Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium

The 12th annual Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium (MUMS) will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, 2015, at Simpson College. The regional conference will feature numerous contributed talks and poster presentations by undergraduates, as well as two plenary talks by Dr. Simmon Donner.


  • Promote student engagement in the mathematical sciences, including projects and research (completed individually or in groups).
  • 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 10, 2015 (Kent Campus Center)

6:00PM  Welcome and pizza - free (Hubbell Hall I)
7:00PM  Plenary talk by Dr. Simon Donner (Hubbell Hall II)
8:00-10:00PM  Games and conversations (Hubbell Hall I)

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (Kent Campus Center)

9:00AM  Registration and coffee (2nd Floor Atrium)
9:30AM  Plenary talk by Dr. Simon Donner (Hubbell Hall II)
10:40AM  Student talks - Sessions A, B, and C (Hubbell Hall II, Carse 171/172, Carse 173/174)
12:00PM  Lunch - free (Hubbell Hall I)
1:00PM  Poster presentations - Session D (Principal Black Box)
2:00PM  Student talks - Sessions E, F, and G (Hubbell Hall II, Carse 171/172, Carse 173/174)
3:20PM  Closing remarks with door prizes (Hubbell Hall II)

* At 8:00AM Saturday there will be a discussion about the future of MUMS with invited stakeholders.

Simon Donner

The plenary speaker for MUMS 2015 is Dr. Simon Donner, Associate Professor of Climatology at the University of British Columbia.  Click on his picture to the left for more information about Dr. Donner.

We are excited that he will be giving two talks:

An ocean full of numbers
Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:00PM

The planet needs mathematicians
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:30AM


There is no registration fee and lunch is provided free of charge.  Advanced registration is requested by Friday, March 27, for planning purposes, but attendees may also register at the conference.  Student travel stipends are available - refer to the Travel Stipends 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 symposium co-director Dr. Bill Schellhorn (phone 515-961-1321).

Call for Presentations

Undergraduate students are invited and encouraged to make presentations in any mathematics-related field. Possible topics for talks and posters include, but are not limited to:

  • results of class projects;
  • solutions to contest problems (Putnam Exam, modeling competitions, etc.);
  • results from undergraduate research projects (summer programs, capstone courses, etc.);
  • expository talks on interesting topics in mathematics;
  • papers on the history of mathematics;
  • mathematics education projects; and
  • independent work in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or related disciplines.

Abstract Submission

All submissions for talks (10-15 minutes) and poster presentations will be accepted, but you must submit an abstract in advance. Submitting an abstract is simple - all you have to do is email MUMS@simpson.edu with the folliwing information:

  • names of all presenters and their schools;
  • title of the presentation;
  • brief abstract (one paragraph);
  • your choice of a talk or poster presentation; and
  • faculty sponsor(s).

Abstracts are due by Friday, March 27, 2015.  Click the "Abstracts from MUMS 2014" button below to see examples of how to write an abstract. If you have any questions, email MUMS@simpson.edu to contact symposium co-director Dr. Bill Schellhorn (phone 515-961-1321).

Click on the buttons above for the latest versions of the schedules and abstracts for the student talk and poster sessions (Sessions A-G).  If you are presenting, please check your information and email MUMS@simpson.edu with any corrections.

Click on the buttons above for information about student travel stipends and frequently asked questions about traveling to Simpson College. Travel stipends will be awarded in the order they are received and as funding allows, so make your request early!


Funding for MUMS 2015 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).

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