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Flowers from the Education CommitteeWoensdag 28 april 2021 15:05

After the 3rd quartile, the Education Committee gave Ruben Hoeksma a bouquet of flowers. During last quartile Ruben put lots of effort into changing the structure of his courses to fit the current situation: he let students decide how and when to study by offering alternating reading and lecture videos and he introduced aspects by which students had to work together and keep in touch. Overall he was clear in his communication, to the point and always made sure there was enough interaction between him and the students. His friendliness also encouraged students to switch on their cameras and more open discussions to take place during several tutorials.
Many students were able to appreciate Ruben's efforts and his dedication deserved to be rewarded.
Thank you for your hard work, Ruben! We hope many more students can enjoy your teaching in the future.


Kandidaatbestuur 2021-2022Donderdag 22 april 2021 20:51

Het 53ste bestuur des Wiskundig Studiegenootschap Abacus heeft de eer en het genoegen om het kandidaatbestuur voor het 54ste bestuur bekend te maken. Naar alle verwachting zal deze op 7 september als volgt worden gechargeerd:

Voorzitter & Commissaris Onderwijszaken - Niels Apeldoorn

Secretaris & Commissaris Interne Betrekkingen - Thomas Kanger

Penningmeester - Eline Peeters

Commissaris Externe Betrekkingen - Margriet Eijken

Algemeen Adjunct - Ruben Hoeksma


Education weekDonderdag 22 april 2021 16:01

During the 3rd quartile the Education Committee organised the Education Week. During this week many events took place, among which the Mathematical Lounge+, an activity together with the Ab-Actie, the Applied Mathematics Education Prize (AMEP) and a course on how to play Scopone Scietifico.
We hope you enjoyed the Education Week this year as well and hope to see you there next time!

Mathematical Lounge+

During the Mathematical Lounge+ we had a lovely joint talk by Pim van ‘t Hof en Daan Velthuis. Both of them had creative topics: Pim talked about origami and ways to cut patterns out of paper with only a single cut, while Daan discussed the mathematics behind sudoku’s. You can find the recording of the Mathematical Lounge+ on the youtube channel of Abacus.

Chess Variations

For this activity the Ab-Actie and Education Committee joined forces and gave a new look at chess with several different variations to play. Some were quite chaotic like ‘king on the hill’, whilst others just were mind boggling like ‘atomic’ or ‘quantum chess’. Over all it was a lot of fun to be a part of the pure chaos that ensued due to nobody knowing what was actually going on in the games. There was a great atmosphere and people really enjoyed being a part of it, even if they are not the greatest at regular chess.


This year Gjerrit Meinsma, Nelly Litvak and Tracy Craig were nominated for the AMEP. All three of them gave a wonderful talk about the theme ‘Virtual Mathematics’. Eventually, Tracy Craig was crowned winner of this year’s AMEP by the students, but all three nominees ended up very close and really showed, even in that instance, just how wonderful teachers they are. The committee thanks them all three for participating and congratulates Tracy with her well deserved win. 

The best three teachers of the decentral education prizes compete for the UTEA (University of Twente Education Award) on the 27th of May at 16:00 in Teams.

Scopone Scientifico

Last but not least, the Education Committee also included a course in the Education Week. Here you could learn how to play Scopone Scientifico, a typical Italian card game played in groups of 4, 2 against 2, which much like Taipan makes use of very peculiar cards.


KerstdinersiteDinsdag 6 april 2021 10:53

Op woensdag 21 april zal het online "Kerstdiner” van W.S.G. Abacus plaatsvinden. De inschrijvingen sluiten deze zondag. Voor meer informatie en om je in te schrijven, zie de kerstdinersite (klik hier).


In memoriam Brigit GevelingMaandag 8 maart 2021 14:29

We are very sad to inform you that Brigit Geveling has passed away on the night of 2 to 3 March. She was 63 years old.

Brigit taught mathematics for almost forty years. She was the General Adjunct of the 26th, 27th and  28th board of Abacus, and was active for Abacus for twenty-five years. Aside from organising various small-scaled activities, she also organised several activities during multiple lustra and she realised several well-received cultural evenings in collaboration with Abacus.

During her years as bachelor coordinator of the study programme, she was not only important for the students, but also for Abacus. Several times, she changed the timetables of the Bachelor programme at the request of board members, to make sure the students could attend sports days, symposia or other activities. Brigit was also the first person who was willing to think along and to assist when something had to be arranged.

In 2018 Brigit was awarded with the Brinksma Innovation Grant (BIG). She won this prize due to her work on ‘team-based learning’.

Brigit became an honorary member of Abacus in 2019 for all her tireless effort. That same year she also said goodbye to Applied Mathematics due to her illness. Another cultural evening was organised to thank Brigit for all her hard work.

Brigit’s friendly and helpful presence will be greatly missed.


Bloemetje van de OnderwijscommissieMaandag 1 maart 2021 13:02

Aan het einde van het tweede kwartiel heeft de Onderwijscommissie Hil Meijer een bloemetje gegeven. Zijn colleges behoorden volgens zijn studenten tot de beste interactieve en leuke colleges. Het werk dat hij in de communicatie met zijn studenten steekt, wordt ook enorm gewaardeerd, evenals het enorme aantal contacturen dat hij probeerde te plannen om ervoor te zorgen dat studenten veel mogelijkheden zouden hebben om vragen te stellen en in contact te staan ​​met andere studenten en met hemzelf. Inspelend op de huidige situatie, heeft hij hybride colleges gecreërd waar zijn studenten zowel online als offline aan konden deelnemen. Tijdens deze colleges bleef hij communiceren met alle studenten en creëerde hij een geweldige leeromgeving. Toen we het bloemetje bezorgde, werden we door zijn gastvrijheid er nogmaals aan herinnerd hoe warm Hil is. We kregen de mogelijkheid om met hem te praten en konden de genegenheid waarderen waarmee hij over zijn studenten spreekt. Heel erg bedankt voor het harde werk Hil, geniet van je bloemen!


