Mathematics Department issues HB2 statement

In response to the recently passed NC House Bill 2 (HB2), the Mathematics Department at UNC has issued the following statement:


Take me out to the ballgame

In what is quickly becoming an annual start-of-year tradition, a group of Carolina Mathematics faculty, students and staff took in a Durham Bulls game together last night. Thanks to Laurie Straube for being the ringleader for this outing and for taking pictures of everyone having a great time.

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And, in case you were wondering, the Bulls won.

Fluids Lab in campus commercial

Congratulations to everyone in the Joint Fluids Lab for their appearance in the new 30-second campus commercial, “What is it that Binds Us to this Place” 2014 Edition.

Carolina Math Club

A student-led undergraduate math club was recently started by freshmen Anya Katsevich (President), David Spencer (Vice President), and several other students. So far the club has hosted mathematical talks by both Prof Karl Petersen and by undergraduate David Yavenditti. The club has also organized a panel discussion on summer opportunities for math majors, including REU programs, summer research with a professor, study abroad, and summer internships with companies. Current and former undergraduates shared their experiences of these different opportunities, and a representative from the Study Abroad Office was on hand to answer questions.

The club is planning more activities for the spring semester. For more information, see the club on Facebook and Student Life.

Thanks to Justin Sawon for serving as the faculty advisor, with additional help from Linda Green.

Annual Holiday Party Fun

The Department gathered at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center last week for its annual holiday potluck dinner and party. Continuing the “bring your own” theme, musical entertainment was provided by a group of students, as captured on video.

Special thank you to the department’s Graduate Mathematics Association, in particular Amanda Snedegar and Travis McElroy, for organizing this event. See you all in 2014.

Welcoming in a new academic year

The new academic year is already in full stride here in Chapel Hill, with classes well underway and a new cohort of graduate students. As part of the celebration of the new academic year, a large number of department faculty, staff and graduate students took in a Durham Bulls game together, where everyone had a great time.

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Thank yous to Sunny Oakley and Laurie Straube for the photos.

Prospective graduate students visit Department

Today and tomorrow (March 22-23), the Department of Mathematics hosts its annual campus visit event for prospective students in our graduate program. Today’s activities focus primarily on the academic program in the Department, transitioning after dinner to an opportunity for the visiting prospective students to explore campus and Chapel Hill tonight and tomorrow. Over 30 students have been offered admission to our graduate program for Fall 2013, with a significant number of those students visiting the campus this weekend to help guide their decisions about where to continue their studies.

Professors Greg Forest and Laura Miller discuss research topics with interested prospective students.

Graduate student Justin Allman describes his work.

Professor Pat Eberlein discusses the graduate program with prospective students.

Special thank yous to all of the faculty, students and staff who helped put this event together.