basis of the Lennes Contest Exam) each year to undergraduates in memory of Nels Johann Lennes (1874-1951), former Professor of Mathematics at The University of Montana. He is remembered as the chairman of Mathematics for over thirty years until retirement in 1944. The house he built on Gerald Avenue, one of the "mansions of Missoula", is now the residence of the University President. As an educator, he wrote over one hundred textbooks. In the mathematical community, Lennes is best remembered (along with F. Hausdorff) for developing the fundamental concept of a "connected topological space". (The article Connected Sets and the AMS, 1901–1921 (AMS Notices, April 2009, vol 56 pp 450–458) discusses some work by NJ Lennes; its author, David Zitarelli, also gave a colloquium presentation here in April 2010.)