Mathematics Day

Math Day will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Discover why studying mathematics or actuarial science at Simpson College is a terrific choice for your future.  You will meet Simpson professors and students and learn about the exciting mathematics events occurring inside and outside the classroom at Simpson.  You will also have the opportunity to meet with Simpson alumni and learn about many career opportunities in mathematics.  For more information contact Dr. Rick Spellerberg (

We hope that you can join us!  Register here:

Friday, October 17, 2014

6:30pm – ?  Pizza and Games – Hosted by the Math Club
Join us for games and pizza!  This is a great opportunity to meet students in the Math Club and hear about their experiences at Simpson while enjoying some friendly competition.  Let us know if you are interested in staying overnight on campus.  We suggest that if you are interested in attending this Friday evening event, you come to campus earlier in the day so you can sit in on a class and meet a faculty member.  (Note this Friday evening event is optional.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

8:00 – 8:30am  Check-in – Atrium of Carver Science Center

Light breakfast items like coffee, juice, rolls, and muffins will be provided.

8:30 – 8:35am  Welcome – Dr. Bill Schellhorn, Chair of the Mathematics Department

8:35 – 9:05am  Math majors can do anything! – Dr. Rick Spellerberg

Some students are interested in math or actuarial science, but may not think of majoring in the fields because they do not know what jobs they can obtain with an actuarial science or math degree. We will discuss the wide variety of areas that recent graduates have gone into using the skills they developed through studying math and actuarial science. We will also explain why a math degree is so valuable to employers.

9:05 – 10:00am  Interactive presentation about a topic in mathematics

This past summer, Dr. Bill Schellhorn led a group of three Simpson students in the Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics at Simpson College.  They developed of a sophisticated algorithm to maximize the total value of the players drafted for a fantasy football team and implemented the algorithm in the statistical computing language R.  This presentation will be led by Dr. Schellhorn and his students and they will explain the details behind the algorithm.  As part of the presentation, members of the audience will get to test their fantasy football drafting skills against the algorithm.

10:15 – 11:15am  Optional activities offered by the Admissions Office for Fall Visit Day.

During this time students can attend various academic program browsing sessions across campus, attend a poster session where some Simpson students will talk about the recent research they have conducted, go on a campus tour, or just hang out in the Carver Science Center to meet members of our faculty, graduates, and current students.

11:15 – 11:45am  How I use math in my career – Simpson Math Graduates

Several graduates will discuss their careers and how they use math on a daily basis.

11:45am – 12:15pm  Who studies mathematics? – Faculty, Graduates, and Current Students

You will meet current students and hear why they chose to study mathematics at Simpson, what careers they plan to pursue, and what studying mathematics in college is all about. We will also introduce you to some recent graduates. You may be surprised by the wide variety of career opportunities afforded to students who study mathematics.

12:15 – 1:00pm  Lunch and informal conversations – Faculty, Graduates, and Current Students

This is your chance to connect with other mathematicians. Over lunch you will have the opportunity to talk with Simpson graduates about their career paths and experiences. You will also have the opportunity to talk with faculty members and current students in mathematics and actuarial science.