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New SIAM Student Chapter: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

EPFL Chapter Inaugural workshop.

The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne student chapter of SIAM has made their mark, becoming the first student chapter of SIAM located in Switzerland and one of eight chapters located in Central Europe. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is a research university, ranked 15th in the world according to Leiden rankings. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne specializes in physical sciences and engineering, offering bachelor, masters, and PhD programs. Read the rest of this entry »

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George Mason Student Chapter Hosts Math Competition


The George Mason University SIAM Chapter and the Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted the 2016 Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS competitions on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The regional competition combines the Fairfax, George Washington and Northern VA Chapters and brought over 400 sixth through eighth grade students from 48 elementary and middle schools that competed at the events. Read the rest of this entry »

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Second Annual SIAM Chapter Conference at NUI Galway

Plenary speakers Dr Dana Mackey & Prof. James Gleeson

The NUI Galway Student Chapter of SIAM held their second annual conference on 3 December 2015. This one-day conference brought together research students from universities throughout Ireland and further afield. Local participants were joined by researchers from the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Trinity College Dublin, while the presence of attendees from UNINA (Naples), Politecnico di Torino (Turin) and Zhejiang University (China) lent an international atmosphere to the day.

The plenary speakers on the day were Prof. James Gleeson (MACSI, UL), who spoke about information contagion on social networks, and Dr Dana Mackey (DIT) who spoke about her work on immunosensors and the dynamics of interdisciplinary collaborations. They were joined by seven student speakers, with topics including differential privacy, drug delivery, infectious disease modelling, solar collectors, geophysical waves, steel casting, and phase and precession evolution in the Burgers equation. At the conclusion of proceedings, Gary O’Keeffe of the University of Limerick was awarded the prize for best student speaker. The event was generously supported by SIAM, MACSI at the University of Limerick, the Stokes Cluster for Applied Mathematics and the Mathematics Society at NUI Galway.

Learn more about SIAM student chapters.

Paul Greaney, Secretary/Treasurer, NUI Galway SIAM Student Chapter

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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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