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Second annual women in mathematics event to be held at UW-Eau Claire

January 29, 2014
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Left to Right: Dr. Carolyn Otto, assistant professor of mathematics; Meghan Christenson, mathematics major; Leah Grancorvitz, mathematics major; Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, assistant professor of mathematics; Dr. Jennifer Harrison, assistant professor of mathematics
 

Colloquium scheduled in conjunction with women in mathematics event

As a part of this year's Sonia Kovalevsky Day, the mathematics department is hosting a special colloquium open to all UW-Eau Claire STEM majors from 4-7 p.m. March 7 in Hibbard Hall room 102. Funding for the colloquium is provided by the Visiting Minority Scholars and Artists Program.

The colloquium will feature Dr. Candice Price, guest speaker for the event and assistant professor of mathematics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and panelists, who will give 20-minute research presentations with a question-and-answer period to follow.

Refreshments will be served, and UW-Eau Claire faculty and students will have the opportunity to network with the guests.

For more information, contact Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, assistant professor of mathematics, at lewisdc@uwec.edu or 715-836-4821, or Dr. Carolyn Otto, assistant professor of mathematics, at ottoa@uwec.edu or 715-836-3265.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the second annual women in mathematics event for high school and middle school students and teachers March 8 on the UW-Eau Claire campus to celebrate Sonia Kovalevsky High School and Middle School Mathematics Day. The event is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Fellows.

"The goal of this year's event is to motivate and encourage high school and middle school girls to pursue careers and higher education in STEM fields," said Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of mathematics. "We plan to do this by engaging them in game-themed workshops that involve math. The ultimate goals are to show them that they can have fun learning and doing math, and that diversity in math does exist."

This year's event is titled "DI-versity in Math: Gaming to Promote Exposure" and will consist of hands-on activities and workshops, such as "Math Geocaching," "Farmville," "MarioKart — Real Life," "Math Stations: Let's Make a Deal, Deal or no Deal and 24," and "Math Monopoly." There also will be a math competition titled "Math Jeopardy."

A panel discussion titled "Increasing Diversity in STEM and Ways in which High School and Middle School Girls Can Make Contributions" will feature women who are faculty members at various institutions and who have careers in the mathematics field. This year's guest speaker is Dr. Candice Price, an assistant professor of mathematics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about college courses and majors involving mathematics and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required by March 1. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided to all participants. For more information and registration forms, visit the Sonia Kovalevsky High School and Middle School Mathematics Day website.

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