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SIAM Student Chapter Update

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

Research student authors of the posters and their guest lecturers at the First Annual SIAM Chapter Day at Cardiff University, UK, January 21, 2013.

Research student authors of the posters and their guest lecturers at the First Annual SIAM Chapter Day at Cardiff University, UK, January 21, 2013.


Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA:

The Fourth Mid-Atlantic Student Conference will be held at Shippensburg University Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, 2013. The featured speaker will be Dr. Suzanne Lenhart from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville who will speak on “Exploring the Effects of Order of Events in Population Models with Discrete Time.”  The participating SIAM student chapters are from the following institutions: University of Pittsburgh, University of Delaware, The Pennsylvania State University, George Mason University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Shippensburg University. For more information, go to

University of Oxford, England, UK:

The 6h Annual Oxford University SIAM Student Chapter Conference took place on February 15  at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.  The conference brought together undergraduate and graduate students, young researchers, and faculty from a wide range of disciplines who share a common interest in industrial and applied mathematics. Participants had the opportunity to interact with one another, share their research/study interests, and make useful contacts from the academic community and industry. The day featured plenary sessions by Chris Budd (Bath) and Sam Howison (Oxford), student talks, and poster presentations. For more information, go to

University of California, Davis

The UC Davis Chapter will hosts its 6th Annual Davis SIAM Student Research Conference (DSSRC) in the spring of 2013, expanding its impact by inviting other SIAM student chapters in the region to participate. The conference will feature 2 plenary speakers and will offer graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research, network with others in their field, and be exposed to new topics. Information on the conference will be posted at

George Mason University, Fairfax Viginia

On February 2, the George Mason University student chapter of SIAM continued its tradition of engaging in math outreach activities by volunteering at the Northern Virginia MATHCOUNTS competition. Fourteen GMU SIAM members and friends volunteered as graders and proctors at one of the largest, regional middle school math competitions in the United States. Over 450 students participated in this competition at two different locations in Northern Virginia. This year marks the 4th year that GMU SIAM has volunteered at this event and the 30th anniversary of MATHCOUNTS. GMU SIAM’s faculty advisor, Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, serves on the Northern Virginia board of MATHCOUNTS and introduced this event to GMU SIAM when the student chapter was founded in 2008.



University of Texas Pan American,  Edinburg, Texas

The University of Texas Pan American chapter will assist the UTPA math department in  organizing the NSF/CBMS Regional Conference in the Mathematical Sciences “Solitons in Two-Dimensional Water Waves and Applications to Tsunami” May 20 – 24. The conference will feature a series of lectures by the principle speaker Yuji Kodama (Ohio State University), and a number of lectures by invited speakers. Travel support is available for students and young researchers. For more information, go to


Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

The Purdue University Chapter hosts The Computational Students Seminars Series which has included talks such as ’The probability that a random polynomial with integer coefficients has all real roots” by math and computer science major Lirong Yuan, and “‘Comparing Contemporary Atmospheric Dispersion Models in Evaluating Downwind Ionizing Concentrations in Cases of Accidental Release from a Hypothetical Nuclear Reactor” by civil engineering major M. Nacar.


Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Louisiana State University Chapter(LSU SIAM) and AWM Student Chapters hosted a career discussion with an LSU Mathematics Alumna, Pat Bodin in the fall of 2012.  Bodin graduated from LSU in 1972 with a degree in mathematics and has had a successful career in the oil and gas industry working for ExxonMobil for over 35 years. During that time, she held management positions in accounting, finance, and information technology until eventually being appointed to the role of Chief Information Officer for the corporation.

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana

The IUPUI chapter of SIAM organized a talk by Dr. Elsie Grace from Eli Lilly. Elsie has a background in both mathematics and biology. She currently works for Eli Lilly in the development of autoimmune therapeutic products. It will be a great opportunity to hear about application of mathematics in biology in the context of drug development, especially in the big pharmaceutical company like Eli Lilly.

Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona

The ASU chapter will volunteer at the ASU Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day in April.  The chapter will provide breakfast for the volunteers, mentor the students, develop and administer the test for the  math section.  Prizes will be awarded for those students with the highest scores.

Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference (April 28-29, 2013)

The Northwestern SIAM Chapter is collaborating with the Chapters from the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology to organize a conference in the Spring 2013. It will be held on Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th featuring presentations from three plenary speakers, a career panel, a student poster session and an array of graduate student and post-doctoral talks. This conference will give students in the Chicago area an opportunity to forge new professional relationships with colleagues. This will give students with limited travel allowances an opportunity to present their research to scientists in the area.

Happy Holiday Poster Presentation (Dec. 14, 2012)

Northwestern University SIAM Chapter organized student poster presentations with topics ranging from computational biology to machine learning to materials science given. Fifty students, post-docs and faculty attended. As a side event, attendees frosted cookies while mingling with their colleagues in a fun yet social setting. See photos of the event at


University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, Colorado

The 9th annual Front Range Applied Mathematics Student Conference (FRAMSC) will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013, on the Auraria Campus of the University of Colorado Denver. The conference is co-organized by several SIAM student chapters at Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder. Students will present talks about 20 minutes long, followed by 5 to 10 minutes for questions. The talks can be on any applied research topic or a project from a class. The goal for the conference is to give students an opportunity to practice public speaking in a friendly environment and receive feedback on their work. Participants will include students from the organizing chapters as well as the University of Wyoming and the Air Force Academy. The Keynote Presentation, Mathematics of Society and its Dysfunctions, will be by Professor Loren Cobb, University of Colorado Denver. For more information, go to

Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

In October 2012, the Heidelberg Chapter organized a public Halloween Lecture. Dr. Heiko Bauke from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, gave a talk on “Computational Relativistic Quantum Dynamics”.  In order to serve a special Halloween-style dinner after the lecture, we cooked pumpkin soup and pie for more than 40 participants. In March 2013, the chapter sponsored a bus trip to one of IBM’s global research labs in Zürich/Rüschlikon, Switzerland. The program included talks by IBM researchers and chapter members. More information and pictures on Heidelberg activities are  at


Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Charles University in Prague Chapter of SIAM holds a seminar every two weeks to bring together students from various fields of applied mathematics. Speakers are asked to present their research in a way that all the participants can understand.  Speakers get feedback from the audience and are offered suggestions for how to improve their presentations.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue University Chapter is organizing its fifth Computational Student Conference on April 5.The conference is expanding to a full day and will feature a presentation by SIAM Visiting Lecturer Kurt Bryan of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.   For more information, go to

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

The Virginia Tech Chapter has held a number of events to help students communicate their research more effectively. In November 2012, Reinhard Laubenbacher made a presentation on “Scientific posters: the good, the bad, and the ugly.” The chapter also held a poster design help session in January and hosted its 1st SIAM Research Symposium February 15 to allow graduate and undergraduates to practice presenting and communicating their research.


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