[ugrads] A few opportunities

Greg Fasshauer fasshauer at iit.edu
Tue Sep 8 11:16:41 CDT 2015

Hi Everybody,

               I’ve collected a few items that might be of interest to you
over the past couple of weeks. I wanted to give you some time to settle in,
so I am including everything below now:

From: dmsnews [mailto:DMSNEWS at LISTSERV.NSF.GOV] On Behalf Of Henry Warchall
Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2015 9:31 PM
Subject: Please forward to students: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Dear Colleagues,

Please forward this message to senior undergraduate students, incoming
graduate students, and students in the first year of graduate study.

An updated program solicitation for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Program is now available.  Details are available at the web site


Full Proposal Deadline Dates:

* October 30, 2015 for Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy;

* October 29, 2015 for Psychology; Social Sciences; STEM Education and

* October 27, 2015 for Computer and Information Science and Engineering;
Engineering; Materials Research

* October 26, 2015 for Geosciences; Life Sciences

Please also see the additional information at


All eligible students are sincerely encouraged to apply.


Program Synopsis:

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to
help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering
workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports
outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and
doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(STEM) and in STEM education.  The GRFP provides three years of support for
the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential
for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education.  NSF
especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups,
persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF also encourages
undergraduate seniors to apply.


*From:* Thelwell, Roger J - thelwerj [mailto:thelwerj at jmu.edu]
*Sent:* Saturday, September 05, 2015 7:45 PM
*To:* Thelwell, Roger J - thelwerj <thelwerj at jmu.edu>
*Subject:* The Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (SUMS)
Conference is September 26th at JMU!

Please join us on September 26th for the eleventh annual Shenandoah
Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (SUMS) Conference at James Madison

This one ­day undergraduate research conference will feature:
* undergraduate contributed talks on mathematical research
* undergraduate and high school poster sessions on research and expository
* panel sessions on REU programs, graduate school, and industry
* invited opening and closing addresses from dynamic, engaging

Visit http://jmu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_56joeO1aco5EjZP to register.

*ONLINE REGISTRATION closes September 12th! *

*TALK and POSTERS: Register first, and then submit your title and abstract
by September 12th!*

*ONSITE REGISTRATION will also be available on the day of the conference,
September 26th.*


SUMS at JMU is an annual conference promoting undergraduate research in
mathematics, statistics, and their applications. It features contributed
undergraduate research talks, invited talks aimed at a general
undergraduate math audience, a poster session, and panels about graduate
school, undergraduate research, and math careers.

Anyone who has done original research in mathematics or statistics while an
undergraduate is invited to contribute a 15 minute talk about his or her
work. Undergraduate and high school students are invited to present
research or expository posters on any mathematical topic.

All conference events will take place in the HHS building of JMU's east


OPENING SPEAKER: Erica Flapan of Pomona College
Title:  Intrinsic Properties of Graphs Embedded in ℝ3

Knot theory is the study of embeddings of simple closed curves in ℝ3​. A
natural extension of knot theory is the study of embeddings of graphs in ℝ3​.
However, in contrast with knots, the structure of a graph can be complex,
and this can affect all of its embeddings. If every embedding of a graph
has a particular property, then we say that property is intrinsic to the
graph. For example, a graph is said to be intrinsically knotted if every
embedding of the graph in ℝ3​ contains a knot. In this talk I will
introduce intrinsic knotting and other intrinsic properties of graphs.

CLOSING SPEAKER: Dan Velleman of Amherst College
Title: An Introduction to Constructive Mathematics

Almost all mathematicians agree about what methods of reasoning are
acceptable in mathematics–almost all, but not quite all. A small group of
mathematicians practice a kind of mathematics known as
constructive mathematics. Constructive mathematicians do not accept all of
the laws of logic that most mathematicians use. For example, they do not
accept the Law of Excluded Middle, which says that for any statement P,
either P or not-P is true. Since constructive mathematicians do not use the
same laws of logic as other mathematicians, the theorems they prove are
also different. In this talk, I will discuss the philosophical motivation
for constructive mathematics, and then I will give some examples to
illustrate the methods and theorems of constructive mathematics.


See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/mathstat/sums


*From:* Elizabeth Soto [mailto:esoto2 at iit.edu]
*Sent:* Monday, August 24, 2015 2:35 PM
*To:* all-fac-group at iit.edu
*Subject:* Student Fellowship Workshop

The Office of Research will be hosting a workshop to help students
understand the ins and outs of applying for fellowship opportunities. Paul
Anderson, Director of Environmental Engineering will speak about the NSF
Graduate Research Fellowship Program and Ganesh Raman, Deputy Vice Provost
for Research will give an overview of fellowship opportunities. Light
refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by September 8, 2015 to Mariam
Othman at Mothman at iit.edu.

Date: Monday, September 14, 2015

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Herman Hall, Armour Dining Room (lower level)

To reserve a spot email Mariam Othman at Mothman at iit.edu.


*From:* Chegg Tutors/ InstaEDU [mailto:prianna=
chegg.com at mail182.wdc02.mcdlv.net] *On Behalf Of *Chegg Tutors/ InstaEDU
*Sent:* Wednesday, September 02, 2015 1:07 PM
*To:* Gregory <fasshauer at iit.edu>
*Subject:* Tutoring Opportunity for Your Students

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I hope your semester is going well,

               Greg Fasshauer

Greg Fasshauer

Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Applied Mathematics

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL 60616

Office: Engineering 1, Room 208A

Email: fasshauer at iit.edu

Phone: (312) 567-3149

Fax: (312) 567-3135

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