# Undergraduate Colloquium

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 designated Thursdays from 1:00-1:50 p.m. in Stevenson Hall 131. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.**

## Fall 2018

### Fall 2018

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

September 20 | Devin Akman (U of I) | The +C is a Lie |

October 11 | Tathagato Basak (Iowa State) | A complex ball quotient and the monster |

October 18 | Papa Sissokho (ISU) | Codes Everywhere |

October 25 | Andrew Shallue (Illinois Wesleyan) | The Mathematics of Secure Signatures |

October 31 (Wednesday at 10:00, STV 310) | Torrey Saxton (ISU) | Using Neural Networks to See Proton-Proton Collisions |

November 28 | Craig McLauchlan (ISU Chemistry) | TBA |

## Spring 2018

### Spring 2018

Date | Room | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|---|

February 14 | STV 401 |
James Peirce (UW-La Crosse) | Just in time for Valentine’s Day: Love Affairs, Disease, and Differential Equations |

February 28 | CVA 149 |
Pam Ryan (Truman State) | Distinguishing Between Genetic Drift and Selection Using a Modification of Tajima’s D Statistic |

March 21 | Chung-Chih Li (ISU School of IT) | P versus NP, a Millennium Prize Problem | |

April 4 | Fusun Akman (ISU) | Basic Stuff | |

April 25 | Michael Plantholt (ISU) | Discrete Mathematics in the Movies | |

May 2 | STV 324 |
MAT 268 Students | Undergraduate Research Presentations |

## Fall 2017

### Fall 2017

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

October 18 | Lucian Ionescu | Complex Analysis and Its Applications |

November 1 | Sunil Chebolu | Mathematics and Astronomy |

November 8 | Olcay Akman | What exactly is biomathematics and what exactly it is not |

November 16 | Volodymyr Melnykov (Univ of Alabama) | On the PhD program in applied statistics at the University of Alabama |

## Spring 2017

### Spring 2017

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

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 |

## Fall 2016

### Fall 2016

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

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 |

## Spring 2016

### Spring 2016

Date | Speaker | University | Title |
---|---|---|---|

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 |