Nieuw op de Abacus websiteDonderdag 11 februari 2021 11:14

Links voor educatieve ondersteuning

Er is nu een nieuwe pagina op de website onder Onderwijs: Educatieve ondersteuning! Hier staan doorverwijzingen naar allerlei nuttige webpagina's, van een overzicht van AM master vakken tot een canvas pagina van de SACC over mentaal welzijn. Dus vergeet niet om een kijkje te nemen.


Werk perspectief

Een andere nieuwe pagina onder Onderwijs is Werk perspectief. Hier staan stukjes tekst over alumni. Dit kan gaan over wat ze nu in het dagelijks leven doen, of hoe ze zijn gekomen waar ze nu zijn. Mocht je zelf een stukje tekst hebben, waarvan je denkt dat het er goed bij past, dan kan je dat mailen naar board@abacus.utwente.nl.


Opnames van informatie sessies op de Abacloud

Afgelopen weken vonden een informatie sessie over de master specialisaties van AM en de minor informatie lunch plaats. De opnames van deze sessies, inclusief de aparte opname van MDS, staan nu op de Abacloud -> Standard Documents -> Study Information 2021.


In memoriam Dr. Walter KernDinsdag 9 februari 2021 10:02

Met pijn in ons hart delen we mee dat Dr. Walter Kern ter overlijden gekomen is op 29 januari 2021. We delen het volgende bericht van de faculteit


The news that our esteemed colleague Dr. W. (Walter) Kern passed away on January 29, 2021, has touched us deeply.

Walter, born in 1957 in Nürnberg, graduated in Erlangen and received his PhD in 1985 from the Universität zu Köln, was a Mathematician with heart and soul. As associate professor in the Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Programming group, he worked for the UT since December 1988, more than 32 years.

Walter had impressive qualities as a researcher in discrete mathematics, optimization, game theory and operations research. His mathematical knowledge was broad and deep. He was known within the group as the `lexicon' - anyone who was unable to make progress in his research was happy to pay Walter a visit. He knew a way out immediately or was so intrigued that he managed to find a solution within a few days. Walter was also an excellent teacher, a great friend of classical lectures on the blackboard, and he has trained many generations of students with enormous patience.

Several of Walter's former students are now active as professors and share his good taste for the beauty of mathematics, and the most elegant argument. Walter was also active for many years on the faculty council of the EEMCS faculty.

In the summer of 2020, he was diagnosed with cancer -after some complaints. In his unique way, he still made jokes about it at the time. But what followed was an almost unbelievably rapid deterioration of his situation, with more and more surprises. Unfortunately in a negative sense. Even recently, he still had hope, but interspersed with the idea of the inevitable.

We are going to miss very much his advice in mathematical questions, but especially his calm demeanor, his modesty, his helpfulness, his fine humor, and his counterbalance to the delusion of the day.

Our feelings of sympathy go out to his partner Angela and two sons Anton and Julius, further family and loved ones.

A message on behalf of the Executive Board and the staff and students of the University of Twente,

Prof. Joost Kok, Dean Faculty EEMCS
Prof. Stephan van Gils, department chair of Applied Mathematics
Prof.dr. Marc Uetz, chair Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Programming


Het bestuur,

Daan, Luuk, Daan, Jorn, Anouk and Clara


'Luisterend Oor' van AbacusVrijdag 5 februari 2021 11:47

We zijn blij om aan te kondigen dat Abacus twee 'luisterende oren' heeft! Zit je ergens mee, of wil je gewoon even met iemand praten? Dan kun je Raymon of Mariya een email sturen. Hieronder stellen ze zich kort voor:


"Hello, my name is Raymon, I'm 21 years old, and am currently in my third year of Applied Mathematics. I grew up in Klazienaveen, a small town in the northeast of the Netherlands, where I lived for the first 19 years of my life, before moving to Hengelo to study at the University of Twente. My hobbies include playing guitar, reading, practicing karate, playing videogames and playing tabletop role-playing games with friends." Je kan hem bereiken op: raymon@abacus.utwente.nl


"Hi there! My name is Mariya and at the moment I am entering my last year of study. In the past years I have enjoyed the student life a lot: I joined quite some committees and have done a board year at Abacus. During these years I have met tons of new people, who have helped me to grow as a person and to learn how to help others out. At the moment I’m less active in the student community, but I do fill up my spare time with friends, housemates and some casual activities like playing the guitar and crocheting." Je kan haar bereiken op: mariya@abacus.utwente.nl


Onthoud dat ze niet geaccrediteerd counselor zijn, en dat ze dit op vrijwillige basis doen.


Werk perspectief op de website!Vrijdag 22 januari 2021 11:21

Vanaf vandaag is er op de website 'Werk perspectief' te vinden. Dit is te vinden onder het knopje 'Onderwijs'. Hier staan stukjes tekst over alumni. Dit kan gaan over wat ze nu in het dagelijks leven doen, of hoe ze zijn gekomen waar ze nu zijn.

Mocht je zelf een stukje tekst hebben, waarvan je denkt dat het er goed bij past, dan kan je dat mailen naar board@abacus.utwente.nl.