2017 Regional Undergraduate Math Research Conference

Towson University
April 8, 2017

Conference Poster


The Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference at Towson is a one-day meeting designed to promote undergraduate research in mathematics by showcasing completed original research, selected expository presentations, as well as research projects in progress. If you are an undergraduate student or a high-school student, you are welcome to attend the conference (with or without a talk). If you have participated in an original research project, you are invited to give a presentation about your research. The web page Advice for Presenters offers information about the length of the talk, the physical facilities, and some links to website for helpful hints in preparing your presentation.

In addition to student presentations, the conference features two invited faculty talks and a panel on career opportunities in government, industry, and academia.


Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: 7800 York Road, Towson University, Towson MD
Time:10 am -- 5:30 pm
Registration starts at 9am.

Please fill out the online registration form if you are planning to attend.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Matthias Gobbert, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Title: Challenges and Opportunities in Real-World Simulations on Modern Parallel Computing Platforms
Abstract: Processors in consumer devices are dual- or quad-core CPUs today. State-of-the-art distributed-memory computer clusters contain multi-core CPUs with 8 to 16 cores. Most recently, a second-generation of the Intel Xeon Phi many-core processor has more than 60 cores. I will show results on hardware such as these in the context of an application problem of modeling calcium waves in a heart cell that is modeled mathematically by a system of partial differential equations with point sources. These results shown were produced by participants in the REU Site: Interdisciplinary Program in High Performance Computing (hpcreu.umbc.edu) at UMBC in Summer 2016.

Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, George Mason University
Title: Mathematical modeling, analysis and simulation of biological and bio-inspired systems
Abstract: In the last decade, there have been dramatic advances in mathematical modeling, analysis and simulation techniques to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying biological and bio-inspired systems. This work will present examples of undergraduate research projects that evolved from multidisciplinary applications modeled via coupled differential equations. Some of these examples include using mathematics to understand why aneurysms rupture; understand how zika spreads; studying social dynamics and; employing mathematics to stop poaching of elephants in Africa. Mathematical analysis and computation for some benchmark model applications will also be presented. Finally, we will also discuss how such projects can provide opportunities for students at all levels to employ transformative research in multidisciplinary areas.

Contributed Talks

Any undergraduate students are invited to contribute a 15 minute talk. If you wish to contribute a talk please let us know when you register.

Directions and Parking

From the Baltimore Beltway I-695. Take exit 25 (Charles Street) south. Proceed 1.7 miles. Turn left on Towsontown Boulevard. Proceed 0.5 miles. Turn Right on Osler Drive and then the second left onto Cross Campus Drive. Proceed 0.4 miles to the Glen Parking Garage.

Parking in the garages on campus is free on Saturdays. Take the skybridge into the 7800 York Road building.

Last modified 3 February 2017.