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Exhibit Hall & Grand Opening Reception

Wednesday, August 1, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Plaza Exhibit Hall, Plaza Building


The MAA MathFest Grand Opening Reception will launch this year's MAA MathFest on a high note. This event is intended to draw attendees together in a spirit of camaraderie. We warmly invite you to enjoy complimentary light hors d'oeuvres while you mix and mingle in the Exhibit Hall with other registered participants and guests, sponsors, and exhibitors.


The President’s Membership Jubilee

Thursday, August 2, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom I, Tower Building


An evening of musical performances by members celebrating members of the Mathematical Association of America. This event is free and open to all MAA MathFest attendees. All MAA members, new and those celebrating their 25th and 50th anniversaries are encouraged to attend.


Uniform Convergence: A One-Woman Play

Friday, August 3, 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Plaza Ballroom F, Plaza Building


Uniform Convergence is a one-woman play, written and performed by mathematics graduate student Corrine Yap. It juxtaposes the stories of two women trying to find their place in a white male-dominated academic world. The first is of historical Russian mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya, who was lauded as a pioneer for women in science but only after years of struggle for recognition. Her life's journey is told through music and movement, in both Russian and English. The second is of a fictional Asian-American woman, known only as "Professor," attempting to cope with the prejudice she faces in the present. As she teaches an introductory real analysis class, she uses mathematical concepts to draw parallels to the race and gender conflicts she encounters in society today.


Graduate Student Reception

Thursday, August 2, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Windows Room, Tower Building


Graduate students are invited for some refreshments and to meet several of the invited speakers.

Edray Goins, Purdue University
Eric Eager, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse


MAA-PME Student Reception

Wednesday, August 1, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., Windows Room, Tower Building


Undergraduate students are invited to come for refreshments and a welcome to MathFest.


Math Jeopardy

Wednesday, August 1, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Plaza Ballroom E, Plaza Building


Answer: A fun undergraduate mathematics contest to lead off MathFest.
Question: What is Mathematics Jeopardy?

Four teams of students will provide the questions to go with the mathematical answers in many categories. All interested students in the audience can enter their names to be chosen to play on one of the four teams of four players. There will be prizes for all the participants.

Come cheer for your favorite team. The session will be emceed by Michael Berry.

Robert W. Vallin, Lamar University
Michael W. Berry, University of Tennessee



Thursday, August 2, 4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Grand Ballroom II, Tower Building


They're called Fermi problems...

How heavy is the Eiffel Tower?
How many prime numbers have distinct digits?
How many calories would you be eating if you had "one of everything" at the Cheesecake Factory?

If you're looking for a mindbending mixture of math and trivia, look no further! Jane Street Capital presents The Estimathon contest: teams will have 30 minutes to work on 13 problems, ranging from totally trivial to positively Putnamesque. Can your team beat the all-time best score?? The top teams will receive prizes!

As in past years, we will run 2 contests. Feel free to show up to either one!

(Please show up 15 minutes before the start time of the contest you want to join.)

Our target schedule is as follows:

3:30 p.m. Welcome, overview of rules and scoring
3:45 p.m. Estimathon contest #1
4:30 p.m. Estimathon contest #2

Andy Niedermaier, Jane Street Capital


Pi Mu Epsilon Banquet

Friday, August 3, 6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Grand Ballroom I, Tower Building


All PME members and their supporters are welcome. See the registration form for more information on this ticketed event.


MAA Ice Cream Social

Friday, August 3, 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., North Convention Lobby, Tower Building


Besides cake and ice cream, we will recognize all students who gave talks in the MAA Student Paper Sessions, and award prizes for the best of them. All are invited.