Troy University MathFest 2014 set for March 29 in Montgomery

Posted: Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Montgomery - Troy University MathFest 2014, a one-day undergraduate mathematics conference, will take place on Saturday, March 29, in the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium on the University's Montgomery Campus. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration and welcome.

Made possible by Troy University funding and a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant through the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), TROY MathFest was created in 2004 and allows students from around the region to participate in presentations and discussions covering all areas of mathematics, mathematics education and applications of mathematics. The event is an initiative of the University's Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"The purpose of the conference is to provide students with opportunities to share the results of their research and projects in a supportive environment," said Diane Porter, Chair of the Department and Director of TROY MathFest 2014. "It also gives all students in attendance an opportunity to expand their knowledge about a wide range of mathematics."

Dr. Ken Roblee, Professor of Mathematics on the Troy Campus and originator of the MathFest Conference at TROY, said the opportunity for students to present their research at the forum provides valuable experience.

"The importance of TROY MathFest is that it fills the need for giving regional undergraduate students in mathematics the opportunity to present their research projects in a regional conference, as well as the opportunity to meet and learn from other undergraduate students and faculty members in mathematics from other universities and colleges," Dr. Roblee said.

A highlight of TROY MathFest will be the Invited Lecture Series to be delivered this year by Dr. Dean G. Hoffman, Professor of Discrete Mathematics at Auburn University. Hoffman is a renowned graph and design theorist with more than 100 publications and a textbook, "Coding Theory and Cryptography: The Essentials," to his credit. His presentation for MathFest 2014 is "Some Curious Graph Definitions."

In addition to presentations given by students, participants will have the opportunity to attend presentations by faculty members in mathematics, mathematics education and applications of mathematics.

MathFest 2014 also features Calculus Competition with cash prizes.