Haley Yaple, Secretary of Northwestern University SIAM Student Chapter gives us a recap of the first annual Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference:
The end of April marked an exciting milestone for SIAM student chapters in the Chicagoland: the first event inviting all applied math students in the area to come together, have some fun, and learn about what’s going on locally in applied mathematics. April 27-28 was the first annual Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference, and it was a great success (see our earlier post about planning this event). Featuring three plenary speakers at the top of their fields, talks from graduate students working in a variety of areas, a poster session, and career panel, there was a little something for everyone. Several dozen students from six local universities participated in the weekend’s activities, which included time for students to get to know one another. In addition to learning about current research and getting career advice, students had the chance to form lasting connections with their peers.
The conference planning committee, from SIAM student chapters at Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University are already at work planning next year’s conference, to be held next Spring at Northwestern University. We hope to learn from the work we did this year to make it an even bigger and better event!