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After spending the fall semester studying in Hungary, math major Steve DiMauro ’02 of Hatboro, Pa., recently presented research at two mathematics conferences while continuing work on his honors thesis.

DiMauro first gave a presentation at the American Mathematical Society Conference, held Jan. 6-10 in San Diego. He and three other students shared findings from eight weeks of intense research they conducted on divisor theories of the integral quaternions and octonions at the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates taught by Lafayette faculty last summer. DiMauro and his colleagues conducted a 20-minute lecture as part of a special session on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics.

DiMauro also went to Moravian College’s Regional Student Mathematical Conference Feb. 23, providing an overview of his honors thesis on combinatorial and economic games. He is being advised on the project by Derek Smith, assistant professor of mathematics.

“Being invited to talk at these conferences was a great opportunity for me,” says DiMauro. “I am thinking about becoming a teacher and these conferences have given me a chance to develop my skills in public speaking, group collaborating, and organizing research.”

Last semester, DiMauro was one of about 50 students from the U.S. and Canada who participated in Budapest Semesters in Mathematics, held by College International, Technical University Budapest, located near the historic center of Budapest. The program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to study intensively for a semester or year while experiencing Hungarian culture. Most of the participants are math majors, with the rest from math-related disciplines such as physics and computer science. In addition to taking program courses, DiMauro worked on his honors thesis, corresponding with Smith via e-mail.

A Marquis Scholar, DiMauro is a member of the Phi Psi fraternity.

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