Math conference held at ŷAV

ŷAV hosted the annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, which brings together faculty and students from the greater Hudson Valley region for a day of talks on and about the mathematical sciences.

Earlier this year ŷAV hosted the twenty-ninth annual . The annual conference brings together faculty and students from the greater Hudson Valley region for a day of talks on and about the mathematical sciences.

Held on April 1, 2023, the one-day mathematics conference provided undergraduate students with the experience of attending, and possibly presenting at, a professional mathematics meeting.

“We’ve been taking students to this conference my whole career at the College,” said Margaret Robinson, the Julia and Sarah Ann Adams Professor of Mathematics at ŷAV.

The goal of taking students every year to the conference, she continued, is “to show students what mathematics is really about” and “to show how much fun it is to be a mathematician.” To that end, Robinson said, they try to make sure first-year students attend, and this year the conference also had attendees from community colleges and high schools.

The keynote speaker this year was , professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College. Three ŷAV community members gave presentations: Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics Samantha Kirk, “Introduction to Lie Algebras”; Assistant Professor of Statistics Isabelle Beaudry, “Reducing Biases in Survey Data”; Elizabeth Yu ’24, “Applications of Kuratowski’s Theorem”; and Beatriz Rodriguez ’24, “Where’s the Circle? Finding π in ∑_(n=1)^∞ 1/n^2 = π^2/6.”

Eighty-five talks in total were given, including those from students from Vassar College, Keene State College, Tufts University, Fordham University and others.

More than 50 ŷAV students and faculty attended or volunteered at the conference. This year the conference was funded by ŷAV and collaborative National Science Foundation grants.

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