
The fourth annual
SUMS
conference was held on Saturday, October 18, 2008. Approximately 200
people from eight states participated in SUMS.
Students gave twentyone contributed talks and presented twentyeight
posters
on a variety of
mathematical and statistical topics.
SUMS at JMU
is an annual one day conference promoting
undergraduate research in mathematics, statistics, and their
applications. The
conference features contributed undergraduate
research talks, invited talks aimed at a general undergraduate math
audience, a poster session, graduate school, research, and math careers
panels,
and a math competition workshop for high school students. Anyone
who has done original research in
mathematics
or statistics
while an undergraduate is invited to contribute a 15 minute
talk about his or her research. Undergraduate and high school students
are invited to present research or expository posters on any
mathematical
topic. A short article about this year's conference appeared in
the online edition of the Madison
Scholar.
Support for this conference was provided
by
National Science Foundation grant DMS0536991 through the Mathematical Association of America
(MAA) Regional Undergraduate
Mathematics Conferences program. Additional
support is provided by the College
of
Science and Mathematics at James Madison University, the Department of Mathematics and
Statistics at JMU, the Office of the Special Assistant to
the President for Diversity at JMU,
Pi Mu Epsilon, the Math Club at JMU, and James
Madison
University.
The publishing houses of Cengage
Learning (formerly Thomson
Brooks/Cole), Pearson
Education, AK Peters, ElsevierWiley Publishing
also provided generous
support for SUMS, as did puzzle makers Sterling Publishing, Puzzle
Master, Bill
Cutler Puzzles and Meffert's.
