SIAM Student Blog
Haley Yaple, Secretary of Northwestern University SIAM Student Chapter gives us a recap of the first annual Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference:
The end of April marked an exciting milestone for SIAM student chapters in the Chicagoland: the first event inviting all applied math students in the area to come together, have some fun, and learn about what’s going on locally in applied mathematics. April 27-28 was the first annual Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference, and it was a great success (see our earlier post about planning this event). Featuring three plenary speakers at the top of their fields, talks from graduate students working in a variety of areas, a poster session, and career panel, there was a little something for everyone. Several dozen students from six local universities participated in the weekend’s activities, which included time for students to get to know one another. In addition to learning about current research and getting career advice, students had the chance to form lasting connections with their peers. Read the rest of this entry »
Read a post by Jeffrey Hyman, Vice President of the University of Arizona SIAM chapter, about an exciting use of math by their chapter: picking winners in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
This year marked the third annual University of Arizona’s NCAA men’s basketball Tournament Bracket challenge where students in the SIAM chapter created algorithms to pick winners in the NCAA Division-one Basketball tournament. Members generated algorithms that were based on weighted probabilities using the tournament seeds, Markov Chains based on data pulled from previous tournaments, ranking mascots in battles to the death, and distance from their hometown. The only rule was that each bracket be reproducible within the variation provided by a pseudo random number generator. The winner this year created a weighted bracket based upon games during the regular session.
One member said, “the joy of the competition was comparing our picks to those by people following the sport with great vigilance and think they have the upper hand. Turns out, March Madness is a stochastic process where anything can happen, almost surely.”
From down here in the old pueblo, we’d like to encourage other SIAM student chapters to start their own March madness algorithm competitions next year. And perhaps someday we’ll have a national student SIAM competition!
If you have any questions about the competition don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
On Friday, April 12, SIAM student chapters from the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University converged 25 miles southwest of Chicago at the Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest laboratories for science and engineering research. Read the rest of this entry »
SIAM has partnered with the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) to bring more math and more mathematicians to science festivals around the country, demonstrating to kids how much fun it is to be a mathematician.
Below is a great story from Barrett Leslie of the Illinois Institute of Technology SIAM Student Chapter on how Chicago area chapters connected to overcome funding challenges to organize their first inter-chapter event. A great lesson for other student chapters in similar situations:
The Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference (CASSC), a collaboration between Illinois Institute of Technology(IIT), Northwestern University (NU), and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is the inaugural event celebrating applied mathematics in Chicagoland. The event will feature plenary speakers who are leaders in the field, along with talks from graduate students and a poster session showcasing the work of graduate and undergraduate students. To find out more about the conference please visit the website. The conference will be held April 27th and 28th—call for submissions is currently still open. Read the rest of this entry »
After an exciting year in 2012, we started our 2013 activities with a great field trip to the IBM global research lab in Zurich, Switzerland. Because mathematical and computational sciences play a key role in the lab’s research program, it was an ideal destination for our chapter’s field trip. Read the rest of this entry »
SIAM awarded a total of $38,901 to 83 chapters for activities taking place during the 2012-2013 academic year. Here is a sampling of the activities that SIAM chapters sponsored this year.
Cardiff University, Wales:
The First Annual SIAM Chapter Day held at Cardiff University on January 21 marked the formation of the first SIAM Student Chapter in Wales. The event brought together over 70 research students and faculty in mathematics and engineering, and offered a platform for discussions on a wide range of topics from computational accuracy to mathematical modeling in science and industry to engineering applications. The program included guest lectures by Nick Higham (University of Manchester), Alain Goriely (University of Oxford), Simon Cox (Aberystwyth University), and Matthew Gilbert (University of Sheffield), and poster presentations by doctoral students from Cardiff University and their guests from the Universities of Manchester, Aberystwyth, and Swansea. Lectures may now be downloaded at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/maths/research/researchgroups/applied/siam/siamday2013.html Read the rest of this entry »