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Michael graduated from Escanaba Area High School in Escanaba. He also graduated from Bay de Noc Community college in 2007 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Water Resource Management. Michael’s senior research project was studying the effects of cement powder on soil and water quality. This study helped a cement company based in Marquette, Michigan get a better idea of the quality of their waste product. Michael is an active member of the American Water Works Association – Michigan Section. He plans to find a job in the water treatment field, he currently resides in Escanaba, Michigan.

Michael Kamin
Environmental Management


Students in mathematics regularly participate in faculty-supervised competitions

Franklin F. and Wanda L. Otis Award

The Franklin F. Otis Scholarship was established in memory of one of the charter faculty of the Sault Branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology. Franklin spent 30 years as a mathematics professor at Lake State, including 23 years as chair of the Mathematics Department. He was the University’s first faculty athletic representative, serving 12 years during the early development of the Laker athletic program. He was instrumental in the development of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) leagues in which Lake State is a member today. In 1999, Franklin Otis was posthumously inducted to the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame for his invaluable contributions to the Laker athletic program. His named scholarship recognizes the hard-working sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in mathematics or computer and mathematical science programs. The recipient must submit a letter of application to the faculty of the mathematics department and have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a minimum 3.0 grade point average in mathematics or computer science courses.

Gerald M. Samson Department of Mathematics Scholarship

Named in honor of LSSU faculty member Gerald Samson, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving computer and mathematical science major. The recipient is nominated and chosen by the mathematics faculty.

School of Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2001 by Galen Harrison to provide full-tuition to math and computer science majors. Professor Harrison was a long-time LSSU faculty member who taught at Lake State from 1963 until his retirement in 1996.


Jamie Groos
Gerald M. Samson Department of Mathematics Scholarship awardee Jamie Groos poses with Professor Tom Boger.

Using Mobile Applica- tions to Understand Modular Arithmetic Algorithms

Collin Baker

Modular arithmetic plays an important role in a variety of modern applications, including cryptography and coding theory. In this project, we will research a number of fundamental algorithms from the area of modular arithmetic, and develop software applications for mobile devices that can be used to illustrate and explain these algorithms.

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