Math conference to highlight student research

Math conference to highlight student research

Students discuss their research during a poster session at the 2014 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics.
Students discuss their research during a poster session at the 2014 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics.

Nearly 300 students from 34 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will present research during the 17th annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, Jan. 23-25.

The conference is one of the largest and oldest of its kind in the country. It will offer outstanding undergraduate women mathematicians at all stages of their careers opportunities to discuss their research and to meet other women who share their interest in mathematical sciences.

UNL faculty and staff can attend conference research presentations at no charge. Events are held on City Campus and at Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P St. A complete schedule of student research presentations is available by clicking here.

The plenary speakers are Maria Klawe and Karen E. Smith. Their lectures are open to the public.

Klawe will discuss "Twists and Turns in my Life” after the conference opens at 3:40 p.m., Jan. 23, in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. Klawe is president of Harvey Mudd College.

Smith's presentation, "A Personal Journey Toward Mathematics," is 3:10 to 4:05 p.m., Jan. 24 in the Embassy Suites Regency Ballroom. Smith is Keeler Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan.

The conference also includes two poster sessions featuring the research of students. The sessions are 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 24, and 9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 25 in the Embassy Suites Regents Ballroom A.

Conference participants will have an opportunity to learn about life in graduate school from the perspective of current women graduate students representing math departments from across the country. Panel discussions will be held featuring representatives from government and private companies who will talk about their careers and how conference participants can put their advanced math skills to use in a variety of careers.

For more information about the conference, go to http://www.math.unl.edu/~ncuwm/17thAnnual.

The conference is sponsored by UNL and its Department of Mathematics and Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education; the National Science Foundation; and the National Security Agency.