Earlier this month, three Carolina undergraduates affiliated with the Department of Mathematics participated in the 2013 Mathematical Content in Modeling (MCM). The MCM, and its associated Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling, held over a 96-hour period, starts with a three-member team selecting one of the three problems that were posted online at 8pm on a Thursday night. Carolina undergraduates Phillip Maraveyias, Patrick Short (not pictured), and Kevin Valakuzhy selected “Problem C: Network Modeling of Earth’s Health.” After working furiously all weekend in an office in Phillips Hall, the team submitted a 20-page project report describing their approach to the problem before the Monday 8pm deadline. Though the results of the competition will not be known for some time, the team gave an informal presentation about their effort to a group of other students, demonstrating their enthusiasm about participating in the competition. We wish them the best of luck with the scoring of their solution paper; but however the results turn out, it is clear that Phillip, Patrick & Kevin enjoyed this worthwhile experience.

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Does the university offer mathematical statistics as a major?

Yes, there is a “Mathematical Decision Sciences” program in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research (stat-or.unc.edu).