Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium

The 13th annual Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium (MUMS) will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Simpson College. The regional conference will feature numerous contributed talks and poster presentations by undergraduates, as well as a plenary talk by Dr. Patrick Breheny from the University of Iowa.


  • 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.


Saturday, April 9, 2016 (Kent Campus Center and McNeill Hall)

9:00AM  Registration and coffee (Kent Campus Center, 2nd floor)
9:30AM  Plenary talk by Dr. Patrick Breheny (Kent Campus Center, Hubbell Hall II)
10:40AM  Students talks (McNeill Hall 106, 107, 108, 111)
12:00PM  Lunch - on your own
1:00PM  Poster Session D (McNeill Hall)
2:00PM  Student talks - (McNeill Hall 106, 107, 108, 111)
3:20PM  Closing remarks with door prizes (Kent Campus Center, Hubbell Hall II)


There is no registration fee.  Lunch will not be provided. Advanced registration is requested by Friday, March 25, 2016 for planning purposes, but attendees may also register at the conference. 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. Jonathan Preisser (phone 515-961-1836).

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 25, 2016.  Click the "Abstracts from MUMS 2015" 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. Jonathan Preisser (phone 515-961-1836).