Sixteenth Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

October 30, 2021
virtual conference in ZOOM

Fifteen times in the past, 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, we will have a virtual conference!

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There will be no registration fee. Stay tuned for schedule information - coming soon! Until then, please register and submit an abstract for your talk!

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Plenary Speaker

Our plenary speaker is Dr. Shanise Walker, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


The Game of Cycles


The Game of Cycles was introduced by Francis Su in his book titled Mathematics for Human Flourishing (2020). The game is played on a simple connected planar graph together with its bounded cells, and players take turns marking edges with arrows according to a sink-source rule. The object of the game is to produce a cycle cell, which is a cell surrounded by arrows all cycling in one direction, or to make the last possible move. In this talk, we explore the two-player game for various classes of graphs and determine who has a winning strategy.


Dr. Shanise Walker is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She received her Ph.D. from Iowa State University. Her research interests lie in extremal combinatorics and graph theory. She has studied various combinatorics and graph theory problems. She has supervised several undergraduate research projects. Dr. Walker is active in service to the mathematical profession related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Saturday, October 30, 2021

Time Event
9:00 - 9:15 am Introduction and welcome
9:15 - 10:15 am Plenary address: Dr. Shanise Walker
10:30 am - 12:20 pm Student talks
12:30 - 1:30 pm Panels: REUs, graduate school, non-academic jobs

Schedule of Contributed Talks