Conference for women in math hosts public lectures

2016 NCUWM Poster Session
2016 NCUWM Poster Session

Nearly 400 students and educators representing 132 schools from 34 states, Canada and Scotland will make their way to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the 19th annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, Feb. 3-5.

The conference offers undergraduate female mathematicians the opportunity to discuss their research and to meet other women who share their interest in mathematical sciences. This year, 202 students and 16 schools are in attendance for the first time.

Nebraska faculty and staff can attend conference research presentations at no charge. Events are held on City Campus or at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P St. One-hundred forty-five students will be presenting their research. A complete schedule of student research presentations is available at

The plenary speakers are Professors Ami Radunskaya of Pomona College in Claremont, California, and Brooke Shipley of the University of Ilinois at Chicago. Shipley is a Lincoln native. Their lectures are open to the public.

Radunskaya will discuss "From Music to Mathematics to Medicine: One Woman’s Journey" after the conference opens at 3:40 p.m., Feb. 3, in the Nebraska Union Auditorium.

Shipley’s presentation, "A Lincoln-Chicago Round Trip via Algebraic Topology," is at 3:10 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the Embassy Suites Regency Ballroom BC.

The conference also includes two poster sessions featuring the research of students. The sessions are 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4 and 8:55 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. Feb. 5 in the Embassy Suites Regents Ballroom A.

Conference participants will have an opportunity to learn about life in graduate school from the perspective of current women graduate students representing math departments from across the country. Panel discussions will be held featuring representatives from government and private companies who will talk about their careers and how conference participants can put their advanced math skills to use in a variety of careers.

For more information about the conference, go to

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education; the National Science Foundation; and the National Security Agency.