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Smith College’s annual student mathematics conference:

September 21, 2013



Trachette Jackson, University of Michigan

Susan Loepp, Williams College

plus numerous talks by undergraduates and graduate students, all at a level to be enjoyed by undergraduates.

Everything is free, including lunch.


A schedule with increasing detail is posted at



You can register at (and if you like, register a talk at)


But if you would like to give a short talk, we need a title and abstract by Tuesday, 9/10.


Jim Henle

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Smith College

We want to draw your attention to a special opportunity for Wesleyan students interested in Math Education.  Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center/PIMMS (Project to Increase Mastery of Math and Science) is co-sponsoring a two-day workshop on the new Common Core Standards for Math education.  Six spots at the workshop have been specifically reserved for Wesleyan students to attend free of charge (usually $110). 

Any interested students should contact Sara MacSorely at Green Street.  Her email is smacsorely@wesleyan.edu.


Undergrad Math Club Meeting: Thursday, September 26 at noon in the Woodhead Lounge.

From Platonic solids in a geometry to graphs of surfaces in Calc 3 to knots and Klein bottles in topology, being able to visualize the sometimes complicated geometric objects which appear throughout mathematics is key to understanding and working with them. And these objects are not only important to geometers and topologists. Geometric models and intuition help us understand topics in analysis and algebra as well.

3D printing provides a new and very versatile way to produce models of various geometrical objects (at least the ones that can be modeled in 3-dimensional space!). In this talk we will announce a project you can be involved in to conceive, design, and print 3D models of mathematical objects.  Participants in the project will learn about these objects, about the 3D printing process itself, and will learn to design objects which we will print on Wesleyan’s new 3D printers.

Students of all levels are welcome to join the project!  We’ll show you some possible objects to design, at least one printed example, and we’ll tell you about the how the project will run and what joining entails.

Lunch will be served!

The next Discrete Mathematics Day of the Northeast will be held at Wesleyan on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the first talk at 10:00 a.m. There will be five speakers: Laura Anderson, Binghamton University; Andrew Beveridge, Macalester College; Dan Cranston, Virginia Commonwealth University; Amanda Redlich, Bowdoin College; and Julianna Tymoczko, Smith College.

For more information, see the conference website: http://discretemathday.conference.wesleyan.edu

Graduate and undergraduate students in mathematics may be interested in an enriching opportunity for teaching mathematics to pre-collegiate students this summer. This is part of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Summer Program.

CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented students from across the country and around the world. They are seeking highly motivated and qualified individuals to work in the summer programs as instructors or teaching assistants for their mathematics courses. Complete information regarding this opportunity, as well as the application, can be found at http://cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer/.

Courses include Probability and Game Theory, Cryptology, Paradoxes and Infinities, Mathematical Modeling, and many more.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Wesleyan University will host a conference, on model-theoretic algebra, in honor of the retirement of Carol Wood, the Edward Burr Van Vleck Professor of Mathematics.  Starting the afternoon of Friday, May 31 and continuing through Saturday, June 1, the conference will feature lectures by John Baldwin, Zoe Chatzidakis, Angus Macintyre, David Marker, Charles Steinhorn, and Daniel Saracino.  Please go to http://www.cwoodconf.conference.wesleyan.edu to register!

The fifth annual Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Competition at CCSU will be held this Saturday, April 13, 2013. The test will be administered in two parts, each two hours long. There will be a one-hour break with a free pizza lunch in the middle. Students will have the opportunity to work on challenging and interesting problems, and perhaps win prizes for their performances.

If you are interested in attending the competition, please contact Chris Rasmussen (crasmussen@wes…) who will pass your information on to the organizers of the competition. For more information on the competition itself, please visit: http://www.math.ccsu.edu/hive/regional_competition/comp2013_invite.html.


Students may be interested in the following Math Club talk, tomorrow at noon.

Dan Cranston, Virginia Commonwealth University

Bertrand’s Postulate states: For every positive integer n, there is some prime number p with n < p \leq 2n. This result was conjectured in 1845 by Joseph Bertrand, who verified it for al n less than 3 million, and it was proved five years later by Chebyshev (nearly 50 years before the prime number theorem was proved). I'll present a beautiful proof of this result due to Paul Erdos.

*Undergraduate students: $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses*


*Areas of research: *Engineering, computer science, mathematics,

physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science,

emergency and incident management, social sciences


*Graduate students: $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses*


*Areas of research:* Nuclear engineering, physics, mathematics,

statistics, computer sciences, systems engineering, electrical

engineering, and material science


*10-week research experiences offered at:*


*National laboratories:* Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence

Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia,

Savannah River

*Other Research facilities:* Homeland Security Studies and Analysis

Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Coast

Guard Research and Development Center, Plum Island, and more!



U.S. citizenship required – Application deadline: January 15, 2013

The annual undergraduate William Lowell Putnam Exam will be held this Saturday, December 1st in 618 Exley. The problems are challenging! There are two sessions: the morning session 10-1 and the afternooon session 3-6. If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Collins (kcollins@wesleyan.edu).

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