Ashland University Senior Receives Speaker Award

Ashland University Senior Receives Speaker Award

8/15/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University honors student Grace McCourt of Wadsworth, Ohio, has received a Pi Mu Epsilon Student Speaker Award for a presentation she gave at the National Mathematical Association of America’s Mathfest conference.

Her presentation, titled "The Dishonest Salesperson Problem," was based on research she completed this summer for her Honors Capstone Project. The research dealt with expanding a graph theory problem from Mathematics Magazine. AU Mathematics Professor Dr. Chris Swanson is her research mentor.

“I was very grateful to be recognized as one of Pi Mu Epsilon's top student speakers at MathFest. It was wonderful to see the hard work that I have put into my Honors Capstone research pay off,” McCourt said. “Going to MathFest was an incredible opportunity to learn more about current research and take part in the math community. I am so grateful for the support I received from Dr. Swanson, the AU Math Department, the Honors Program and the university as a whole.”

McCourt, a senior majoring in mathematics at Ashland University, is the daughter of Mark and Kathryn McCourt and a 2014 graduate of Wadsworth High School.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###