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Recipients named for ninth annual SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition

SIAM Student Chapter certificates of recognition have been awarded to 76 students who have made outstanding contributions to their SIAM student chapters. This program recognizes the importance of student contributions in creating and sustaining exciting chapters, acknowledges students’ efforts within the greater SIAM community, and provides a noteworthy commendation for students to add to their records for career building.

SIAM congratulates all of the recipients and thanks them for their contributions to the development and growth of SIAM student chapters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pi Day 2015 at UMBC

On Friday, March 13, 2015, University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s SIAM Student Chapter, Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Student Association (MSGSA), and Pi Mu Epsilon Chapter co-hosted a special Pi Day Social.  The President of MSGSA gave students a brief history of Pi, presenting the chronology of attempts to approximate Pi. There was food, fun, and math-related games including Jeopardy Pi Day Edition,  Pi Day Sudoku, a pie tasting contest, and a Pi reciting contest where an undergraduate in mechanical engineering was able to recite 100 digits of Pi.  Special emphasis was placed on giving the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students from mathematics, statistics, mechanical engineering, and computer science to network and socialize in an informal, friendly, and light-hearted math environment. The event had great turnout and was a fantastic success!

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George Mason University SIAM chapter volunteers in MATHCOUNTS competitions

Diego Torrejon of the George Mason University SIAM student chapter writes: 

The Northern Virginia Regional 32nd MATHCOUNTS competitions were held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Glasgow Middle School in Alexandria, VA and at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, VA. These chapters include schools in Fairfax and Arlington counties as well as the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax City and Vienna. Over 450 sixth through eighth grade students from 51 elementary and middle schools competed at the events. Several members from the George Mason University SIAM student chapter participated in this outreach event as judges, scorers and volunteers.

SIAM GMU chapter volunteers at MAHTCOUNTS [From (R to L: Front Row: Raymond Powell (Chairman, Northern Virginia Mathcounts Chapter), Manuel DePonte, (Chairman, Mathcounts National Board of Directors), Mezel Smith, Christopher Gray, Rachel Locke, Marilyn Vazquez, Shauna Simeone, Alexandra Johnson, Margaret Araneo, Alicia Suchicital and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (SIAM Faculty Advisor) Back Row: Diego Torrejon, James Cameron and Stephen Liddle]

SIAM GMU chapter volunteers at MATHCOUNTS

In picture above, from R to L: Front Row: Raymond Powell (Chairman, Northern Virginia Mathcounts Chapter), Manuel DePonte, (Chairman, Mathcounts National Board of Directors), Mezel Smith, Christopher Gray, Rachel Locke, Marilyn Vazquez, Shauna Simeone, Alexandra Johnson, Margaret Araneo, Alicia Suchicital and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (SIAM Faculty Advisor) Back Row: Diego Torrejon, James Cameron and Stephen Liddle]

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UMBC Chapter Hosts Event on the Transition from Grad School to a Career

Sarah Swatski, Vice President of the SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC, writes: 

On Wednesday, March 11, the UMBC SIAM Student Chapter hosted Navigating the Transition from Grad School to a Career.  We were very pleased to have Susan Hindle, Assistant Director for Internships and Employment with the UMBC Career Center as well as Dr. Bedrich Sousedik and Dr. Kofi Adragni, Assistant Professors in the UMBC Department of Mathematics and Statistics, speaking at this event.  Susan Hindle shared information on the many services offered by the Career Center and discussed when to use and how to construct a “30-second commercial” or “elevator pitch.”  Dr. Sousedik and Dr. Adragni discussed their experiences with their transition from graduate school to their positions at UMBC and answered student questions.

Professors Bedrich Sousedik and Kofi Adragni speaking to students at the event

Professors Bedrich Sousedik and Kofi Adragni speaking to students at the event

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Charles University in Prague Chapter conducts FEniCS workshop

Jan Papež  of Charles University in Prague Chapter of SIAM writes:

In February 2015 the Charles University in Prague Chapter of SIAM organised a week-long workshop focused on programming in the FEniCS Project. The FEniCS Project is a collection of free software with an extensive list of features for automated and efficient solution of partial differential equations. Among the main components of this tool there are the C++/Python problem solving environment DOLFIN and the Unified Form Language (UFL) that allows a user-friendly and almost mathematical formulation of the problem.


The workshop started off with solving the Laplace equation which was used to teach participants the basics of Python and provide them with a brief introduction to FEniCS. We used our previous experience from MATLAB workshops that learning by doing is the most appreciated approach by attendants. Later in the week we moved from one problem to another and solved the heat equation, the evolutionary nonlinear problems of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equation, and the equations of hyper-elasticity. In the end we spent the last day on computing the eigenfunctions of the Laplace operator.


The course was led by two members of our faculty, Jaroslav Hron and Jan Blechta who is one of the developers of the FEniCS Project. The workshop attracted 30 participants, students and faculty staff members. We consider it to be a great success with the possibility of becoming a regular activity of our Chapter.

