The Mathematics and Computer Science Department confers the honor of membership in the Bernard Society of Mathematics on departmental majors and others with outstanding interest and ability in mathematics or computer science. The society's activities and assistance, supported by the Bernard Society Endowment and funded by gifts from alumni, faculty, and friends include:
In short, the Bernard Society promotes interest and activity in mathematics, encouraging students to emulate Professor Bernard's exemplary dedication to the discipline.
The Bernard Society is at its heart a student organization, administered by student volunteers. At the beginning of each academic year, all Bernard Society Leadership Council volunteers will meet and organize themselves into teams to manage various activities and projects for the organization at large. This structure allows everyone to participate and volunteer for what best suits their interests and available time. The Leadership Council elects a single representative from each class who is charged with coordinating the various teams. Class reps also serve as liaisons to the departmental faculty and take leadership roles at the Bernard banquet and lecture. Students may volunteer for the Leadership Council by emailing department chair Dr. Heyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Professor Bernard began his college teaching career at Yale, but returned south in 1955 to join the Davidson faculty. His Davidson career spanned a quarter of a century during which he taught countless Davidson undergraduates the lessons of instruction by example, clear thinking, compassion, good humor, and gracious manners. He initiated the Math Coffee series, and in 1957 designed and taught the first course in topology at Davidson. Named the first Vail Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Bernard received a Senior Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and was honored with the Thomas Jefferson Award for teaching excellence at Davidson.
Davidson College and the Mathematics and Computer Science Department deeply appreciate the generosity of the founders and the continuing supporters of the Bernard Society of Mathematics and welcome contributions to the Bernard Society Endowment. Inquiries may be made through the college's Giving website, or by contacting the department chair.