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Math Department Events

Upcoming Events

ACCA Calculus Competition

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5 - 6:45 p.m.
Room N-300
Warde Academic Center

The competition consists of problems from all topics in Calculus I, Calculus II, and Multivariable Calculus. This is a team competition and it's a great way to get together with your peers to work on interesting problems and show your SXU math spirit!


Senior Seminar Presentations

Friday, April 20, 2018
1 - 3 p.m.
Room S-115
Warde Academic Center

Joseph An: The Laplace Transform
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Arunas Dagys

Joe Bailey: Visualizations and Models in Non-Euclidean Geometry
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kristen Schreck

Ashley Linstra: The Mathematics Behind Global Positioning System
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ahmad Mojiri

All mathematics majors are expected to attend.
Please sign in with Dr. Mojiri on the day of the event to earn one extra credit point towards your future Senior Seminar grade.

Refreshments will be served.


Southwest Chicago Math Teachers' Circle Monthly Meeting

Monday, May 21, 2018
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Room S-115
Warde Academic Center

Calling All Math Teachers! SXU will host the monthly meeting of the Southwest Chicago Math Teachers' Circle for an evening of collaboration and hands-on problem-solving guided by college faculty members and fellow practicing middle-school and high school mathematics teachers. Southwest Chicago Math Teachers' Circle Meetings are free events designed to meet the requirements for Professional Development Hours and dinner is provided.

Please register to attend by Thursday, May 17: Math Circle RSVP


Math Summer Camps

June 25 - 29, 2018 and July 23 - 27, 3018
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Chicago Campus

Two camps are being offered in summer 2018: Mathematics and Art Summer Camp, for middle school students (entering grades 6, 7, and 8) and Secrets of Mathematics Summer Camp, for high school students.

Visit the Math Summer Camps page to for more details!


Previous Events

Pi Day Celebration and Annual Math Alumni Career Event

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SXU Diner
5 - 7 p.m.
Room S-115
Warde Academic Center

Schedule of Activities
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Math Club will be passing out free slices of pie for PI DAY in the main walkway of the SXU Diner.
Stop by, learn a little about PI, and get a slice!
5 - 5:45 p.m. Dinner and more pies with math faculty, alumni, current and prospective math students
5:45 - 6 p.m. 3D Printing in Math and Science Demo
Dr. Kristen Schreck
6 - 7 p.m. Panel Discussion on Careers in Mathematics
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ICTM Regional High School Mathematics Contest

Saturday, February 24, 2018
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
L-206 (contest headquarters room)
Warde Academic Center

SXU's Mathematics Department hosted the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Region 3 High School Mathematics Contest. SXU welcomed the math teams from eight local high schools: Morgan Park Academy, Universal School, British School South, Butler College Prep, Evergreen Park, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mother McAuley, and St. Lawrence. The math students will compete in both team and individual events covering topics from Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus.


The Mathematics Department and Careers in STEM Forum Present:

Dr. Timothy D. Comar, Department of Mathematics, Benedictine University

"The Dynamics of Impulsive Models for Integrated Pest Management"

Abstract: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a strategy for controlling a harmful pest species using a combination of control strategies. Control strategies typically include the addition of apredatory species to the environment, the application of pesticide, and the introduction of a disease into the pest species. We present an Impulsive Differential Equations (IDE) model for IMP with stochastic and mixture model components to create further flexibility in modeling the impacts of random environmental changes on an integrated pest management system. In particular, we first determine the conditions under which globally asymptotically stable pest eradications solutions of our deterministic are guaranteed and under which solutions are permanent. We then analyze the stochastic model to find the optimal value of the mixing parameter that minimizes the variance in the efficacy of the pesticide. Additionally we perform a sensitivity analysis to show that the corresponding pesticide efficacy determined by this optimization technique is indeed robust. Through numerical simulations we show that permanence can be preserved in our stochastic model. Our study of stochastic version of the model indicates that our results on the deterministic model provide informative conclusions about the behavior of the stochastic model.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
4 - 5 p.m., Presentation
5 - 6 p.m., Dinner and Conversation with faculty and students
Room: S-115
Warde Academic Center


Senior Seminar Presentation

Friday, November 17, 2017
1:15 - 2 p.m.
Room S-115
Warde Academic Center

Tom Higgins: Linear Codes and Syndrome Decoding

The presentation will be 15 minutes with a 10 minute Poster Session to follow.

All mathematics majors are expected to attend.
Please sign in with Dr. Mojiri on the day of the event to earn one extra credit point towards your future Senior Seminar grade.

Refreshments will be served.


Mathematics Visit Day

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Room S-115
Warde Academic Center

Schedule of Activities
4:30 - 5 p.m. Campus Tour
5 - 5:30 p.m. The Magic of Numbers with Professor Ahmad Mojiri
This fun and interactive presentation involves recognizing
patterns in numbers and searching for underlying structure,
number theory, and modular arithmetic.
5:30 - 6 p.m. Refreshments and conversation with Math Faculty


For more information, please visit our Programs Visit Days page.


SXU Math Club/Math Department Colloquium Series

Rochelle Maly, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of an Enterprise Software Company

"An SXU Alumna's Career Journey to Solve Leading Edge Business Problems Through Technology"

Friday, October 20, 2017
1 - 2 p.m.
Room S-115
Warde Academic Center

Refreshments will be served.

Rochelle MalyLearn how a former SXU mathematics undergraduate went from having a career crisis three years into a planned high school mathematics teaching career to a Silicon Valley Enterprise Software Executive level position into now running her own software and consulting company, solving problems that have plagued the life sciences business domain for years.

About the speaker: Rochelle Maly is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of an Enterprise Software Company providing software solutions to the Life Sciences Industry. Maly's career spans more than 25 years during which the majority has been spent in all aspects of Information Technology - Managing Consulting, Enterprise Software, Software Development. Maly earned a B.A. in Mathematics from SXU which she attended on a softball scholarship. She was a two-time All-American and SXU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee.


Mathematics Department Welcome Back Meet and Greet

Friday, September 8, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Fourth Floor Board Room
Warde Academic Center
(One floor above the Mathematics Department)

Come for a pizza lunch to catch up with math faculty, incoming math students, returning math students, as well as our Archimedeans Math Club Officers and members. We hope to see you there!


Math Summer Camps

June 26-30, 2017
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Chicago Campus

Two camps were being offered in summer 2017: Mathematics and Art Summer Camp, for middle school students (entering grades 6, 7, and 8) and Secrets of Mathematics Summer Camp, for high school students.