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 plenary speaker will be Dr. Simon Donner, Associate Professor of Climatology at the University of British Columbia.  Dr. Donner studies why the climate matters to society as well as ecosystems like coral reefs.  His two talks will be about how the planet – including the climate and the oceans – needs mathematicians.  More details to come!
 

Purpose

  • 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.

Click on the button above for abstracts for the two plenary talks.

JitkaStohnova

Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:00pm

Dr. Jitka Stehnova
Mount Mercy University

The Beauty of Math

KathrynLeonard2

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:00am

Dr. Kathryn Leonard
California State University Channel Islands

Shape Modeling with Industry and Undergraduates

Schedule

Friday, April 11, 2014

6:00pm  Welcome and pizza - free (Carver Science Center 205)
7:00pm  Plenary talk by Dr. Jitka Stehnova (Carver 215)
8:00pm  Panel discussion on REUs and internships (Carver 215)
8:40 - 10:10pm  Games and social time (Carver 205)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

8:30am  Registration and check-in with coffee and light breakfast items (Carver Atrium)
9:00am  Plenary talk by Dr. Kathryn Leonard (Carver 215)
10:10am  Student talks - Sessions A, B, and C
11:30am  Panel discussion on graduate schools and various careers (Carver 215)
12:10pm  Lunch - free (Carver)
1:00pm  Poster presentations - Session D
1:45pm  Student talks - Sessions E, F, and G
3:05pm  Closing remarks with door prizes (Carver 215)

Registration

There is no registration fee and lunch is provided free of charge.  Advanced registration is preferred by Friday, March 28, for planning purposes, but attendees may also register at the conference.  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 the symposium co-directors, Dr. Heidi Berger (phone 515-961-1837) and Dr. Bill Schellhorn (phone 515-961-1321).

Abstract Submission

If you are interested in giving a talk or poster presentation, you must submit an abstract in advance.  Email MUMS@simpson.edu with the names of all presenters, school, faculty sponsor’s name, title of the presentation, a brief abstract, and your choice of a talk or poster presentation.  Abstracts are due by Friday, March 28.  Here is a link to the abstracts from MUMS 2013 to use as examples when writing your abstract.  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).

Panel Discussions

REUs and Internships

The panel discussion on REUs and internships will be on Friday night.  We are seeking students and faculty to serve on the panel, which will involve briefly describing your experience 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.

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.

Click on the button above for information about giving a talk or poster presentation at MUMS.  As stated in the Abstract Submission section on this page, abstracts are due by Friday, March 28.

Click on the button above for information about student travel stipends.  Travel stipends will be awarded in the order they are received and as funding allows, so make your request early!

Click on the button above for information about traveling to MUMS, presentation equipment, and so on.

Click on the button above for the latest version of the schedules 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 button 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 2013 to use as examples when writing your abstract.

Funding

Funding for MUMS 2014 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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