Fifteenth Annual
Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

October 25-26, 2019
University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler, TX

For the past fourteen 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, the University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, TX will host this exciting conference!

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Main Speakers

Our main speakers are Dr. Allen Butler, President and CEO of Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. and Dr. Jo Ellis-Monaghan, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Saint Michael’s College.


Dr. Allen Butler holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Texas Tech University and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1987). He has been employed at Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. since 1987 and has served as President since 2008. Throughout his career, Dr. Butler has served as the principal investigator for Department of Defense R&D projects involving a variety of mathematical disciplines as applied to areas such as tracking, track correlation, data fusion, and search optimization. He has been involved in the development and implementation of optimal search techniques for a number of projects, including a research effort whose goal was the interdiction of narcotics smugglers in the Caribbean. Dr. Butler is an internationally recognized expert in data fusion and occasionally instructs three or four-day seminars on Multi-Sensor Data Fusion and Applied Kalman Filtering offered both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America (Chair of BIG SIGMAA), Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (Vice President of Practice on INFORMS Board), IEEE, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM Visiting Lecturer), and a number of industry specific professional organizations.

Dr. Jo Ellis-Monaghan has an undergraduate degree in Studio Art and Mathematics from Bennington College, a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Vermont, and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Saint Michael's College, where she led the establishment of a new interdisciplinary Data Science Program. Currently on sabbatical, she is the Shelly Visiting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University for Fall 2019, with a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Charles University in Prague for Spring 2020. She works in the areas of algebraic combinatorics, especially graph polynomials; applied graph theory in DNA self-assembly, statistical mechanics, computer chip design, and bioinformatics; and undergraduate mathematics pedagogy. Her work explores the dark spaces between disciplines, leveraging connections and ideas than can take a field in new and unexpected directions. She is also interested in the dynamics between society and mathematics, especially how the demands of a culture can drive mathematics in particular directions, and conversely, how mathematical advances enable the development of new social structures. She is an editor of Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincare D: Combinatorics, Physics, and their Interactions, and has been Editor-in Chief of the journal PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies since 2011 (jointly with Matt Boelkins since 2015).


All talks will take place in the Soules College of Business (COB).

Friday, October 25, 2019

Time Event Location (click for map)
6:00 - 7:00 PM Registration COB Atrium
6:30 - 8:00 PM Student Games (food provided) COB 2nd Floor

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Time Event (click for details and abstracts) Location (click for map)
7:30 - 8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast COB Atrium
8:30 - 9:45 AM Welcome and Invited Address COB 180 - Assembly Hall
10:00 - 11:35 AM Student Presentations COB Rooms 203, 207, 211, 212, 214
11:40 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout Session I COB Rooms 203, 212, 214
12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch UCN Cafeteria
1:00 - 1:30 PM Graduate School Fair COB Atrium
1:30 - 2:30 PM Keynote Address COB 180 - Assembly Hall
2:40 - 3:15 PM Breakout Session II COB Rooms 203, 212, 214
3:20 - 4:55 PM Student Presentations COB Rooms 203, 207, 211, 212, 214

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!

  • COB Room 203
  • Tips for Academic Success - Dr. Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin, Dr. Betseygail Rand, Dr. Alison Marr
  • COB Room 212
  • Applying to Graduate School - Dr. Ken Richardson, Dr. Scott LaLonde, Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry
  • COB Room 214
  • Jobs Outside of Academia - Dr. Allen Butler, Dr. Matt Beauregard, Dr. Robert Koslover

Hotels and Registration

Registration and abstract submission are now open. Register here. If you would like to give a talk at the conference, submit an abstract here.

The initial registration deadline is October 1, 2019. Students who register before this deadline will be provided rooms by the conference. Students who register after October 1 must make their own hotel arrangements. The deadline to submit an abstract is October 4.

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 will be staying at the Magnuson Grand Hotel and Conference Center on the night of October 25. Breakfast and WiFi are included at the hotel. Students will need to provide a credit card for incidentals at check-in.

Faculty may reserve rooms at the Magnuson Grand Hotel and Conference Center at a rate of $55 for the night of October 25; breakfast and WiFi are included at the hotel. Call the hotel at (903) 593-3600 to secure the conference rate.

Contact Information

Please contact Dr. David Milan with specific inquiries about the conference.