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Undergraduate Mathematics Conference in Washington




A regional conference organized by

The College of William and Mary,

George Mason University, and

the George Washington University


April 21-22, 2012

at the George Washington University


On day one, April 21, we will meet in

Monroe Hall, Room 113*

2115 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20052


On day two, April 22, we will meet in

Phillips Hall, Room B152

801 22nd St., NW, Washington, DC 20052



Organizers:  Maria Emelianenko  (GMU),  Svetlana Roudenko and Yongwu Rong (GWU), Junping Shi (CWM)

The Undergraduate Mathematics Conference in Washington is aimed at providing an opportunity for undergraduate mathematics students to meet their peers, to exchange their research experiences, and to interact with other professionals in the field.  This is a two-day event with presentations from students,  keynote lectures, panel discussions on careers, and a lot of opportunities to interact with other workshop participants. All students and faculty interested in the event are welcome, and please contact one of the organizers.  If you are a student and wish to present your research result, please let us know as well.

This conference is closely related to the CSUMS workshops organized by both the College of William and Mary and George Mason University in recent years. Support for this conference is provided by the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, the George Washington University, National Science Foundation (NSF-CSUMS grants, awarded to GMU and W&M), and the NSF grant DMS-0846477 through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program Additional help is provided by the GW Mathematics Club.  Prizes for the best presentations will be provided by WebAssign.

Online Registration   Please register online.  If you are a student and wish to present your research, you will be prompted to enter a title and abstract of your talk. Please register as soon as possible, and no later April 15, 2012. 


Keynote Speakers


Dr. Doron Levy 

Department of Mathematics and Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling

University of Maryland at College Park




Title: Mathematical Models of Leukemia, Cancer Stem Cells, and Drug Resistance



Leukemia is a cancer of the blood that is characterized by an abnormal production of white blood cells.   Traditional approaches for treating leukemia combine chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and bone marrow (or stem cell) transplants.  The treatment of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) was revolutionized over the past decade with the introduction of new molecular-targeted drugs.  Unfortunately, these drugs keep many patients in remission but do not cure the disease.


In this talk we will also discuss our recent work on mathematical models of cancer stem cells and their role in developing drug resistance.  When combined with clinical and experimental data, our mathematical analysis of drug resistance provides new insights on how to approach treating CML.  This is a joint work with Peter Kim, Cristian Tomasetti, and Peter Lee.



A short bio:

Doron Levy is a Professor of Mathematics and a member of the Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before moving to the University of Maryland, Prof. Levy held positions at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the University of Paris 6, and the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS), Paris.  The research of Prof. Levy is focused on applications of mathematics in medical sciences, biology, physics, and engineering.  Prof. Levy has won many awards for both his teaching and research, including the Haim Nessayu Prize and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award. 



Dr. Hans Kaper

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Georgetown University




Title: Mathematics and Climate: A New Partnership

Climate is an emerging area of research in the mathematical sciences, part of a broader portfolio that addresses issues of complexity and sustainability. So far, the climate system has received relatively little attention in the mathematical sciences community, despite the fact that the stakes are high, decision makers have more questions than we can answer, and mathematical models and statistical arguments play a central role in assessment exercises. In this talk I will identify some problems of current interest in climate science and indicate how we as mathematicians can find inspiration for new applications.

Short bio:
Dr. Hans Kaper is an applied mathematician interested in the mathematics of physical systems. His research focuses on the development of analytical and numerical methods for differential equations describing these systems. His current interest is in dynamical systems arising in climate science. Dr. Kaper is co-director of the "Mathematics and Climate Research Network" (, an NSF-funded virtual organization to develop the mathematics needed to better understand the Earth's climate. He is the (co-)author of three books and more than 100 articles in refereed journals.

Dr. Kaper is a Corresponding Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), class of 2009.  He currently serves as Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems and is a member of the SIAM Committee on Science Policy.

Dr. Kaper received his PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. After a postdoctoral position at Stanford University he spent almost 40 years as a staff scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (1969-2008), where he was Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division from 1988-1991. In 2001, Dr. Kaper joined the National Science Foundation, where he served as Program Director for Applied Mathematics and Computational Mathematics until 2008. Dr. Kaper is currently affiliated with Georgetown University in Washington, DC


Panel on Career Opportunities, Graduate Schools, REU opportunities

We thank the following panelists for sharing their insights with our students.


Dr. Michael Coleman, Naval Research Lab  (government agency)

Dr. Tom Fisher, Watson Associates (actuarial science)

Dr. Doron Levy, University of Maryland, College Park (academia including international institutions + labs)

Dr. Hans Kaper, Georgetown University, retired from 40 years at Argonne National Lab (government, industry) and several years at NSF

Dr. Evelyn Sander, George Mason University (academia)

Dr. Michael Steuerwalt, National Science Foundation (REU, NSF Graduate Fellowship)

Dr. Gexin Yu, College of William and Mary (academia)