PPRUMC

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15th Annual Pikes Peak Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Saturday, February 24, 2018, University of Colorado Colorado Springs


The focus of this annual conference is to give undergraduate mathematics students an opportunity to present their research and expository projects in a professional setting. Students throughout the Pikes Peak region and beyond are strongly encouraged to present in the areas of mathematics, mathematics education and the history of mathematics. Presentation topics could include the results of classroom or independent study, as well as REU or other research projects. Both research and expository topics are welcome. Students who do not present are also encouraged to attend, and learn more about the mathematics profession, including graduate school and career opportunities. Based on recent attendance, we expect over a dozen student presenters and over one hundred attendees from Colorado, Wyoming and other neighboring states.

Program


8:30–9:15 Registration & Light Breakfast Dwire Atrium
9:15–9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks Dwire Auditorium
9:30–10:30 Keynote Address: Ethan J. Berkove, Lafayette College, PA Dwire Auditorium
10:45–12:05 Student Presentations in Parallel Sessions (15 minutes each, with 5 minutes between talks) Dwire 104, 114 & 201
12:05–1:30 Lunch—free for all registered participants (Vegetarian options available) Roaring Fork Dining Hall (Shuttle buses from Centennial will be available)
1:30–2:20 Panel Presentation: Beyond an Undergraduate Mathematics Degree Dwire Auditorium
2:20–3:50 Student Presentations in Parallel Sessions (15 minutes each, with 5 minutes between talks) Dwire 104, 114 & 201
4:00 Closing Remarks

Registration

To participate, please register by filling in the registration form. Registration is free but it is mandatory for all participants. For organizational reasons, the deadline to register is Wed, February 14 at 5pm. For student presenters, the deadline for abstract submission is Sun, Feb 18. Abstracts will have to submitted by email to bprinari@uccs.edu. Please make sure you indicate your affiliation and your faculty advisor in your abstract.

Schedule of Talks & Book of Abstracts


Schedule

Book of Abstracts

Keynote Address


Speaker: Ethan J. Berkove, Lafayette College, PA

Folding Mathematics into Origami
 
Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.  In the past 30 years investigations into folding properties have not only resulted in many stunning models, but also a surprising number of applications.  In this talk we will provide an introduction to some of the interactions between mathematics of origami.  We’ll describe what types of folds are mathematically possible, and how mathematical ideas have helped further origami.  We’ll also talk about a number of mathematical results inspired by origami.

 

Information for Registered Participants

Registration is free for all participants, and includes lunch on Saturday!

A pre-conference social event featuring free food and movie will take place Friday, Feb 23, in Clyde's restaurant (1st floor of University Center) 6pm-8pm. We will be screening the movie “Hidden Figures”, which portraits the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. This will also be a tribute to a friend and colleague, Dr Rudy Horne, from Morehouse College, who worked as a mathematical consultant for the movie, and who unexpectedly passed away during the Christmas break (http://www.morehouse.edu/newscenter/morehousecollegemournsthelossofdrrudyhorne.html). Please join us for an evening of conversation, movie, and food! You can register for the Friday pre-conference event by simply indicating it on the registration form.

Location and Parking Info


All events except for lunch will take place in Dwire Hall (see map). Registration will be in Dwire Atrium; please make sure you pick up your conference materials there before 9:15am. Lunch will take place at the Roaring Fork Dining Hall (see map). Shuttle buses will be available to take the participants from the bus stop by Centennial Hall (see map) to the Roaring Fork and back.

Parking on the UCCS campus is free on weekends (Saturday and Sunday, as well as Friday after 4pm) — no permit is required.

The most convenient lots are parking garage, and lots 3 and 4 on the south side of campus (see map).

Directions to the UCCS Campus


The UCCS campus is located just off I-25 in Colorado Springs. Below are general directions to the UCCS campus.

From the North – Take I-25 South to the Garden of the Gods Exit 146. Turn left to go under I-25 and follow Garden of the Gods Road. Garden of the Gods turns into Austin Bluffs Parkway (at the Nevada Avenue intersection). Continue up the hill and you will see the university on your left. The first UCCS entrance with the roundabout (first stoplight) accesses El Pomar Center and the Kraemer Family Library. The second entrance (second stoplight), UCCS Drive Meadow Lane, takes you to Cragmor Hall and Main Hall. Financial Aid, Student Success, Academic Advising, and Admissions and Records are located here.

From the South – Take I-25 North to the Garden of the Gods Exit 146. Follow Garden of the Gods east. Garden of the Gods turns into Austin Bluffs Parkway (at the Nevada Avenue intersection). Continue up the hill and you will see the university on your left. The first UCCS entrance with the roundabout (first stoplight) accesses El Pomar Center and the Kraemer Family Library. The second entrance (second stoplight), UCCS Drive Meadow Lane, takes you to Cragmor Hall and Main Hall. Financial Aid, Student Success, Academic Advising, and Admissions and Records are located here.

From Academy Boulevard – Academy Boulevard intersects with Austin Bluffs Parkway about 1 1/2 miles east of the campus. When driving west on Austin Bluffs from Academy Boulevard, the campus will be on the right.

Travel and Housing


Limited funding is available to reimburse participants for travel (mileage) and housing. Requests for reimbursement (including hotel receipts) will be collected at the conference. The amount that we can reimburse will depend on fund availability and on the number of requests we receive. Priority will be given to student presenters. Since we cannot guarantee full travel funding, we strongly recommend participants to seek funding from their home institution. Attendees from out of town are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. February tends to be a busy month in Colorado Springs, so if you are staying overnight please make your hotel reservations early!

Need more information? Talk with a mathematics faculty member at your school, or contact Dr. Barbara Prinari.

Sponsors


Support for PPRUMC 2018 from Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA, the UCCS Department of Mathematics, College of Letters, Arts & Science, Chancellor’s Office and the Office of the Chancellor for Student Success, the Provost's Office, as well as the Department of Mathematics and Physics at CSU-Pueblo is most gratefully acknowledged.

Door prizes for the conference will be generously provided by the UCCS Bookstore 

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