BUCKHANNON, West Virginia –  A West Virginia Wesleyan College December graduate recently presented at the 18th annual Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Conference at James Madison University.

Elizabeth Harvey ’22, of Cross Lanes, West Virginia, won second place in the Pure Mathematics Poster Session for her poster entitled “Lewis Carroll’s Triangle Problem.” The research was completed as part of a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates entitled “Discrete and Continuous Analysis in Appalachia.”

This REU was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and was held at Fairmont State University under the direction of Dr. Tom Cuchta and Dr. Bob Niichel.

This month, Harvey will be attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts.

“I became a math major before I really enjoy problem-solving and I’ve always found it extremely gratifying to work on a problem and get the answer correct,” Harvey said. “I think working with numbers and equations is challenging and mentally rewarding.”

Harvey plans to pursue a career in statistics or data science.

“Wesleyan’s math department has been wonderful in the availability of classes that are offered,” she said. “Since class sizes are small, you get to know your professors, which is helpful if you need to go to office hours for help. They are extremely receptive to any kind of math questions, no matter the subject or level of math at which you are studying.”

West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2023 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan seventh in Best Value – Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.