NSF Mathematics Institutes’ Modern Math Workshop (at SACNAS)

October 12 - 13, 2016


Promenade 100 Series Rooms (101A, 101B, 102A, 102B)
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90802

As part of the Mathematical Sciences Collaborative Diversity Initiatives, nine mathematics institutes are pleased to offer their annual SACNAS pre-conference event, the 2016 Modern Math Workshop (MMW). The Modern Math Workshop is intended to encourage minority undergraduates to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and to assist undergraduates, graduate students and recent PhDs in building their research networks. The Modern Math Workshop is part of the SACNAS National Conference; the workshop and the conference take place in the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA. The MMW starts at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12 with registration beginning at noon. The Modern Math Workshop consists of the following sessions:

  • Research Session: The intended audience is graduate students and recent PhDs. Each participating institute will provide a speaker who will present an upcoming research program at the respective institute. All presentations will be expository in nature, intended for mathematical scientists and students not necessarily working in these areas but interested in learning about new developments and the possibility of spending some time at one of the Math Institutes. Due to the diverse portfolio of the institutes, it exposes participants to a broad range of topics in modern mathematics. This session continues the morning of Thursday, October 13.
  • Undergraduate Mini-courses: Two half-day mini-courses will be offered in the afternoon of the first day, running concurrently. These mini-courses are intended for undergraduate students. More information is available on the tab labeled “Sessions.”

In addition, there will be a keynote lecture by Joseph Teran, professor of mathematics at UCLA, who is a leading expert in using applied mathematics for special effects in movies and related areas such as virtual surgery. There will also be a reception on Wednesday evening that will include an information booth by each institute which will give participants ample time to find out about activities and opportunities at all the institutes. Workshop participants (graduate students and above) will be invited to present posters of their research during the reception.

Organizing Committee

Hélène Barcelo (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Deputy Director)
Sujit Ghosh (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), Deputy Director)
Christian Ratsch (Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, IPAM Associate Director)
Ulrica Wilson (Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM))