SUMS 2015

Brown University SUMS 2015

The Brown University Symposium for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences (SUMS) has been held annually since 2002. The symposium's goal is to foster greater undergraduate interest and scholarship in mathematics by demonstrating the ubiquity of mathematics throughout the sciences. The conference also provides an environment in which motivated undergraduates can come together to share their own work and learn from distinguished faculty and researchers from around the country.

This year's symposium will be held on March 14th, 2015 in Kassar/Foxboro (click here for map), 151 Thayer Street, Providence, and features the topic of Symmetry*.

Light breakfast refreshments will be served prior to the first lecture on Saturday.
Registered participants will be invited to a banquet dinner on Saturday evening. There is no cost to attend the banquet. Deadline for Registration is March 7th, 2015. 

*Symmetry exists everywhere in nature and our daily life. For example, click on FAQ to see the first frequently asked question.

*New! Slides from the presentations can be found on the Archive page. 


Schedule     
A detailed schedule and location can be found here.
A printable version of schedule and abstracts can be found here (*new!).
  
                                                                 Speakers                              Location
Check-in                            9:00 am                                             
1st talk                         9:30 am                                         Marjorie Senechal             Foxboro (Kassar House)
2nd talk                           10:30 am                                         Jeffrey Adams                    Foxboro (Kassar House)
Student talks               11:30 am                                                                                        MacMillan 115  (session A) / Foxboro (session B) 
Lunch break                 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Student talks              1:30 pm                                                                                         MacMillan 115  (session A) / Foxboro (session B) 
Poster Session           2:20 pm
3rd talk                          3:00 pm                                           Jeffrey Brock                      Foxboro (Kassar House)
4th talk                         4:00 pm                                           Henry Cohn                        Foxboro (Kassar House)                                       
Banquet                      5:00 pm 

A detailed schedule and location can be found here.


Plenary Speakers
Click here for abstracts.

Jeffrey Adams -- University of Maryland
Title: Regular polyhedra

Jeffrey Brock --  Brown University
Title: Continuous symmetry, shrinky dinks, and the Poincaré conjecture

Henry Cohn -- Microsoft / MIT
Title: The Role of symmetry in sphere packing

Marjorie Senechal -- Smith College
TitleSymmetry: where does it come from, where does it go?


Student Speakers
Click here for titles and abstracts.

Robert Laudone -- Boston College 
Kyle Meyer -- Northeastern University
Daniel Parker -- Brown University
David Schwein -- Brown University
Zijian Yao -- Brown University


Poster Presentation

Katherine Pilewski  -- Boston College 
Dongni Zhang -- WPI 



Conference Poster



Organizing Committee: 
George Hauser, Francis White, Zijian Yao. 

Faculty advisor: