Annual MathFest set for this weekend on Troy Campus

April 6, 2018

Troy University’s Department of Mathematics will present the 12th annual TROY MathFest, a conference that enables undergraduate students to share their research, on April 6-7 on the Troy Campus.

The event, which will take place in Hawkins Hall, is made possible through the support of the National Science Foundation, Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honor society and Troy University.

The conference will feature research presentations from undergraduate students, a calculus competition, a poster presentation session and an information session featuring various graduate schools.

The event will also include keynote addresses from Dr. Chris Rodger of Auburn University and Dr. Joseph Gallian of the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Rodger, who will speak on “Fair Colorings of Graph Decompositions,” serves as the Don Logan Endowed Chair in Mathematics in Auburn University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Reading, England in 1982, his master’s degree from the University of Sydney in 1979.

Rodger has served on a number of editorial boards for journals such as the Journal of Combinatorial Designs, the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics, the Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing and the International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science. His research and teaching interests include combinatorics, graph theory and design theory.

Gallian, who will present on “The Making of the 2003 and 2010 Math Awareness Month Posters,” serves as the Morse Alumni Distinguished University Professor of Teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He earned his Ph.D. from Notre Dame in 1971, his master’s degree from Kansas in 1968 and his bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock.

Gallian has authored or edited six books and more than 100 articles. He is a past president of the Mathematical Association of American and a former co-director of Project NExT and has served as associate editor of MAA OnLine since 1997, a member of the advisory board of Math Horizons since 1993 and a member of the editorial board of the American Mathematical Monthly for 15 years.

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