FLORENCE – College students from the eastern Carolinas and Georgia will participate in the Spring 2009 Francis Marion University Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Saturday, March 28.
The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lee Nursing Building on campus. The keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Teles, former director of the National Science Foundation. The topic of her speech is “Should I Be a Mathematician? Past, Present and Future.”
Teles was the lead program director of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and a program director for mathematics. During 2002 and 2003 she served as the acting division director for DUE. Teles taught mathematics and served as department chair at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Md., from 1969 to 1991 when she joined National Science Foundation (NSF).
She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Winthrop College, a master of arts in teaching in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Maryland.
In 1994, she received the NSF Program Director's Award for Excellence for her work in initiating the ATE program and in 2002 the Director's Award for her work in work in broadening participation in NSF activities by two-year colleges. In November of 1994, she received the Presidential Award from the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges for outstanding contributions and dedicated service to two-year college mathematics education and in 2000 received the Mathematical Association of America’s award for service to mathematics.
At NSF, she served on a short-term assignment as the NSF science manager at the South Pole Station during the summer of 1999, for which she was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal. She was also selected as one of the Department of State-NSF Embassy Fellows and served her fellowship in August and September of 2001 at the US Embassy in the Ukraine.
The conference will include student presentations in all areas of mathematics and is funded by an NSF grant through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program and Cengage Learning.
For more information, call Timothy Lance, FMU professor of mathematics, at 843-661-1585.