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FMU to host undergraduate mathematics conference, April 7

            FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will play host to college students from the eastern Carolinas at its Spring 2006 Joint Francis Marion/Kappa Mu Epsilon Region Three Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Friday, April 7.

            The keynote speaker will be Chris Arney of the U.S. Army Research Office. The topic of his speech will be “The Mathematics of Robots, Networks, Recess, and Life.”

            The conference will include student presentations focusing on applied mathematics, including mathematical modeling, numerical methods, statistics, and computational mathematics. The event will also include a graduate school panel discussion and a student awards ceremony.

            Representatives from graduate programs at the University of South Carolina and North Carolina State University will participate in the panel discussion. So far, students from FMU, Coastal Carolina University and Charleston Southern University have registered for the conference. Last year, 30 students from four institutions made presentations.

            “This conference provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to interact with other students and experience mathematics away from their home institutions,” 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.

#159 / 3-27-06
Last Published: February 14, 2007 10:55 AM
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