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My Favorite SIAM Legacy

Susan Whitehouse, outgoing SIAM Membership Manager, recalls memories working with the SIAM student chapter community:

I will be retiring soon, after 12 great years serving as SIAM’s first Membership Manager.  My fondest legacy is the student chapters.  When I walked in the door in January of 2003, there were 12 chapters scattered about the U.S. No one knew who ran them or what they did.  My first task was to survey the existing chapters to find out what they were doing and how SIAM could best support their activities. My second task was to put together a website that would include all the tools that schools would need to set up new chapters and request financial support (the top request identified in my survey of chapter needs.) My third task was to start telling the SIAM community about the opportunity to set up chapters and encourage them to do so at their schools. Read the rest of this entry »

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Student Chapter Funding for 2014-2015

SIAM awarded over $46,000 to 95 chapters for activities taking place throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. Many of SIAM’s Student Chapters have weekly or biweekly meetings, seminars, invited speakers, workshops, field trips to companies and labs, and other interesting activities. Below are a few exciting events our chapters held in fall 2014 or plan to do in spring 2015.

A New Years greeting from the Rochester Institute of Technology chapter.

A New Years greeting from the Rochester Institute of Technology chapter.

The Cardiff University chapter hosted their Third SIAM Chapter Day on January 15. Doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from Cardiff University and other universities were invited to showcase their research in a poster presentation. Guest lecturers included Des Higham (University of Strathclyde), Kevin Glazebrook (University of Lancaster), and Peter Wells (Cardiff University). The chapter also hosts regular seminars given by junior or postdoctoral researchers in mathematics or engineering. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM Student Chapters to present research at CSE15

For the past 12 years, SIAM student chapters have been invited to send representatives to the SIAM Annual Meeting as part of Student Days to present their research in special minisymposia sessions organized by SIAM Education Committee. Since there is no SIAM annual meeting in 2015 in support of ICIAM 2015 in Beijing, chapters have been invited to send representatives to the 2015 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15) in March, in Salt Lake City to participate in Student Days.

The student chapter presentations at CSE15, organized by SIAM’s Vice President for Education Rachel Levy of Harvey Mudd College, will be on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Room 254C as follows:


9:10 AM – 10:50 AM SIAM Student Chapter Presentations

  • System Architecture for a Cooperative Fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Stacey Joseph-Ellison, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA
  • Affirmative Actions in Education Creating Division and Inefficiency Among Beneficiary Groups in India, Aprant Ajay, Delhi Techinical University, India
  • Interfacial Motion by Mean Curvature in Liquid Crystals, Amy Spicer, University of Bath, UK
  • Theory and Computation for Bilinear Quadratures, Christopher A. Wong, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Survival Probability of Beneficial Mutations in Bacteria, Anna Zhu, Western University Canada, Canada
  • On Strategic Defense in Stochastic Networks, Ryan White, Florida Institute of Technology, USA


1:30 PM – 3:10 PM SIAM Student Chapter Presentations

  • Sublinear Preconditioners for the 2D Helmholtz Equation, Leonardo Zepeda-Núñez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Solving the Heat Equation with Wavelets, Anne Reinarz, University of Reading, UK
  • Analysis of a Heterogeneous Multiscale Method for Poroelasticity, Paul Delgado, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
  • Experimental Analysis of the Performance of GeoClaw, AnuGA and SurfWB-UC Numerical Models for the Simulation of Tsunami Inundation Phenomena, José Galaz, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
  • Stabilization in Relation to Wavenumber in HDG Methods, Nicole Olivares, Portland State University, USA
  • Incompressible Flow and (Stabilised) Mixed Finite Element Methods on Highly Stretched Meshes, Andreas Wachtel, University of Strathclyde, UK


Other activities that will enhance the meeting for students include a special orientation prior to Friday’s welcome reception, a career panel and full day career fair featuring non-academic employers on Saturday, professional development sessions and reception Saturday evening, a student lounge, sessions on Undergraduate Research on Monday, poster blitz and posters sessions on Monday and Tuesday, and a session for students with selected conference invited speakers on Tuesday. For more information on Student Days, go to

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UMBC chapter participates in Maryland Howard County Math Festival

On Tuesday November 18, the second annual Howard County Math Festival was held at Centennial High School in Maryland.  Members of the SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC (Samuel Khuvis, Jonathan Graf and Sarah Swatski) volunteered to have a table at the event to demonstrate the real-world applications of mathematics.  We also were able to promote mathematics by sharing our experiences as young mathematicians in a Math Related Majors for College Students session. Read the rest of this entry »

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University of Manchester SIAM chapter participates in PostGraduate Open Day

Sophia Coban and Chris Mower of the University of Manchester SIAM Student Chapter write about their chapter’s involvement in PostGraduate Open Day at the university:

 The PostGraduate Open Day is an event held in the School of Mathematics once a year for the prospective students to meet the current postgraduates, and get a feel of studying or researching at The University of Manchester. This meant an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves and our community to the prospective students — not just for the Manchester Chapter, but for SIAM in general!

The Chapter was represented by Chris Mower (Vice President), Mario Berljafa (Treasurer) and Zehui Jin (Secretary) at the open day on the 22nd of October. We had a great day talking to prospective students and current PhD researchers at the University. It was pleasing to hear that many of the current MSc students at the University had already signed up to SIAM and the Chapter!

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