This conference offers undergraduate students doing research projects in the mathematical biosciences an opportunity to present their work on the national stage.
This student centered conference features:
• Recruitment fair for graduate studies
• Panels on jobs and graduate opportunities
• Keynotes from prominent Math Biologist
• Social event at the Columbus Zoo/Aquarium
Deadline for application: July 12, 2013
For more information and to apply, please visit www.mbi.osu.edu/eduprograms/upcapstone2013.html
SIAM Student Chapter certificates of recognition have been awarded to 73 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 »
After half a day spent squaring off with their peers on the best mathematical models for plastic accumulation and recycling in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge 2013, and winning their share of $115,000, the top six teams in this year’s contest had another prize waiting for them: a meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
During a tour of New York City Hall following the event, the mayor met with the finalists, their coaches and parents, as well as organizers from the M3 Challenge. He spoke to them about the importance of applied mathematics and STEM education and careers, as well as of New York City as an excellent place for young people to live and work. View the photos! Read the rest of this entry »
Minnesota team nabs $20K with math-based solution to recycling dilemma
New York, April 30, 2013 — Extraordinary problem-solving and creativity earned 29 high school students from Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania top honors—and top dollars—in the 2013 Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, a math modeling contest organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation.
The champion team of five twelfth-graders from Plymouth, Minnesota-based Wayzata High School will share $20,000 from a total scholarship pool of $115,000, along with well-deserved bragging rights, after being selected from thousands of participants for coming up with the best mathematical solutions to the country’s –and world’s—growing plastic pollution and recycling crisis. Read the rest of this entry »
Learn more about Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, the high-school math modeling contest organized by SIAM, the history and inspiration behind the Challenge, and how the contest fulfills a SIAM goal to raise awareness of and enthusiasm about applied mathematics and computational science.
Michelle Montgomery, Project Director of the M3 Challenge, spoke to Sol Lederman of Wild About Math about all that and more, including the philanthropic motivations of The Moody’s Foundation in partnering with SIAM to sponsor the contest, and their shared objective to increase the pipeline of engineers and computational scientists.
Kathleen Fowler, mathematics professor at Clarkson University who co-authored the 2013 problem with Quinnipiac University’s Karen Bliss, spoke about the process of problem development for the Challenge and how she was inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to focus this year’s problem on plastic pollution and recycling.
Listen to the complete podcast here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 »
The SIAM Student Chapter at Shippensberg is hosting its Fourth Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference on Applied Mathematics, April 12 - 13, 2013, in partnership with the SIAM Student Chapters at University of Delaware, George Mason University, Penn State University and University of Maryland – Baltimore County. The conference will feature guest speaker Suzanne Lenhart of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and NIMBioS; a career panel; poster and oral presentations; and presentations of COMAP Math Contest in Modeling Team Solutions. Abstract submissions are being accepted until March 28. Some funding is available for student presenters. For more information go to http://webspace.ship.edu/lamelara/siam4.html or contact Dr. Luis Melara, email@example.com.