Undergraduate MATHFest

NAM's Undergraduate MATHFest is a three-day meeting, typically Friday through Sunday in the Fall, which rotates around the country based on NAM's regional structure. It is held annually to encourage students to pursue advanced degrees in mathematics and mathematics education. The conference is geared for undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), although all are welcome to attend.

The conference consists of five components:

  • Student Talks
    There will be ten talks given by undergraduate and graduate students which last 30-minutes each.
  • Poster Presentations
    Students have the opportunity to present posters outlining their research.
  • Graduate Fair
    Universities will have an opportunity to showcase their graduate programs and interact with undergraduate students in a two-hour fair.
  • Problem Time with Dr. Cooper
    Throughout the conference, students will be presented challenge problems. Students with correct solutions will be presented prizes.
  • The J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture
    This is an hour-long talk, given by an established researcher, to motivate our undergraduates to continue to pursue research in the mathematical sciences.

     

Which MathFest Came First?

NAM's Undergraduate MATHFest began in 1991, and it inspired other similar undergraduate-focused conferences over the years.

Past Undergraduate MATHFests

Jump to the archive of the events from years past:


MathFest XXVII: September 29 - October 1, 2017 at Medgar Evers College (Region A)

Download PDF of Poster here.

The 2017 Undergraduate MATHFest will be held Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1 at Medgar Evers College. Terrence Blackman, Dean of the School of Science, Health and Technology, is the local organizer.

Flight and Hotel Information

The official hotel is the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. We have a block of rooms reserved for $259/night. Reservations for the Event can be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott Passkey Reservations at (877) 303-0104. Reservations by attendees must be received by the Marriott on or before September 15, 2017, although you should contact Edray Goins (ehgoins@mac.com) before September 25, 2017 for last-minute openings.

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 246-7000
Starting at $259/night -- Make Reservations Online or Call (877) 303-0104
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycbk-new-york-marriott-at-the-brooklyn-bridge/

We recommend that participants fly into John F. Kennedy International Airport (JKF), although LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is also nearby. JFK is about 12 miles from the Marriott, while LaGuardia Airport is about 10 miles from the Marriott. Medgar Evers is about 3 miles from the Marriott. We will have free shuttles which will transport guests from the Marriott to Medgar Evers College.

Contributed Talks and Poster Session

We will have space for up to ten student speakers at the conference. Each talk should be 20 minutes long, allowing for 10 minutes of questions and answers. We will provide audio visual equipment, including a microphone, podium, projector, and computer. Students may speak in groups. Talks will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be a friendly competition for the most outstanding oral presentation.

We will also have space for students to present a poster Saturday evening. Students will be allowed to set-up their posters Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM, and the poster session will take place from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. At least one student must be at the poster at all times. We will provide an easel and tape to showcase the poster. The poster should be 3 ft. by 5 ft. (36 inches by 60 inches). There will be a friendly competition for the most outstanding poster presentation.

If you have any other special needs, please e-mail Edray Goins or Terrence Blackman.

Registration

Conference registration is tiered as follows:

  • Students (Undergraduate and Graduate): $50
  • Faculty and Staff: $100
  • Graduate Fair Exhibitors: $200

This cost includes one ticket to the Appreciation Dinner Saturday evening at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge; continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings; and box lunches Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We will assist in matching roommates to cut the cost of the hotel rooms to $130/night. Please register for the conference using EventBrite.

Conference Schedule

   

Friday, September 29

   
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
TBA
On-Site Registration

   
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
TBA
Greetings and Conference Orientation

   
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
TBA
Student Talk #1
TBA
   
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
TBA
Student Talk #2
TBA
   
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Beverage Break
   
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
TBA

J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture
Stephon Alexander (Brown University)
TBA
   

Saturday, September 30

   
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
[Hotel]
Shuttle Leaves [Hotel] for Medgar Evers

   
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
TBA
Continental Breakfast
Catered by TBA
   
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
TBA
On-Site Registration

   
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
TBA
Student Talk #3
TBA
   
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
TBA
Student Talk #4
TBA
   
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Beverage Break
   
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
TBA
Student Talk #5
TBA
   
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
TBA
Student Talk #6
TBA
   
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
TBA
Problem Time with Dr. Cooper

   
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
TBA
Lunch
Catered by TBA
   
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
TBA
Student Talk #7
TBA
   
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
TBA
Student Talk #8
TBA
   
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
TBA
Group Photo

   
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
TBA
Problem Time with Dr. Cooper

   
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Break / Fair and Poster Set-Up
   
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
TBA
Graduate Fair / Poster Session

   
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
TBA
Undergraduate MATHFest XXVII Appreciation Dinner
Catered by TBA
   

Sunday, October 1

   
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
[Hotel]
Shuttle Leaves [Hotel] for Medgar Evers

   
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
TBA
Continental Breakfast
Catered by TBA
   
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
TBA
Student Talk #9
TBA
   
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
TBA
Student Talk #10
TBA
   
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
TBA
Problem Time with Dr. Cooper

   
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
TBA
Beverage Break / Judges tally Scores

   
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
TBA
Awards Ceremony

   
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
TBA
Closing Remarks

   
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
TBA
Lunch
Catered by TBA

MathFest XXV: October 29-31, 2015 at Morgan State University (Region B)

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MathFest XXIII: November 8-9, 2013 at Texas State University (Region C)

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MATHFest XXI: November 3-5, 2011 at Dillard University (Region C)

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MATHFest XVI: November 9-11, 2006 at Howard University (Region B)

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Over one hundred mathematics enthusiasts gathered at Howard University to celebrate the joy of mathematics and to pass this joy on to the undergraduate majors representing over a dozen schools. The conference was held November 9-11, 2006. There were nineteen student presentations from schools including, Mississippi Valley State University, Savannah State University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Florida A&M University, Central State University, the University of Maryland, Howard University, and Morgan State University. Greetings were given by Dr. James Donaldson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University; Dr. Leon Woodson, Executive Secretary of NAM; President Nathaniel Dean; and Vice President Dawn Lott.

There were three invited addresses. Dr. Irene L. Moshesh, who had recently completed her doctoral program at Howard University, spoke on the topic, “Image Partition Regularity of Affine Transformations”. Dr. Leon Woodson spoke on “The Riordan Group”. Chase G. Adams, III, who has successfully defended his dissertation and should soon receive his Ph.D. from Howard University, spoke on the “Largeness of the set of finite sums of sequences in N”. Dr. Beverly Anderson, Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of the District of Columbia, of Howard University delivered the J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. Lecture. She spoke of the life and legacy of Professor James E. Joseph. Professor Joseph taught at Howard University and had a distinguish career at the frontier of mathematics in spite of having no Ph.D. He published over 44 papers on Topology and was the first invited speaker in NAM’s Claytor lecture series.

There were three panel discussions:

  1. “How to Successfully Negotiate Graduate Study in the Mathematical Sciences”;
  2. “How to Successfully Negotiate Graduate School, Graduate Student’s View”; and
  3. “Research and Professional Careers in the Mathematical Sciences”.

Dr. Duane Cooper of Morehouse College gave a heartfelt memorial to a mentor from his graduate school years, the late Dr. Leon Henkin, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, who passed on November 1, 2006.

Undergraduate students established new friends, and met graduate faculty and representatives from industries. Some of the graduate programs that were represented were Miami University, Oxford Ohio; Morgan State University; Howard University; Carnegie Mellon; Delaware State University; and the University of Maryland; North Carolina State University; and the State University of New York, Buffalo. Industry representation included the National Security Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Early nurturing through research and the exposure to role models and practitioners of research have led many people, especially those Americans who are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, to pursue graduate study leading to earning the doctorate degree and research careers. The National Association of Mathematicians believes it to be very important to hold an annual mathematics undergraduate research conference, to engage in concrete efforts on an annual basis in order to directly influence the number of underrepresented Americans who pursue graduate study, leading to a doctoral degree in mathematics; to get doctoral granting graduate institutions to make a commitment to provide a supportive environment to assist these students in succeeding; and to permit these perspective graduate students to interact with current graduate students studying mathematics.


MATHFest XV: November 10-12, 2005 at Texas Southern University (Region C)

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MATHFest XI: October 4-6, 2001 at Florida A&M (Region A)

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MATHFest IX: October 21-23, 1999 at Texas Southern University (Region C)

Undergraduate MATHFest IX was hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Texas Southern University in Houston, TX on October 21-23, 1999. Della Bell served as coordinator of the Conference. The J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture was given by Richard Tapia of Rice University; his title was "Some Applications in Computational Science."


