Blundon Seminar 2019

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Welcome speeches were given by the Acting Chair Dr. Tom Baird and the head of the department of Mathematics and Statistics Dr. J.C. Loredo-Osti.






Two one-hour lectures are given to the students by MUN professors or other invited speakers. Lectures focus on techniques and applications of mathematics. Students have an opportunity to discuss the lectures and ask questions during the refreshment breaks and the banquet, where the presenters are invited to dine and converse with the student-participants.
The Blundon Seminar committee makes sure that our presenters possess high expertise and give talks on "hot topics" in contemporary mathematics at the level appropriate to high school students in order to provide valuable enrichment for our junior participants, engage them into the discipline and outline possible applications and bright ideas.
In 2019 the following talks were given:

May 15 “Machine learning and artificial intelligence - how to use math to make computers smarter and avoid getting extinct in the process” by Dr. Alex Bihlo(Dept. of Math & Stats)

May 16 “'Black holes from mathematics to observation, or why some things need to be believed in to be seen” by Dr. Hari Kunduri, (Dept. of Math. & Stats)











Problem Solving

The problem solving sessions are a team problem solving activity. Each team contains about 7 or 8 students and is given a separate classroom to discuss and solve problems. There are three 1.5-hour sessions. Selected problems are discussed during the Report on Problem Sessions meeting. The most successful team receives a prize. During the last day of the seminar solutions of selected problems are discussed with all students.













 Paper Chase

This is a team competition in which students solve a sequence of problems. The problems are randomly posted around the department. From each problem students obtain the number of the next problem to solve and a couple of letters which altogether constitute a secret phrase. Team deciphering phrase in the shortest time is the winner. 

Banquet - Written Contests (Blundon, Euclid, Fermat) Awards

 The students and our sponsors are invited to attend Blundon Seminar banquet.
The winner of the Blundon Contest and of Euclid, Fermat and Cayley contests are presented with their award certificates and money prizes. Collective and individual photos are taken as well.

Dr. Mark Abrahams, Dean of Science, presents awards to Fermat contest winners.

Ms. Gail Gosse, Nuport Holdings, presents awards to Euclid contest winners.

Head of the Math & Stats Department, Dr. J.C. Loredo-Osti, presents the Honorable mentions and placement awards for the Blundon contest.

Granddaughter of Dr. Blundon, Janet Coady presents the school shield to the Blundon contest winner. 

Representative of NLTA, Ms. Yvonne Dawe presents an individual plaque to the Blundon contest winner.
















Closing and On-Site Team Competitions Awards

During the concluding section on the last day of seminar we award the best team in Problem Solving , the best team in Mathletics and the best Team Name.