Fourteenth Annual
Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

November 2-3, 2018
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX

For the past thirteen years, undergraduate students have gathered in Huntsville, Tyler, San Antonio, and Beaumont to talk about math, play games, and network with students and faculty from around the state of Texas. This year, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX will host this exciting conference!

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Main Speakers

Our main speakers are Talitha Washington of Howard University and Matt Hoffman of Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dr. Talitha Washington is a mathematician and professor at Howard University. After completing her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Spelman College, she went on to earn a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She enjoys applying mathematics to understand and solve real-world problems, as well as the development of nonstandard finite difference schemes to numerically solve dynamical systems. Learn more about her at www.talithawashington.com.

Dr. Matthew Hoffman is an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology and the Director of RIT's Master of Science program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing from the University of Maryland and was a postdoc in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hoffman's research involves the integration of data with mathematical models in wide-ranging applications including forecasting the flow of the Chesapeake Bay, tracking vehicles through complex urban environments, understanding cardiac arrhythmias, and modeling plastic in the Great Lakes.


Friday, November 2, 2018

TimeEvent Location (click for map)
6:00 - 7:00 PM Registration STEM Building Atrium
6:30 - 8:00 PM Student Games (food provided) STEM Building 4th Floor

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Time Event (click for details and abstracts) Location (click for map)
7:30 - 8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast STEM Building Atrium
8:30 - 9:45 AM Welcome and Invited Address Kennedy Auditorium
10:00 - 11:35 AM Student Presentations STEM Building Rooms 108, 111
STEM Building Rooms 314, 316, 318
11:40 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout Session I STEM Building Rooms 108, 111
STEM Building Room 314
12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch STEM Building 1st Floor
1:30 - 2:30 PM Keynote Address Kennedy Auditorium
2:40 - 3:15 PM Breakout Session II STEM Building Rooms 108, 111
STEM Building Room 314
3:20 - 4:55 PM Student Presentations STEM Building Rooms 108, 111
STEM Building Rooms 314, 316, 318

Other Events

Graduate School Fair Saturday, 10am-3pm STEM Building 102
Art Exhibit Saturday, 7:30am-4:55pm STEM Building 201
Texas Project NExT Saturday, various times STEM Building 401/402

Schedule of Talks

Click on the talk for its abstract. Breakout Sessions have no abstracts.

Each breakout session will run twice – once from 11:40am-12:15pm and then from 2:40-3:15pm, so that each TUMC participant can attend two breakouts!

  • STEM Building 108
  • Applying to Graduate School
  • STEM Building 111
  • Summer Opportunities
  • STEM Building 314
  • Jobs Outside of Academia


Events will be held in the Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building on the Stephen F. Austin State Unviersity campus, with the main talks in Kennedy Auditorium.


It is recommended to enter campus from Starr Ave. from North Street/Business US 59, turning left onto Raguet Street, and then parking in lots 28 or 15 near the STEM Building. Additional parking can be found in Lot 14 behind the Math Building (building 49 on the map); this lot is accessed via Wilson Drive. There is also paid visitor parking at the Student Center Parking Garage (lot 75).

STEM Building Maps

Hotels and Registration

Registration and abstract submission are now closed.

The initial registration deadline was October 9, 2018. Conference-funded hotel accomodations for students are now full.

Grant funding covers registration for students. Registration fees for faculty are $35, which can be mailed ahead of time (see instructions in the registration form) or paid by cash or check upon arrival.

Students who register by October 9 will be provided rooms by the conference. Any students who register after October 9 must now make their own hotel arrangements in coordination with any organized arrangments with your institution. Students will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nacogdoches and the Best Western Inn of Nacogodches on the night of November 2. Breakfast and WiFi are included at the hotel. Students will need to provide a credit card for incidentals at check-in but the conference will pay for student hotel room rate for students who register by October 9.

Faculty may reserve rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nacogdoches using the Group Code SFF to get a rate of $95 for the night of November 2; breakfast and WiFi are included at the hotel. We also have a block of rooms for faculty at The Fredonia Hotel, and reservations can be made using this link. Texas Section NExT social events are likely to be at the Fredonia Hotel. Faculty rooms at the Fredonia are $129 and breakfast is not included. With some students being housed at Best Western Inn of Nacogodches, some faculty may wish to reserve a room there; there is no block room rate for this hotel option.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. Nick Long with specific inquiries about the conference.