SIAM Student Blog

SIAM VT Chapter hosts SIAM Past President Nick Trefethen

Boris Kramer of the Virginia Tech SIAM chapter gives us a recap of the Past President’s visit to VT: 

The SIAM Student Chapter at Virginia Tech was excited to welcome Dr. Nick Trefethen, former SIAM president, to our campus in Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Trefethen was a guest of the College of Science’s Academy of Integrated Science. He gave the initial lecture in the distinguished lecture series associated with the Computational Modeling and Data Analytics initiative. Dr Trefethen also kindly agreed to give a special talk for the Virginia Tech SIAM Student Chapter, which was attended by both graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Trefethen talked about Chebfun, an extensive Matlab computing toolbox based on Chebyshev approximations of continuous functions. During the presentation, we were able to interactively try out various features of the toolbox on our laptops, which was very insightful and fun. Overall, this event successfully broadened our chapter’s visibility on campus and was a nice add-on to our regular biweekly speaker series.

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First Annual Howard County Math Festival

On Wednesday January 29th, Centennial High School held the first annual Howard County Math Festival. Dr. Jeffrey Sieracki, President of the SIAM Washington-Baltimore Section, had the opportunity to organize a presentation which illustrated various every day occurrences that could be modeled using mathematics.

Pictured: (L-R) Jonathan McHenry (President of SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC), Cherre Jefferson (SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC Officer), Stefan Doboszczak (SIAM Member at UMCP), Stephanie Young (SIAM Member at UMCP), Dr. Jeff Sieracki (President of the SIAM Washington-Baltimore Section), Zana Coulibaly (SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC Webmaster) and Dr. Matthias K. Gobbert (Professor of Mathematics, UMBC)

Pictured: (L-R) Jonathan McHenry (President of SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC), Cherre Jefferson (SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC Officer), Stefan Doboszczak (SIAM Member at UMCP), Stephanie Young (SIAM Member at UMCP), Dr. Jeff Sieracki (President of the SIAM Washington-Baltimore Section), Zana Coulibaly (SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC Webmaster) and Dr. Matthias K. Gobbert (Professor of Mathematics, UMBC)

SIAM Student Chapter members from UMBC (Jonathan S. McHenry, Zana Coulibaly, Cherre Jefferson) and students from UMCP (Stefan Doboszczak, Stephanie Young) volunteered to join Dr Sieracki in order to promote mathematics by sharing our experiences as young mathematicians. We were fortunate to be in attendance and enjoyed conversing with other math lovers of all ages as well as interacting with the SIAM members from UMCP.

However, the fun did not stop there. Not only did the SIAM student chapter members have the opportunity to interact with plenty of eager K-12 students, but we were also surrounded by other representatives who were equally STEM-passionate. Various companies, organizations, and university departments, such as statisticians from the Baltimore Orioles, the UMBC Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Kumon were also in attendance. Some of the presentations included learning what prime number your name is, the statistics of baseball, mathematical poetry, the intersection between animation and mathematics, mathematics education, and the list goes on. This event had a great turnout and students got the opportunity to witness firsthand that math is more than just manipulating numbers with algebra.

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Welcome to the newest SIAM Student Chapters

SIAM welcomes the newest student chapters formed at the following schools:

Brigham Young University

California State Polytechnic University Pomona 

City University of New York

Colorado College

University of Pennsylvania

 

For more information about forming a chapter at your school, go to http://www.siam.org/students/chapters/start.php and check out the slide show at http://www.siam.org/link/why.php

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George Mason University SIAM Student Chapter update!

The SIAM GMU chapter participated as graders and proctors for the 2014 Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition on Saturday, February 1. The 31st annual MATHCOUNTS Competition brought together 467 students from 55 different middle and elementary schools, making this event the largest in the state and one of the largest in the country. MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment program that promotes  mathematics achievement among middle school students. This year’s event was attended by members of the National Board of MATHCOUNTS.

Members of the GMU SIAM Chapter with the Northern VA Regional Coordinator Ray Powell and a National MATHCOUNTS board member Manuael Deponte. From L to R: Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Christopher Gray, Adam Moskey, Emily Eastlake, Manuael Deponte, Ray Powell, Diego Torrejon, Marylin Vazquez, Olivia Brozek, and Tom Stephens.

Members of the GMU SIAM Chapter with the Northern VA Regional Coordinator Ray Powell and a National MATHCOUNTS board member Manuael Deponte. From L to R: Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Christopher Gray, Adam Moskey, Emily Eastlake, Manuael Deponte, Ray Powell, Diego Torrejon, Marylin Vazquez, Olivia Brozek, and Tom Stephens.

 

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Student Chapter Funding 2013-14

SIAM awarded a total of $39,042 to the following 81 chapters for activities taking place during the 2013-2014 academic year. Activities include seminars, workshops, regional student conferences, guest lectures, special presentations and field trips. For more information, go to http://www.siam.org/students/chapters/current.php and click on the school name for SIAM’s Information Page or click on the home icon to go to the Chapter’s own homepage.

Arizona State University
Auburn University
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Stanislaus
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Outstanding undergrad research in SIURO last month

SIAM Undergraduate Research Online, SIAM’s web-based publication often referred to as SIURO, publishes outstanding undergraduate research in applied and computational mathematics. Two types of articles can be found in SIURO: papers to which undergraduates have made a significant contribution, and expository (survey) papers of high quality written by a faculty member or researcher for an undergrad audience.

The latest paper by Ling Han Meng, Joseph Geumlek, Holly Chu, Justin Hoogenstyrd under their advisor Ernie Esser is called Contextual Point Matching for Video Stabilization. The paper explores the many videos that suffer from a shaking or moving camera that distract viewers from the subject or scene. The authors describe a process called video stabilization which uses software to fix unwanted movements. Their method attempts to find point correspondences in subsequent frames of footage with great success, according to the authors. Video stabilization not only provides better results compared to other methods, it can also be implemented without significantly increasing computational costs. 

Additional papers will be posted online as they are accepted.

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Virginia Tech SIAM chapter meets with mathematicians in industry

Boris Kramer from the Virginia Tech SIAM chapter updates us on a trip to meet industry representatives in the field: 

For the first time, the SIAM student chapter at Virginia Tech organized a trip to meet with industry representatives from the Washington DC metropolitan area on October 18th, 2013. In addition to our biweekly seminars with graduate or faculty speakers from science and engineering departments, we already added more to SIAM’s academic component by having our first graduate poster session this past spring. See a SIAM blog post about this event.

However, we felt that SIAM’s “I” component was continuously underrepresented in our activities. To overcome this, we had long been thinking about organizing an event with exposure to industry. However, organizing and making such an event happen requires a lot of work. In our faculty advisor, Dr. Lizette Zietsman, and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics, Dr. Terry Herdman we had two great and very supportive faculty members; without their contacts in industry and experience in organization, this event couldn’t have happened. Read the rest of this entry »

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DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship application now open

Applications are now being accepted for the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). The program provides excellent benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields using high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. It provides up to four years of financial support.

Hailing from diverse scientific and engineering disciplines, fellows share a common interest in using computing in their research. Fostering a community of Ph.D. students, alumni, DOE laboratory staff and other scientists, the program attracts those who want to have an impact on the nation while advancing their research.

For more information and to access the online application, please visit the fellowship page.

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Check out the newest SIAM student chapters!

The 2013 year saw 17 new SIAM Student Chapters. Check them out below.

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Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science

From the Simons Foundation. Please read full announcement here

The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for the Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science program.

Theoretical computer science is unique in that graduate students working independently produce some of the best results in the field. With the Simons Award for Graduate Students, the foundation seeks to identify and support these emerging stars by providing additional support to enable them to freely pursue their research interests. The award is not intended to replace the regular academic-year support of these outstanding students.

Applicants must be graduate students who have completed two, three or four years at a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education with a track record of outstanding results in theoretical computer science. There are no citizenship requirements.

Up to 10 awards will be made annually. Applicants must apply through proposalCENTRAL. The deadline to apply is February 12, 2014, at midnight EST.

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