Your Chance to Participate

Do you have a student who is ready to give their first mathematical presentation?

Invite them to present a Poster in the Student Poster Session or a Talk in the Contributed Paper Session!

Deadline for student submissions is Tues March 26 at 12 noon.


Register online by paying with a credit card (deadline Monday, April 1st at 5:00pm Tuesday April 2 at 2pm).

Students applying to present a poster or talk register by submitting their application by Thurs March 21th at 12 noon (More info)

Spring 2019 SoCal-Nev Section Meeting

California State University, Channel Islands
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:00am - 4:45pm (tentative)
(Directions and Map)

Tentative Schedule

  • 8:30-12noon Registration
    del Norte Hall Auditorium foyer
  • 8:30-10:00 Poster Presenter check-in
    del Norte Hall Auditorium foyer
  • 9:20-9:30 Welcome Remarks
    del Norte Hall Auditorium, Room 1500
  • 9:30-10:30 Invited Address by Selenne Bañuelos , CSU Channel Islands
    Insights into biological systems through mathematical modeling
    del Norte Hall Auditorium, Room 1500
  • 10:30-10:45 Section Business Meeting
    Presentation of Section Distinguished Teaching Award
    del Norte Hall Auditorium, Room 1500
  • 10:45-11:45 Student Poster Session
    View the Call for Posters and apply on-line
    Organized by Ryan DeMoss, California Lutheran University and Mary Legner, Univ of Laverne.
  • 11:50-12:50 Invited Address by Jennifer Switkes , Cal Poly Pomona
    SoCal-Nevada Section and Haimo teaching award winner
    This Mathematical Life
    del Norte Hall Auditorium, Room 1500
  • 1:00-2:00 Lunch
    Islands Cafe
  • 2:10-3:10 Invited Address by Henry Segerman, Oklahoma State University
    Artistic mathematics: truth and beauty
    del Norte Hall Auditorium, Room 1500
  • 3:10-3:15 Closing Remarks and Poster Awards
  • 3:30-closing Section NExT Workshop
    Workshop leader: Selenne Bañuelos , CSU Channel Islands
    Building Community in the Classroom: First Day Activities
    del Norte Hall Auditorium, Room 1500
    Organized by Emily Cilli-Turner, University of Laverne
  • 3:20-4:30 SoCal-Nevada Section Board Meeting

Directions and Maps

Interactive Campus Maps and Driving Directions can be found on the CSUCI Campus Maps page .

Parking lot A2 has been reserved for our conference, and parking will be free there for the first 100 cars.

Other lots on campus will require daily permits. Daily permits may be purchased for $6 from the permit dispensers located in Lots A1, A3, A4 or the lobby of the Transportation and Parking Services and are valid only on the date of purchase. The dispensers will accept MasterCard, Visa, coins, and $1, $5, and $10 bills and give change in one (1) dollar coins.

Registration Fees

Pre-Registration (deadline April 1, 5pm)
MAA Member

Student poster presenter (2 free registrations per poster included as part of the poster application process)


Lunch will be cafeteria style in the Islands Cafe.

Lunch: MAA Member, Non-member, or Student
add $10
Lunch: Student presenter (max of two free lunches per presentation)

On-site registration will be available for the meeting, but will be $5 more than the pre-registration charge. On-site registration accepts cash or check.

Register on-line

Click here to register on-line and pay by credit card (deadline for online pre-registration is Monday April 1st by 5:00pm Tuesday April 2 by 2:00pm).

Students who have been accepted to present a poster do not need to register here as their poster application serves as their registration (max of two free student registrations per poster, additional student poster presenters above 2 do need to pre-register here).

Questions about registration

Questions about registration can be directed to Karrolyne Fogel, kfogel at

Selenne Bañuelos

CSU Channel Islands
Selenne Bañuelos

Selenne Bañuelos is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at California State University Channel Islands. She is a 2014 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Fellow and a 2015 MAA Project NExT Fellow. Dr. Bañuelos is also the campus lead for CSUCI’s STEM-Service Courses Initiative - a regional, multi-year, faculty development program to examine and reconstruct the mathematics courses serving all the STEM fields to focus on faculty cultural competence and use of inclusive pedagogy.
Her research interests lie in the fields of differential and difference equations and dynamical systems, and their applications to mathematical biology. Her projects have been in multi-patch migration models, epidemiology, and the dynamics of sleep. She has received grants from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics and the Preparing Undergraduates through Mentoring towards PhD’s (PUMP) program to carry out research with undergraduate students.
Dr. Bañuelos is committed to increasing the access to higher education in STEM fields for women and historically underrepresented minorities. She is a co-advisor for the SACNAS at CI student chapter, and a mentor for the national Math Alliance and the CSU Alliance PUMP program. She was born to Mexican immigrants and raised in Boyle Heights, east of downtown Los Angeles.

Insights into biological systems through mathematical modeling

Nonlinear dynamics has helped us understand the complex behavior of many biological systems. Combined with tools from dynamical systems and computer science, it has aided us in gaining insights in the areas of neuroscience, epidemiology, and population dynamics. This talk will present collaborative work with biologists and mathematicians in different sub-disciplines. I will present a continuous and deterministic mathematical model on the effects of temperature on human sleep patterns and a model on the spread of ZIKAV. I will also highlight interdisciplinary research projects that students have undertaken.

Henry Segerman

Oklahoma State University
Henry Segerman
Henry Segerman received his masters in mathematics from the University
of Oxford, and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Stanford University. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. His research interests are in three-dimensional geometry and topology, and in mathematical art and visualization. In visualization, he works mostly in the medium of 3D printing, with other interests in spherical video, virtual, and augmented reality. He is the author of the book "Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing”.

Artistic mathematics: truth and beauty

I'll talk about my work in mathematical visualization: making accurate, effective, and beautiful pictures, models, and experiences of mathematical concepts. I'll discuss what it is that makes a visualization compelling, and show many examples in the medium of 3D printing, as well as some explorations in virtual reality and
spherical video.

Jennifer Switkes

Cal Poly Pomona
Jennifer Switkes

Jenny Switkes is a Professor of Mathematics at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  She grew up in Northern California before attending Harvey Mudd College and Claremont Graduate University.  After teaching for a short time at Citrus College and the University of Redlands, Prof. Switkes joined in 2001 the tenure-track faculty at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  Her primary mathematical interests are in mathematical modeling and operations research.

Prof. Switkes loves teaching, mentoring, and providing research experiences, especially for first-generation and underrepresented college students.  In addition, she has volunteered with Prison Education Project, teaching mathematics and facilitating STEM faculty seminars at a local prison.  She also is passionate about Uganda, where she spent a sabbatical teaching university mathematics, taught at a prison in Kampala, and did other volunteer work.

She just won the 2019 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award of the MAA, as well as the 2018 Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award of our section. 

This Mathematical Life

The life of a mathematician comes with unexpected joys, discoveries, adventures, and opportunities for impact.  In the first half of my talk, I will share a mathematical journey involving a probability model for perceived highway speed.  This collaborative research project has spanned eighteen years because, in sharing this model with students, my colleagues and I have continued to discover surprising new things.  The mathematics of this model is accessible to undergraduates who have taken a calculus-based probability course.  In the second half of my talk, I will share about the experience of living in Uganda, East Africa, for a semester while teaching in the mathematics department at Makerere University, and visiting an elementary school in a rural village in Uganda.  I also will share the experience of teaching enrichment courses for prison inmates in both Uganda and the United States, and bringing colleagues to share their love of STEM with prison inmates here in California.  Where will your mathematical life take you?

Section NExT Workshop

Title: Building Community in the Classroom: First Day Activities
Workshop Speaker: Selenne Bañuelos, CSU Channel Islands
Description: Have you tried to implement group work or other active-learning strategies in class and felt that it didn’t go as well as you had hoped? Did you focus on building community among your students early in the semester? Often, we feel that the material or content will be engaging enough for the students to want to work together. However, research has shown that it is important to build a sense of community in class early in the semester and sustain that community throughout the semester with rich tasks, group work, and other projects. In this session, we will give examples of first day activities to help your students feel comfortable working with each other.

Section NExT is a professional development group forcused on improving teaching, research and service to both their schools and the profession. Anyone with a career or career interest in academia is welcome to attend.  This workshop especially will be applicable to anyone who teaches, including graduate students and undergraduate TAs. 

Contact Emily Cilli-Turner (ecilli-turner at for more information about our Section NExT.

Student Poster Session and Student Contributed Paper Session

Students (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to submit short proposals for the Poster Session of the Spring 2019 Section Meeting of the MAA, taking place on Saturday, April 6 at CSU Channel Islands.

Here are some ideas of what students can present:

  • Results of masters thesis, honors, senior, or independent study projects
  • Results of classroom projects or modeling contests
  • Results of REUs or other summer research programs
  • Historical investigations in pure or applied mathematics
  • Solutions of problems from the Putnam Exam or from the Monthly or other journals

Applications to present in either the poster session or in the contributed paper session are submitted online. Applications include submitting an abstract (max 150 words) and are be due by 12 noon on Tuesday March 26, 2019. Thursday March 21, 2019.

The application to submit a poster constitutes registration for the conference (up to two presenters per poster). Additional presenters beyond two should register for the meeting through the online or mail in regsitration.

The Student Resources page of the MAA website has useful articles about writing an abstract and giving presentations. Be sure to check it out for helpful tips!

Direct questions to Ryan DeMoss

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