This post was provided by Andy Koswara, Treasurer of the SIAM student chapter at Purdue.
At Purdue’s Chapter of SIAM, during the last academic term, we held a student seminar for graduate and undergraduate students interested in presenting their work in a less formal, audience-friendly environment. There was a significant interest in our first event with more than 6 potential presenters responding. On the day of the event, two students were able to present at the allotted time; the first was an undergraduate from the computer science department and the second was from civil engineering. The presentations had elements of computational science making it conducive for attending SIAM members to relate to and join in the discussion. Refreshments, including coffee, tea and cookies were provided. We anticipate more participants for the event this year the next of which is planned to be held sometime after August.