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Updated program solicitation for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

From the NSF: 

An updated program solicitation for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is now available on the NSF site

Full Proposal Deadline Dates are as follows:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Nerd Nite Magdeburg

The Student Chapter of SIAM Magdeburg brought the event “Nerd Nite” to Magdeburg, Germany. The basic idea is a perfect mix of science, entertainment and fun—putting it all together in a cozy bar. Three speakers present in about 15 minutes each a topic
of their choice. The presentations are intended to be fun, yet informative and can go across all disciplines. There are no limits to the speaker’s creativity. Participants are encouraged to ask questions.

The event started in Boston in 2003 and the motto is “It’s like the Discovery Channel—with beer!”. It is now represented in more than 70 cities around the world, and since 2014 also in Magdeburg.Nerd_Nite_Magdeburg0

The Student Chapter of SIAM Magdeburg held the 3rd Nerd Nite on the 26th of May, 2015. Dr. Alexander Pastukhov, research associate at the Department of General Psychology and Methodology, Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg, explored the topic “Seeing as guessing. Why does our visual system ‘feel lucky’?”. He discussed what neuroscience and art can tell us about this, and why we need parallel computing. Patrick Kurschner, research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, showed what we can do with antigravity. He presented dubious ways to build UFOs and hoverboards. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Eichfelder, Chair in Business Taxation, Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, illustrates why the German tax declaration does not fi t on a beer coaster by speaking about tax laws versus tax “insanities”.

The 3rd Nerd Nite inspired a large audience. About 100 people enjoyed the event, which
took place between 8 and 11 pm. More information can be found at http://magdeburg.

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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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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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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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21st Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling Workshop


The 21st Industrial Mathematical & Statistical Modeling (IMSM) Workshop for Graduate Students will take place at North Carolina State University, 13-22 July 2015.  The workshop is sponsored by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Science Institute (SAMSI) together with the Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC) and the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University.

The IMSM workshop exposes graduate students in mathematics, engineering, and statistics to exciting real-world problems from industry and government. The workshop provides students with experience in a research team environment and exposure to possible career opportunities. On the first day, a Software Carpentry boot camp  will bring students up-to-date on their programming skills in Python/Matlab and R, and introduce them to version control systems and software repositories. 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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SIAM Welcomes its newest student chapters

The number of SIAM chapters continues to grow. Welcome to our newest chapters:

Michigan Technical University

Saint Mary’s College of Maryland

University of Akron

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Hamburg, Germany

University of Kentucky

University of Pretoria, South Africa Read the rest of this entry »

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