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Department of Mathematics at Illinois State University
ISU Undergraduate Colloquium in Mathematics

The Undergraduate Colloquium in Mathematics is designed to introduce the undergraduate community at Illinois State to some of the more fascinating and exciting sides of mathematics. The colloquium will feature talks on a variety of topics in mathematics, from algebra, number theory and discrete mathematics to actuarial science, statistics and biomathematics. The talks promise to be interesting and accessible to undergraduates, whether they are math majors or not… yet ;).

The goal of the Seminar is to show students the beauty and power of some mathematical ideas that they might not encounter in their regular coursework. It is hoped that those same students will develop a better understanding of, and a keener interest in, what mathematics is and what it can do.

The Undergraduate Colloquium will be held on alternating Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

February 2 Allison Harris (ISU Physics) Quantum Mechanical Scattering using Path Integrals
February 16 Devin Akman (UIUC) The Futurama Theorem
March 2 Annual Student Event Details TBA
March 30 Pruthikrai Mahatanankook (ISU, Information Tech) TBA
April 13 Steve Juliano (ISU, Biological Sciences) TBA
September 8 Olcay Akman (ISU) Machine Learning and Data Clustering
September 22 Alberto Delgado (ISU) You Think You Have Problems?
October 6 Sunil Chebolu (ISU) Cryptographic Protocols
October 20 Krrzysztof Ostaszewski (ISU) The Darth Vader Rule
November 3 Fusun Akman (ISU) Marvels of Linear Algebra, from XS to XXL
November 17 TBA TBA
January 27 Sunil Chebolu (ISU) Mathematics and Music
February 10 Fusun Akman (ISU) The Man Who Vandalized a Bridge in the Name of Science: Hamilton and His Quaternions (PowerPoint)
February 24 POSTPONED Dan Robserts (IWU) Problems that defy computation
March 16 Saad El-Zanati (ISU) Math: What is it good for?
March 30 Dan Robserts (IWU) Problems that defy computation
April 13 CANCELLED Krzysztof Ostaszewski (ISU) The Darth Vader Rule
April 27 ISU Math Fest 2016