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SIAM Annual Meeting: Experience of an AMAT Undergraduate

Barrett Leslie, Illinois Tech chapter representative for AN14

Barrett Leslie, Illinois Tech chapter representative for AN14

Hello, my name is Barrett Leslie, and I am in the final year of the Illinois Tech undergraduate AMAT program. I was chosen to be this year’s chapter representative for AN14, and I got to experience an activity-packed week, some of which I’d like to share with you.

The week started for me on Monday morning at the mini-symposium MS9 Student Days: Undergraduate Sessions, where I got to give my first ever talk at a conference. (You can find out more about my research here). The rest of the day was spent going to a variety of talks, learning the lay of the land, and meeting new people. That evening I attended a reception for the NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes, where I got to meet the directors of the various institutes. One director inquired what topic I would like to pursue in graduate school, then gave me personal advice as to what talks to attend (more about that later). Read the rest of this entry »
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Symposium by Delhi Technology University SIAM Student Chapter

Delhi Technology University’s SIAM Student Chapter organized EVOLUTE, a three day symposium, in April. The technical festival promoted, showcased, and rewarded technological developments taking place in a rapidly changing world, with the goal of inspiring young minds to think, discover and create.

The symposium featured an industrial conference on data analytics; a poster presentation competition on ‘mathematics: the language of science, technology, magic and mystery’; a paper presentation competition on ‘quantitative finance and applied mathematics’ as well as case studies and a quizzing event, with exciting cash prizes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Heidelberg Student Chapter holds “University Meets Industry — First hand experience”

The SIAM Student Chapter at University of Heidelberg held the SIAM symposium “University meets Industry – First hand experience” on May 15, 2014. The Symposium featured talks given by Dr. Josef R. Wuensch, Senior Vice President for Formulation, Mathematics, Modelling & Technology Incubation at BASF SE and Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Hans Georg Bock, managing director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR). Read the rest of this entry »

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Event at UMBC SIAM Chapter: How to Start a Business

On Wednesday,  May 7, 2014, the SIAM Student Chapter at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, hosted a “How to Start a Business” event.  We were fortunate to have two wonderful guest speakers.  Sue Plitt, Associate Director of the Career Services Center provided advice on making a good professional impression, which is essential to obtaining the support to start your own business.  Then Les Craig, co-founder of RedOwl Analytics, shared his experiences when starting his company and provided invaluable advice for future entrepreneurs.  He answered many student questions and was a fabulous guest speaker.  The event provided visibility to the SIAM Student Chapter as it was attended by students from many departments on campus and was a great success! Read the rest of this entry »

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Recipients named for eighth annual SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition

Chen-bo Zhu (right; head of NUS’s math department) presenting Jia Li with his Certificate of Recognition for service to the National University of Singapore chapter.

Chen-bo Zhu (right; head of NUS’s math department) presenting Jia Li with his Certificate of Recognition for service to the National University of Singapore chapter.

SIAM Student Chapter certificates of recognition have been awarded to 66 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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SIAM at USA Science & Engineering Festival

View photos of the SIAM booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival on April 26-27 in Washington, DC. Volunteers from SIAM student chapters at George Mason University and Shippensburg University staffed the booth.

 

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Pi Day Social at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

On Friday, March 14, 2014, University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s SIAM Student Chapter, Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Student Association, and Pi Mu Epsilon Chapter co-hosted a special Pi Day Social.  There was food, fun, and math-related games including “Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” Pi Day Edition, a pi reciting contest, Pi Day Sudoku, 24 Game, and a pie tasting contest.  Special emphasis was placed on giving the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to network and socialize in an informal, friendly, and light-hearted math environment.  The event had great turnout and was a fantastic success!

Pi Day at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Pi Day at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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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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