FLORENCE, S.C. – College students from the eastern Carolinas and Georgia will participate in the Spring 2007 Francis Marion University Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Friday, March 30.

The keynote speaker will be Arlie Petters of Duke University. The topic of his speech will be “Gravity’s Cosmic Shadows.”

Petters is a professor of mathematics and physics at Duke University. He was recruited by Duke from Princeton in 1998. Prior to Duke, Petters was an assistant professor of mathematics at Princeton from 1993 to 1998 and was an instructor of pure mathematics at MIT from 1991 to 1993. He holds a 1991 Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT with specialization in mathematical physics.

The conference will include student presentations in all areas of mathematics. The event will also include a graduate school panel discussion and a student awards ceremony.

Representatives from graduate programs at Winthrop and FMU and industries such as General Electric will participate in the panel discussion. So far, students from FMU, and Charleston Southern University have registered for the conference.

“This conference provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to interact with other students and present their work,” said Thomas Fitzkee, FMU professor of mathematics and conference director.

The conference is funded by Kappa Mu Epsilon, Houghton Mifflin, and an NSF grant through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program.

For more information, call Fitzkee at 843-661-1572 or Timothy Lance, conference organizer and FMU professor of mathematics at 843-661-1585.

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