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SIAM Welcomes its Newest Student Chapters

SIAM Welcomes its Newest Student Chapters:

  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Ohio State University
  • RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon
  • University of Utah
  • Youngstown State University

 For information on forming a chapter at your school, go to www.siam.org/students/chapters/start.php

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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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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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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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View photos from Moody’s Mega Math Challenge 2014

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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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North Carolina Team Places First in M3 Challenge

Winning math model earns Durham students $20,000 in scholarships

NEW YORK, April 29, 2014— Students from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics tasted victory – and a healthier school lunch – on Monday, when the team of five high school seniors earned the top prize at the ninth annual Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge. The winning team prevailed over nearly 1,200 competing high schools and received $20,000 in scholarships for presenting the best answer to the question: Can school lunches be nutritious, affordable, and delicious?

“The kids did a tremendous job pulling together a lot of different ideas from a lot of different areas of mathematics and worked together as a team really well this year,” said Daniel Teague, math teacher and coach of the champion team. “We’ve had a number of teams do well in past Challenges, and we are excited to see many continue to study math—some even intern with Moody’s. This experience has been a very positive one and has encouraged the students’ interest in the field.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The world, through a mathematical lens

Free Math Modeling handbook published by SIAM

Free Math Modeling handbook published by SIAM

Math modeling handbook now available

Philadelphia, PA—Math comes in handy for answering questions about a variety of topics, from calculating the cost-effectiveness of fuel sources and determining the best regions to build high-speed rail to predicting the spread of disease and assessing roller coasters on the basis of their “thrill” factor. How does math do all that?

That is the topic of a free handbook published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) this month: “Math Modeling: Getting Started and Getting Solutions.”

Finding a solution to any of the aforementioned problems—or the multitude of other unanswered questions in the real world—will likely involve the creation, application, and refinement of a mathematical model. A math model is a mathematical representation of a real-world situation intended to gain a qualitative or quantitative understanding in order to predict future behavior. Such predictions allow us to come up with novel findings, enable scientific advances, and make informed decisions.

The handbook provides instructions and a process for building mathematical models using a variety of examples to answer wide-ranging questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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