Details of the conference will be posted on the conference web page.
The OSU Department of Mathematics will host the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA to be held on April 1-2, 2016. The eighth annual Northwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium (NUMS) will be embedded within the larger annual meeting.
The purpose of the Pacific Northwest Section is to advance collegiate-level mathematics on a regional level as well as to provide professional development and networking activities for section members and mathematics students. Much of the section’s activities center around the annual meeting, including Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching). This is a professional development program for new college-level faculty interested in "improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics." Presentations by faculty and students are either contributed talks or invited into special sessions by the organizers. Additionally there are plenary lectures by leading mathematicians who are also nationally recognized expositors, and mini-courses on contemporary topics.
The NUMS meeting grew out of a regional Pi Mu Epsilon ( PME: the National Mathematics Honor Society) conference, originally started at OSU. The NUMS conference not only gives students a welcoming and supportive venue to communicate their scholarly work, it also serves to prepare our most talented students for the presentation competition at the national MathFest held each summer. Students who are currently considering the pursuit of mathematics are encouraged to explore deeper into broader topics by witnessing talks on mathematics beyond traditional classroom concepts such as calculus. A student's education is enriched by having this access to vast and fascinating areas of mathematics they may otherwise never see. Up to 100 students, from nearly every school in the region, are expected to attend.