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December 13, 2013

La Salle University Student Katherine Boligitz Receives Grants, Will Make Presentations at Two Math Conferences

La Salle University junior Katherine Boligitz received two grants in connection with presentations she will make at two math conferences next month: the Joint Mathematics Meetings from Jan. 15 to 18 in Baltimore, MD., and the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

“I like math because it is challenging, but, with some perseverance and insight, you can solve the problem at hand,” said Boligitz, a double major in mathematics and economics from Roslyn, Pa. “Math is not just about computing—it is a way of thinking.”

At both conferences, Boligitz will be presenting a talk, titled “Distinguished-color Rainbow Connection in Graphs.” In Baltimore, she will present jointly with Janet Fierson, assistant professor of mathematics at La Salle. She will also present a poster at that conference.

The two grants will help with travel expenses. For the Joint Mathematics Meetings, she received funding from the Mathematical Association of America, with assistance from the National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences. For the Nebraska conference, Boligitz received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, UNL, the UNL Department of Mathematics, and the UNL Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education. These organizations are all sponsors for the conference.

Last summer, Fierson and Boligitz also received a grant from an annual program sponsored by the Dean’s Office of La Salle’s School of Arts and Sciences to conduct research together on the topic of “Variations and Applications of an Extension of the Rainbow Connection Number of a Graph.”

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.