Mathematics Day

Saturday, October 18

Carver Science Center 200-298 W Clinton Ave, Indianola, IA 50125, USA

~~Discover why studying mathematics at Simpson may be a terrific choice for your future. You will meet Simpson professors and students and explore the exciting events occurring in and out of the Department of Mathematics. You will also have the opportunity to meet with Simpson alumni and learn about many career choices in this field. For more information email rick.spellerberg@simpson.edu .

Event Schedule: 

Friday, October 17, 2014 

6:30 – ? Pizza and Games – Hosted by the Math Club

Join us for games and pizza. This is a great opportunity to meet students in the Math Club and hear about their experiences while enjoying some friendly competition. Let us know if you are interested in staying overnight on campus. This Friday event is optional. We suggest if you are interested in attending this event, you come to campus earlier in the day so you can sit in on a class and meet a faculty member.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 

8:00 – 8:30 Check-in – Atrium of Carver Science Center. Coffee, juice, rolls, and muffins will be provided.

8:30 – 8:35 Welcome – Dr. Bill Schellhorn, Chair of the Mathematics Department

8:35 – 9:05 Math majors can do anything! – Dr. Rick Spellerberg

Some students are interested in actuarial science or math, but may not think of majoring in the fields because they do not know what jobs they can obtain with an actuarial science or math degree. We will discuss the wide variety of areas that recent graduates have gone into using the skills they developed through studying actuarial science and mathematics. We will also explain why a math degree is so valuable to employers.

9:05 – 10:00 Interactive presentation about a topic in mathematics

This past summer, Dr. Bill Schellhorn led a group of Simpson students in the Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics at Simpson College. The main product of the students work was the development of a sophisticated algorithm that can be employed to pick a person’s fantasy football team. This presentation will be led by Bill and his students and will focus on the specifics behind the algorithm. As part of the presentation, members of the audience will get to test their fantasy football drafting skills against the algorithm.

10:15 – 11:15 Optional activities offered by Admissions for Fall Visit Day.

During this time students can attend various academic program browsing sessions across campus, attend a poster session where some of our current students will talk with you about the recent research they have conducted, go on a campus tour, or just hang out in Carver and meet members of our faculty, graduates, or current students.

11:15 – 11:45 How I use math in my career – Simpson Math Graduates

Several graduates will discuss their careers and how they use math on a daily basis.

11:45 – 12:15 Who studies mathematics? – Faculty, Graduates, and Current Students

You will meet current students and hear why they chose to study mathematics, what careers they plan to pursue, and what studying mathematics in college is all about. We will also introduce you to our mathematics faculty and some graduates. You may be surprised by the wide variety of career opportunities afforded to students that study mathematics.

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch and informal conversations. – Faculty, Graduates, and Current Students

This is your opportunity to connect with other mathematicians. Over lunch you will have the opportunity to talk with graduates about their career paths and experiences. You will also have the opportunity to talk with faculty members and current students in the program.

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