Tenth Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference


Where: Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

When: October 17-18, 2014

What: For the past nine years, undergraduate students have gathered in Huntsville, Tyler, San Antonio, and Nacogdoches to talk about math, play games, and network with students and faculty from around the state of Texas. This year, the TUMC returns to Nacogdoches!


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Registration and abstract submission are now closed.

Click here for the conference program, which includes the schedule of talks and abstracts.

For more information: Contact Dr. Nick Long if you have any questions.

Registration and Hotel Information

Students: Student registration costs are covered by the NSF. Additionally, student hotel reservations and costs are covered by the conference if selected on the registration form. The conference will arrange for rooms and inform you of your room assignments.

Non-Students (faculty, graduate students, etc.): If you are not a student, registration is $35. Please mail registration checks to the address below. Make checks payable to SFASU. Registration fees should be postmarked October 10, 2014 or earlier. This registration cost includes lunch on Saturday.

Dr. Nick Long
Box 13040 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3040

Hotels are not included for non-students, but a block of rooms have been reserved at the hotel below.  Please contact them directly to make your reservations and mention TUMC.

Quality Inn & Suites
3400 South Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75964

Invited Speaker and Panel Information

Keynote Speaker: Dr. TJ Hitchman, University of Northern Iowa

Title: Shorter, Rounder, or more Evenly Bent?

Abstract: Drop a rubber band on a table. Did you get a circle, or did you get a bunch of loops? How much like a circle is your shape? Can you find a way to measure how much your rubber band fails to be circular, and use this to "fix" it? We will discuss a family of questions like these, a process called Curve Shortening Flow, and explore how to make sense of things if we consider polygons instead of smooth loops.

Invited Speaker: Dr. Amy Finkbiner, Vencore

Title:  Mathematical Modeling in Healthcare

Abstract:  Mathematical epidemiology models the progress of infectious diseases using differential equations.  We discuss a basic model that can determine how quickly a disease will spread and whether it will die out over time.  We then investigate a real-world question regarding a common disease, rotavirus, for which a more complex model is necessary.  As time permits, we will also highlight mathematical applications to other types of healthcare problems.

Discussion Panel Members:

Dr. Theresa Martines, University of the Incarnate Word
Dr. Lynn Greenleaf, Stephen F. Austin State University
Dr. Matt Beauregard, Stephen F. Austin State University
Dr. Amy Finkbiner, Vencore

Conference Schedule:

Friday, October 17, 2014

6:00-7:30 PM Registration 1st Floor Lobby, Math Building
6:30-7:30 PM Problem Solving Puzzles 101 Math Building

Saturday, October 18, 2014

8:00-9:00 AM Registration/Breakfast 1st Floor Lobby, Math Building
9:00-9:55 AM Contributed Presentations 206, 208, 210, 212 Math Building
10:00-10:55 AM Panel Discussion: What Can I Do With a Math Degree? 101 Math Building
11:00-12:15 PM

Welcome and Keynote by TJ Hitchman -
"Shorter, Rounder, or more Evenly Bent"

101 Math Building
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch 2nd Floor, Math Building
1:30-3:05 PM Contributed Presentations 206, 208, 210 Math Building
3:15-4:15 Invited Address by Amy Finkbiner -
"Mathematical Modeling in Healthcare"
101 Math Building
4:15-4:30 Closing Remarks 101 Math Building

TX NExT: 123 Math Building

Funding for TUMC is provided by NSF grant DMS-0846477 through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program, www.maa.org/RUMC

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