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Embry-Riddle Undergraduate Mathematics Conference to Attract Students From Around Florida

Daytona Beach, FL, February 21, 2014

Embry Riddle Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Math conference speaker Dr. Michael Dorff demonstrates soap film as a minimal surface.

College students from across the state will gather at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the 11th annual Embry-Riddle Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, where they’ll present 20-minute talks on aspects of mathematics and gather information on research, internships and career planning.

The March 1 event at the Daytona Beach Campus will host students from Embry-Riddle, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Tech, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida and the University of Tampa.

Student speech topics will include mathematical modelling of disease outbreaks, brain function and cancer treatment; the applications of math to genetics; mathematical analysis of quantum physics; and graph theory and combinatorics (the science of counting). The all-day event also features an hour-long Integration Bee in which the students will compete for prizes by solving calculus problems.

“Embry-Riddle has hosted an undergraduate math conference since 2004 with funding from the National Science Foundation,” said Dr. Greg Spradlin, Embry-Riddle associate professor of mathematics and director of the mathematics conference program. “It’s a great opportunity for students to gain experience in developing professional presentations and to expand their knowledge of the wide range of mathematics and its applications to the sciences.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Dorff, founder and director of the $2.6 million NSF-funded Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics at Brigham Young University. He’ll discuss careers in mathematics and another on minimal surfaces such as soap films. In addition, Dr. Shahrdad Sajjadi, an Embry-Riddle mathematics professor, will speak on the subject of scientific visualization.

The conference will be held in the new $40 million College of Arts & Sciences building that opened in January. As part of the conference, Physical Sciences faculty will lead tours of the building’s telescopes, including one that ranks as the largest university-owned telescope in Florida. Weather permitting, attendees will be invited to view the sun through solar telescopes.

The event is free and open to the public and includes coffee, snacks and lunch. Those who plan to attend should RSVP with Dr. Spradlin; additional undergraduates who would like to present their work should also contact him. For more information, go to

This conference is an MAA NSF-RUMC sponsored activity funded by NSF grant DMS-0241090.

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When: Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Arts & Sciences building, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, Fla. Attendees should check in under the observatory dome on the first floor.

Conference Program Contact: Dr. Greg Spradlin at (386) 226-7737 or

Media Contact: Mary Van Buren, Assistant Director of Communications, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; (386) 226-6525;

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