Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium 2013

The eleventh annual Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium (MUMS) will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, 2014, in the Carver Science Center at Simpson College.  The schedule below will be updated soon.

Purpose

  • Promote student work, including research and projects, in the mathematical sciences at the undergraduate level.
  • Provide students the opportunity to share and celebrate the work they have completed in the mathematical sciences.
  • Introduce students to topics and applications of mathematics that are new to them.
  • Inform students about research programs and study abroad opportunities in the mathematical sciences.
  • Inform students about career and graduate school opportunities in the mathematical sciences.

 

Friday, April 12, 2013

6:00 – 6:50pm  Welcome and pizza – free (Carver Science Center 205)
7:00 – 7:50pm  Plenary talk by Dr. T.J. Hitchman (Carver 215)
8:00 – 8:30pm  Panel discussion on REUs and study abroad opportunities (Carver 215)
Afterwards   Games and social time (Carver 205)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

8:30 – 8:50am  Registration and check-in with coffee and light breakfast items (Carver Atrium)
9:00 – 9:50am  Plenary talk by Dr. Rick Gillman (Carver 215)
10:00 – 11:15am  Student talks – Sessions A, B, and C (links to schedules and abstracts below)
11:20 – 11:50am  Panel discussion on graduate schools and various careers (Carver 215)
11:50am – 12:50pm  Lunch – free (Carver)
1:00 – 1:50pm  Calculus: The Musical! (Lekberg Hall in Amy Robertson Music Center)
2:00 – 2:35pm  Poster presentations – Session D (links to abstracts below)
2:40 – 3:55pm  Student talks – Sessions E, F, and G (links to schedules and abstracts below)
4:00 – 4:15pm  Closing remarks with door prizes (Carver 215)

Plenary Talks

We are very pleased to have Dr. T.J. Hitchman from the University of Northern Iowa and Dr. Rick Gillman from Valparaiso University giving our plenary talks this year.  Click on the link above to read the abstracts for their presentations.

Registration

There is no registration fee and lunch is provided free of charge.  Advanced registration is preferred by Friday, March 29, for planning purposes, but attendees may also register the morning of the conference.  Travel stipends are available – refer to the Travel Information section below.  To register, simply email MUMS@simpson.edu with your name and the college or university you attend.  Groups can register by sending all names in one email to the same address.  If you have any questions, email MUMS@simpson.edu to contact the symposium co-directors, Dr. Heidi Berger (phone 515-961-1837) and Dr. Bill Schellhorn (phone 515-961-1321).

Promotional Posters

Feel free to use this MUMS 2013 Poster and this MUMS 2013 Call for Presentations to promote the symposium to other students and faculty.  Note that the second page of the MUMS poster includes the abstracts for the plenary talks.

Information for Presenters

Click on the link above for information about giving a talk or poster presentation at MUMS, including how to submit an abstract.  The abstract deadline is Friday, March 29.

Travel Information

Click on the link above for information about travel stipends, hotel accommodations, parking, and so on.

Panel Discussion – REUs and Study Abroad Opportunities

The panel discussion on REUs and study abroad opportunities will be on Friday night.  We are seeking students and faculty to serve on the panel, which will involve briefly describing your experience in such a program and then responding to questions from the audience.  If you are interested in being on this panel, email MUMS@simpson.edu to contact the symposium co-directors, Dr. Heidi Berger and Dr. Bill Schellhorn.

Panel Discussion – Graduate Schools and Careers

The panel discussion on graduate schools and various careers in the mathematical sciences will be on Saturday. Representatives from nearby universities such as the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln attend the symposium to promote their graduate programs.  In addition, people who use mathematics in their jobs attend the symposium to discuss the wide variety of career options available for mathematics students.  We are seeking representatives from graduate programs and various careers to serve on the panel, which will involve briefly describing your program or career and then responding to questions from the audience.  If you are interested in being on this panel, email MUMS@simpson.edu to contact the symposium co-directors, Dr. Heidi Berger and Dr. Bill Schellhorn.

Schedules for Talks and Poster Sessions (Sessions A-G)

Click on the link above for the latest version of the session schedules.  If you are presenting, please check your information and email MUMS@simpson.edu with any corrections.

Abstracts

Click on the link above for the student talk and poster abstracts.  If you are presenting, please check your information and email MUMS@simpson.edu with any corrections.  Here is a link to the abstracts from MUMS 2012 to use as examples when writing an abstract.

Funding

Funding for MUMS 2013 is provided by NSF grant DMS-0846477 through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program (maa.org/RUMC).  Additional funding is provided by the Simpson College Mathematics Department (simpson.edu/math).