Category Archives: Undergrad news


Escape response of copepods

Chelsea Nguyen (math major and Honors student) has been pursuing undergraduate research under the guidance of Daisuke Takagi.
Last week she presented a poster at the Ocean Science Meeting, the flagship conference for ocean science that brings together a diverse group of scientists, engineers and mathematicians working on anything ocean related. Above we see her presenting the poster.
Chelsea received UROP funding for this project.
UROP is currently accepting applications for project funding; the deadline is March 3.

Putnam exam progress

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate students in the United States and Canada; it takes place in December each year.

The problems asked in the competition are fun, but a real challenge: solving just one of these problems takes serious work and insight.

This year, seven UH Mānoa managed to solve at least one problem, an excellent achievement that puts them in the top half of over 4000 participants in the US and Canada.

One student, Adam Inamasu, made the top 500 students nationwide: see page 16 of the full results.

Congratulations to all who took part!

Professor Pavel Guerzhoy runs a 1-credit ‘Putnam preparation’ course in the Fall semester for students who are interested in working on fun and challenging math problems. Please contact Professor Guerzhoy or a math advisor if you are interested in taking part.


Placement Exams Coming Up

Update Regarding On-campus Math Placement Exams: July 13, 2021 around 1:30 pm HST

We plan to hold on-campus exams. Beginning the week of Wednesday, July 21, 2021. We will update the Reservations link soon and list all in-person protocol expected of students who sign up for the in-person exams. NO WALK-INS. Please keep checking the Placement Exam webpage ( for updates. *************************************************************************