What is the "NAM J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture" Series?
The J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture series was inaugurated in 1994 during NAM's Undergraduate MATHFest IV at North Carolina A&T. It is named in honor of Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Jr. (November 27, 1923 -- May 12, 2011), an internationally recognized nuclear scientist, mechanical engineer and mathematician.
J. Ernest Wilkins was known in the press as the "Negro Genius." 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, 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as a highly productive scholar, having published more than 80 journal articles and having produced an additional 22 unpublished reports for the Atomic Energy Commission. Wilkins is the only African American mathematician-engineer elected as a Fellow to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
The inaugural lecture was given by Wilkins himself. The Lecture is to be given annually at the Undergraduate MATHFest, a conference for which Wilkins was a frequent attendee.
Suggest the Next J. Ernest Wilkins Lecturer!
We welcome nominations for future Wilkins Lecturers! Please consider the following criteria:
- Wilkins Lecturers should be prepared to present a research talk to a general audience of undergraduate majors in the mathematician sciences.
- We prefer speakers who have not given a Wilkins Lecture in the past.
- We seek a diversity of speakers. Please remember that our intended audience will feature a diversity of race/ethnicity, gender, age, and mathematical subject matter.
E-mail your nominations here:
Past NAM J. Ernest Wilkins Lectures
MathFest XXXI: October 1 - October 2, 2021 held virtually
Parking Functions: Choose Your Own Adventure
MathFest XXX: October 9 - October 10, 2020 held virtually
Exceptional Statistics: From J. Ernest Wilkins to Coronavirus Epidemiology
MathFest XXIX: September 27 - September 29, 2019 at Southern University of New Orleans (Region A)
Squaring the Circle
MathFest XXVIII: September 28 - September 30, 2018 at Spelman College (Region A)
Enhancing Imagery Techniques
MathFest XXVII: September 29 - October 1, 2017 at Medgar Evers College (Region B)
A Meditation on Jazz, Mathematics and Cosmology
MathFest XXVI: November 10-12, 2016 at Morgan State University (Region B)
MathFest XXV: October 29-31, 2015 at Morgan State University (Region B)
MathFest XXIV: Cancelled
MathFest XXIII: November 8-9, 2013 at Texas State University (Region C)
MATHFest XXII: November 1-3, 2012 at Morgan State University (Region B)
MATHFest XXI: November 3-5, 2011 at Dillard University (Region C)
MATHFest XX: November 18-20, 2010 at Miami Dade College (Region A)
MATHFest XIX: November 12-14, 2009 at the University of District of Columbia (Region B)
MATHFest XVIII: November 13-15, 2008 at Texas Southern University (Region C)
MATHFest XVII: November 8-10, 2007 at Spelman College (Region A)
Diary of a MAD Black Woman
MATHFest XVI: November 9-11, 2006 at Howard University (Region B)
The Life and Legacy of Professor James E. Joseph
MATHFest XV: November 10-12, 2005 at Texas Southern University (Region C)
MATHFest XIV: October 7-9, 2004 at Morehouse College (Region A)
MATHFest XIII: October 20 - November 1, 2003 at Delaware Statue University (Region B)
MATHFest XII: October 2002 at Southern University of New Orleans (Region C)
MATHFest XI: October 4-6, 2001 at Florida A&M (Region A)
Mathematics in Tomography
MATHFest X: October 26-28, 2000 at Morgan State University (Region B)
MATHFest IX: October 21-23, 1999 at Texas Southern University (Region C)
Some Applications in Computational Science
MATHFest VIII: October 21-23, 1998 at Benedict College (Region A)
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)
Some Results and Problems in Discrete and Computational Geometry
MATHFest VI: October 24-26, 1996 at Xavier University (Region C)
The Fluid Motion
MATHFest V: October 26-28, 1995 at Clark Atlanta (Region A)
Eigenvalues and Graph Coloring
MATHFest IV: October 13-15, 1994 at North Carolina A&T (Region B)
Real Zeros of Random Polynomials
MATHFest III: October 21-23, 1993 at Southern University (Region C)
MATHFest II: March 18-20, 1993 at Spelman College (Region A)
MATHFest I: November 1991 at Hampton University (Region B)