Eighteenth Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

October 27-28, 2023
Stephen F. Austin State University

Seventeen times in the past, undergraduate students have gathered in Huntsville, Tyler, San Antonio, Beaumont, Austin, Nacogdoches and "the cloud" to talk about math, play games, and network with students and faculty from around the state of Texas. This year, we will return to Nacogdoches!

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Arriving and Parking

Registration opens at 5pm on Friday, October 27 and re-opens at 8:00am on Saturday, October 28 in the Cole STEM Building Atrium. Those who have not paid their registration fee may pay online with credit card in SFA uStores, or pay with check or cash at the registration desk. Receipts will be available at the registration desk.

Parking is available after 4 pm on Friday and all day Saturday in the lots behind the Cole STEM Building (see the map below). These lots can be accessed from North Street (US 59 Business) by (1) turning into campus on Griffith Drive, going right at the SFA traffic circle, and then left at the back side of the STEM building, or by (2) turning on East Starr and then into campus via Clark or Raguet streets. Overflow parking is available in the lot behind the Bush Mathematical Sciences Building, accessible via Wilson Drive; see the map for walking directions from overflow parking to the STEM Building. All conference events will be at the Cole STEM Building or the Baker Pattillo Student Center; both are indicated on the map below.

Free wireless internet is available on campus. Guests can connect using the SFA-GUEST network. For those of you from an eduroam campus, eduroam is also available at SFA.

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Invited Speakers

Our invited speakers are Dr. Lara Pudwell of Valparaiso University and Dr. Helen Grundman of Bryn Mawr College.

Dr. Lara Pudwell is a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Valparaiso University. She earned her undergraduate degrees (BS in mathematics, BA in computer science) from Valparaiso and her PhD in mathematics from Rutgers University. On her own campus, she has been recognized with the 2021-2022 Valparaiso University Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2022-2023 Valparaiso University Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work. On the national level, she has been recognized by the MAA with the 2014 Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching and the 2023 Trevor Evans Award for exceptional expository writing. She is a past Chair of the Indiana Section of the MAA and she has served for 12 years on the steering committee of the International Conference on Permutation Patterns. She is a coauthor of A Mathematician's Practical Guide to Mentoring Undergraduate Research (MAA Press, 2019) and spent a decade directing the Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians (VERUM) program. She is also the Executive Director of MathPath, a national residential summer camp for middle schoolers who love mathematics.

Dr. Helen G. Grundman is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College and a Visiting Scholar at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and held a CLE Moore Instructorship at MIT, a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at MSRI (SLMath), and a Science Fellowship at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College (Harvard). She served as a Program Director at the NSF and as the Director of Education and Diversity at the AMS. She is an Inaugural Fellow of the AWM and has won numerous national- and college-level awards for teaching and mentoring.

Professor Grundman has published over 50 research papers, spanning a wide range of topics, though most are in the area of her first love: number theory. Her teaching has ranged from courses for math-phobic undergraduates through graduate-level courses in algebra and mathematics pedagogy. She has supervised over 30 student research projects at levels ranging from sophomore undergraduate through Ph.D. She is now officially retired, which means that she spends most of her time doing math research (and playing board and card games).


Friday, October 27, 2023

Time Event Location
5:00 - 7:00 pm Registration and Welcome Cole STEM Building Atrium
6:00 - 8:00 pm Pizza and Games Cole STEM Building 401/402

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Time Event Location
8:00 - 8:45 am Registration Cole STEM Building Atrium
8:45 - 9:55 am Contributed Presentations Cole STEM Building 108, 111, 314, 318, 417
10:10 - 10:25 am Welcome Pattillo Student Center Theatre
10:25 - 11:25 am Keynote
Dr. Lara Pudwell
Pattillo Student Center Theatre
11:25 am - 12:40 pm Lunch Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom
12:40 - 1:30 pm Keynote
Dr. Helen Grundman
Pattillo Student Center Theatre
1:40 - 2:45 pm Panel Discussions Cole STEM Building 108, 314, 318
2:50 - 4:05 pm Contributed Presentations Cole STEM Building 108, 111, 314, 318, 417
4:10 - 4:15 pm Closing Remarks Cole STEM Building Atrium

Schedule of Talks

Click on the talk for its abstract. Panel Discussions have no abstracts.

Each panel session will run twice – once from 1:40-2:10pm and then from 2:15-2:45pm, so that participants can attend multiple panels. Additionally, representatives from several graduate programs will be available in STEM 103 throughout the panel times (and parts of the afternoon as well).

  • STEM 108
  • Graduate School
  • STEM 314
  • How to Excel in Junior and Senior Mathematics Courses
  • STEM 318
  • Research and Internship Opportunities

Registration and Hotels

Registration and Abstract Submission

Online registration and abstract submission are now closed.

Hotel Information

The conference hotels will be the Best Western, Comfort Suites, and Holiday Inn Express in Nacogdoches. Students will be grouped by institutions and a hotel list will be sent out about a week after registration closes. Faculty can make reservations at the group rates below (pending availability of rooms).

Best Western Inn of Nacogdoches
3428 South Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964-7240 United States
(936) 560-4900
Faculty rooms available for $117 plus taxes (call hotel for reservations).

Comfort Suites
3429 South Street, Nacogdoches, TX, 75964, United States
(936) 560-9900
Faculty rooms available for $117 plus taxes (make reservation here).

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nacogdoches
200 Holiday Lane, Nacogdoches, TX 75964 United States
(936) 564-0100
Faculty rooms available for $199 plus taxes (please email nactxgm@gmail.com to make reservation or call hotel and mention the Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference).