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02-17-2010

Saint Lawrence Valley Mathematics Symposium Friday & Saturday at Clarkson University

Clarkson University will host the second annual Saint Lawrence Valley Mathematics Symposium, a regional undergraduate research conference, this Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20.

The public is invited to hear keynote speaker Jackie Jensen of Sam Houston State University, a nationally recognized teacher, researcher, and developer of undergraduate research programs.

Her address, which will be accessible to a general audience, is titled "Is it Art or Knot?" and will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday in Science Center Room 360. You don’t have to be a math major to know how to tie your shoes, says Jensen, who will show her audience how to analyze knots using some basic mathematical ideas.

The public is also invited to talks by student researchers Saturday from 9-11:50 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall rooms 213 and 214, and Science Center Room 344.

The primary focus of the conference is to give both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their research or other projects. Presentations are open to any major, but all presentations will have a strong mathematical component and be targeted to an undergraduate audience.

If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Professor Aaron Luttman at aluttman@clarkson.edu .

Funding for the conference is provided by the National Science Foundation through the Mathematical Association of America’s Regional Undergraduate Conference program, the Clarkson University Student Association, the Clarkson Union Board, Pi Mu Epsilon, the SUNY Potsdam Mathematics Department, and the Clarkson University Math Club.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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