Senior Project Has a Sweet Conclusion for Cory Heid ’13
By Doug Goodnough
Something just didn’t add up for Cory Heid.
Heid, one of a dozen or so math students, faculty and graduates from Siena Heights University who attended the largest math meeting in the world in San Diego, Calif., was originally scheduled to do a poster presentation at the January event.
However, upon arrival at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Heid learned the expectations had multiplied.
“He can’t find himself in the poster session,” said SHU math professor Andrew-David Bjork, who helped organize the trip. “So (Heid) looks at the page where his name is, and they gave him a talk. So in four days he had to prepare a Powerpoint presentation on his senior project to give a talk to a live audience.”
A live presentation involves much more preparation than a poster presentation. However, Heid, who completed his coursework in December, first had a problem to solve: the research on his senior project was not complete.
“It was done, but it wasn’t 100 percent completely done,” Heid said. “I was doing last minute fine-tuning.”
And the topic of his senior project certainly could be called unique.
“It’s ‘How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?’” Heid said. “Just like the 70s (television) commercial.” Read more . . .