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PPRUMC 2021

18th Annual Pikes Peak Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (PPRUMC)

Saturday, February 27th, 2021
Hosted VIRTUALLY by Colorado College

About
The focus of this annual conference is to give undergraduate mathematics students an opportunity to present their research and expository projects in a professional setting. Students throughout the Pikes Peak region and beyond are strongly encouraged to present in the areas of mathematics, mathematics education and the history of mathematics. Presentation topics could include the results of classroom or independent study, as he focus of this annual conference is to give undergraduate mathematics students an opportunity to present their research and expository projects in a professional setting. Students throughout the Pikes Peak region and beyond are strongly encouraged to present in the areas of mathematics, mathematics education and the history of mathematics. Presentation topics could include the results of classroom or independent study, as well as REU or other research projects. Both research and expository topics are welcome. Students who do not present are also encouraged to attend, and learn more about the mathematics profession, including graduate school and career opportunities. 

 

Tenative Schedule (all times in MST)
Student talks are 15 minutes each
9:00-9:15 Welcome Remarks
9:15-10:15 "Simple Stupid Examples: They Are All We've Got!", by Dr. Kenneth Monks (Front Range Community College, Boulder Campus)
10:30-12:00 Student presentations
12:00-12:45 Lunch break
12:45-1:05 Interactive Activity
1:15-2:45 Student presentations
3:00-4:00 Panel on careers in mathematics


Keynote Speaker Bio:
Kenneth M. Monks was born in 1984 in Northeast Pennsylvania, where his mother and father respectively teach in the mathematics departments of Penn State University - Hazleton Campus and University of Scranton. After being homeschooled by his father in mathematics, he completed a Bachelor of Mathematics at University of Scranton. He matriculated at Colorado State University where he earned a master’s and then a PhD in mathematics. Upon graduation, he became faculty at Front Range Community College - Boulder County Campus (BCC), where he has worked ever since. In his time at BCC, he has found great success as a mentor to the students there, especially in coaching a competitive Putnam Club, which placed in the top third in the nation in 2019. He has become a highly active member of the OER movement, transitioning the entire BCC calculus sequence to custom authored OER in his time there. Furthermore, he has become a site tester/author/fanboy for TRIUMPHS (TRansforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources), an NSF-backed group that is creating Primary Source Projects for the mathematics classroom and studying the effect of using them. When not talking about Euler, Ken loves lifting weights with his beautiful strong wife Faith, cooking and eating excessive amounts of eggs and pasta with their hungry 1-year old Rocco, and playing music in the Northern Colorado scene. In 2020, The Mathematical Association of America awarded Ken the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member to honor beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extra ordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms. This national award is the MAA’s highest teaching honor for early-career mathematics faculty.
Kenneth Monks

 

Talk Title:  “Simple Stupid Examples: They’re All We've Got!''
Talk Abstract:  While mathematics certainly celebrates cleverness and flashes of insight, nearly all mathematical progress at the end of the day happens by just working out really simple examples from which progress is incrementally made.  

Registration
Registration is free to all participants.
The deadline for registration for students wishing to give a talk is Friday, February 19th
. 
Otherwise, the deadline for registration is Friday, February 26th.
Use the following link to register:
https://forms.gle/AmP4tB5y1JkDB9F38


More Information
More information may be found on this conference web page (information will be updated as registration proceeds). If you have any questions, please contact the conference organizers Dr. Beth Malmskog (bmalmskog@coloradocollege.edu) or Dr. Molly Moran (mmoran@coloradocollege.edu)

 

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