Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 28, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Presentation by Dakota White

Title: Codeword Cipher

Modern encryption stems from a history that reliant on the histories of secret communications and mathematical knowledge, with one often driving the other. This talk will briefly outline this history, highlighting key tenants of encryption and decryption, the math behind important encryption systems, and get our hands dirty with some light cryptanalysis!

Thursday, April 04, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Course Preview for Fall 2024

Please see the recording in this link

Thursday, April 18, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Presentation by Professor Adam Larios

Title: The mathematics of fluids and flames

Have you ever wondered how the chaotic patterns in a dancing flame or swirling plasma can be captured through mathematics? Join us as we explore the captivating world of the Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation, a mathematical model that doesn’t play by the usual rules and sheds light on these complex phenomena. This equation is similar to those that model the behavior of flowing water, providing a unique bridge between the elements of fire and water. During our discussion, we'll dive into how certain modifications can simplify the equation to make it more approachable while preserving its intriguing properties. To bring these abstract concepts to life, we’ll show you colorful animations that demonstrate the dynamic behavior of the solutions. Whether you’re deeply passionate about mathematics or simply curious about how equations can describe natural phenomena, this talk will offer a fresh perspective on the beauty and complexity of math in motion.

Friday, May 3, 4 pm in 115 Avery Hall:

Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture by Professor Richard Hoshino

Title: Mathematical Problem-Solving and Computational Thinking

The core of the talk will be three mathematical puzzles, all of which will be accessible to every person in the audience. In the process of solving these three puzzles, the four principles of Computational Thinking will be uncovered. Together we will discover how this "21st-century mindset" can enable us to tackle complex real-life problems with both confidence and impact.

Please see more detail in the link

Past Events

Thursday, February 8, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Presentation by Wolfgang Allred

Title: Fantastic Fixed Points and Where to Find Them

Have you ever felt like you are spinning out of control? Have you ever looked out at our ever-changing world and wished for something solid to hold onto? Do you wish that your points would do as they're told and stay put? If this sounds like you, look no further than the wonderful world of fixed-point theorems. In this talk, we'll find learn to find stability amidst the chaos using a variety of theorems from several different areas of math, some familiar, and some not so familiar.

Thursday, February 22, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Presentation by Fares Soufan

Title: On the Parity of Generalized Frobenius Partitions

Mathematicians have been studying numbers for as long as anyone could remember. One way in which they have been doing that is by studying different ways an integer could be "partitioned". An integer partition is loosely a way in which you can write this integer as a sum of other positive integers. This simple idea has created rich subfields of mathematics studying integer partitions and q-series. Many prominent mathematicians including (but not limited to) Ramanujan have produced wonderful results in this field. In this talk, we will look at a specific kind of integer partition, and "almost count" how many each integer could have.

Thursday, March 21, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Pi Mu Epsilon Social Event

Founded at Syracuse University in 1914, Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and the recognition of mathematical scholarship among students in postsecondary institutions. The Nebraska Alpha Chapter at UNL, founded in 1928, was the 15th chapter out of currently over 400 around the country. We would like to invite all our members, former members, and all math majors who would like to join Pi Mu Epsilon this academic year to our social event.

Thursday, November 30, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Panel on internship opportunities for undergraduate students

Panelists: Layla Montemayor (senior), Abby Hanson (junior), and Elizabeth Weber (junior)

Three undergraduate students will talk about their summer internship experiences. This panel is organized by the Association for Women in Math (AWM) student chapter.

Thursday, November 9, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Presentation by Professor Kazuo Yamazaki

Title: Introduction to Math Modeling

Do you enjoy being creative? Do you love applying interesting mathematics? Then math modeling is for you! Modeling is a process that uses math to provide insight into real world phenomena; see this video for a quick introduction. Mathematical modeling not only benefits the subjects being modeled, but also opens the door for more interesting math to be explored. Like most mathematics, problems are open ended and can have many solutions.

Thursday, October 26, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Course Preview

Come to the preview of the upper-level math courses offered in the Spring 2024 semester! Faculty teaching them will describe course content, format, prerequisites, and will answer your questions.

A video recording of the course preview is available.

Thursday, October 5, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Presentation by undergraduate student Kolton O'Neal

Title: Classifying Groups by Orbit Structure: the Results of Undergraduate Research

Every summer, there are Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). We look at the experience of an REU as well as the research topic at the 2023 Texas State REU. The topic was classifying certain mathematical objects called groups according to a notion of their complexity called the rank.

Thursday, September 14, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Meet and greet with faculty undergraduate advisor Professor Alex Zupan

Come meet the new faculty undergraduate advisor, professor Alex Zupan, in an informal setting. Professor Zupan will introduce himself and speak about ways in which he can help students make the most of their math major.

Thursday, August 31, 5 pm in 351 Avery Hall:

Presentation by Dr. Morgen Bills

Title: Zero Divisors, Matrices, and Perfect Matchings

Abstract: This will be an introduction to zero divisors particularly in matrices. After that I will describe how to use perfect matchings to represent certain matrices (and multiply like matrices). Finally, I will try to touch on why all of this might answer a question from the last century.

Please see our event archive for a list of past events.

About Math Club

The Math Club is an umbrella organization for mathematics-related activities open to all UNL students. The Math Club sponsors events throughout the academic year in association with the Nebraska Alpha Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon and the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) undergraduate student chapter at Nebraska. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to contact the Math Club's faculty advisors to discuss events and meetings that they would like to see throughout the academic year and to help organize additional event and meetings.

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Pi Mu Epsilon (ΠΜΕ)

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society that promotes scholarly activity in mathematics among students in academic institutions. UNL's Nebraska Alpha Chapter, founded in 1928, was the 15th chapter out of over 350 chapters around the country.

Learn more about joining Pi Mu Epsilon.

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