MATHFest VIII: October 21-23, 1998 at Benedict College (Region A)

Undergraduate MATHFest VIII was hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Benedict College in Columbia, SC on October 21 - 23, 1998. Mohammed Nikravesh was coordinator of the Conference. The J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture was given by Louis Dale, University of Alabama at Birmingham; lecture title: "The K-Closure of Monic and Monic-Free Ideals in a Polynomial Semi-Ring."


MATHFest VII: October 23-25, 1997 at Elizabeth City State University (Region B)

Undergraduate MATHFest VII was hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC on October 23-25, 1997. Johnny L. Houston was coordinator of the Conference and presented the J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture. His presentation was entitled: "Some Results and Problems in Discrete and Computational Geometry."


MATHFest VI: October 24-26, 1996 at Xavier University (Region C)

Undergraduate MATHFest VI was hosted by the Department of Mathematics at Xavier University in New Orleans, LA on October 24 - 26, 1996. The local coordinator for the conference was Bhu Dev Sharma, Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Xavier University. The J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture was given by Isom Herron, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. The title of his presentation was "The Fluid Motion."


MATHFest V: October 26-28, 1995 at Clark Atlanta (Region A)

Undergraduate MATHFest V was hosted by the Department of Mathematics at Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA on October 26-28, 1995. The local coordinator for the conference was Abdulalim Shabazz. The J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture was given by Earl Barnes, Georgia Institute of Technology. The title of his presentation was "Eigenvalues and Graph Coloring."


MATHFest IV: October 13-15, 1994 at North Carolina A&T (Region B)

Undergraduate MATHFest IV was held at North Caroline A&T State University in Greensboro, NC on October 13-15, 1994. Undergraduate MATHFest IV, a research conference for promising undergraduate mathematics majors, focused on under-represented minority students; introducing the students to several aspects of research and promoting graduate school opportunities. The conference was sponsored by NAM, with grant support from the National Security Agency (NSA). More than 125 attended and proclaimed it a success.

This was the year that NAM established the J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture. The Lecture was established in conjunction with Undergraduate MATHFest and named in honor of J. Ernest Wilkins, a world-class mathematician, physicist and engineer. Wilkins received his B.S. degree as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate at the age of 16, his M.S. degree at age 17, and his Ph.D. degree at the age of 19. Although he has been highly praised as a superb practitioner of his crafts, Dr. Wilkins is also widely recognized and acclaimed as a highly productive scholar, having published more than 80 journal articles and having produced an additional 22 unpublished reports for the Atomic Energy Commission.


MATHFest III: October 21-23, 1993 at Southern University (Region C)

Undergraduate MATHFest III, sponsored by the National Association of Mathematicians and locally hosted by the Mathematics Department of Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, and with major funding by the National Security Agency (NSA) was described by all who attended as a grand success. There was a variety of presenters and panelists that informed, motivated and inspired the juniors and seniors present "to be their own success story."


MATHFest II: March 18-20, 1993 at Spelman College (Region A)

MATHFest '93, an undergraduate research conference in mathematics was hosted by Spelman College's Department of Mathematics. The Conference Directors were Professors Teresa Edwards and Sylvia Bozeman. The Conference was funded by the National Security Agency (NSA). Approximately 100 persons attended: mostly junior and senior mathematics majors. The objectives of the Conference was to motivate undergraduate mathematics majors to pursue graduate studies and research careers in one of the mathematical sciences. The presenters included: Danielle Carr, New York University; Nathaniel Dean, Bell Communications Research; Johnny L. Houston, Elizabeth City State University; Aderemi O. Kuku, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria; Iris M. Mack, President and CEO , Associated Technologists; Freda Porter-Locklear, Pembroke State University; and Wanda Patterson, Spelman College.

Aderemi O. Kuku was presented a Distinguished Service Award by NAM during Undergraduate MATHFest II that was held on the campus of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA March 18 - 20, 1993. Professor Kuku, is visiting in the United States during the 1992 - 1993 academic year. Dr. Kuku was serving as President of the African Mathematics Union at the time.