Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium
Saturday, October 24, 2015
University of Illinois at Chicago

Organized by Alex Austin, David Dumas, Steven Hurder, and Kevin Tucker

About the symposium

The Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at UIC is an annual one-day meeting focusing on undergraduate mathematical research and education. The meeting features invited lectures by mathematical researchers, as well as contributed lectures and posters by undergraduates on their own research projects.

The next UMS will be held at UIC on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

UMS 2015 Poster (PDF)

Download the symposium poster

Click here to register to attend / apply to present

Plenary lectures

Attending the symposium

Everyone is welcome to attend the symposium. To help with our planning, we ask that attendees complete the registration form.


All symposium events will take place in the Science and Engineering Offices building (SEO) on UIC's East Campus. Registration, lunch and coffee will be provided in room 300, while the lectures will take place in room 636.

Schedule of events

Plenary lectures are 50 minutes and student lectures 20 minutes; breaks of 10 minutes between talks allow for questions and discussion. A catered lunch of sandwiches and salads is provided for all symposium participants.

8:15 - 8:50am Sign-in and coffee in SEO 300
Morning session — Plenary Lectures — SEO 636
8:55am Opening remarks
9:00am Jayadev Athreya (UIUC) — Density in Apollonian packings
10:00am Chelsea Walton (Temple University) — Hamilton's quaternions
11:00am Henry Segerman (Oklahoma State University) — How to make sculptures of 4-dimensional things
12:00pm Lunch in SEO 300
Afternoon Session 1 — Student lectures — SEO 636
1:00pm Yao-Rui Yeo (University of Minnesota) — The Hurwitz Existence Problem
1:30pm John Spaw (Millikin University) — Locating Numbers and Sets for Disconnected Graphs
2:00pm Alex Page (UIUC) — The Broken Stick Problem in Higher Dimensions: From a Classic Puzzle to Modern Distance Geometry
2:30pm Coffee break in SEO 300
Afternoon session 2 — Student lectures and Poster Session — SEO 636 and SEO 300
3:00pm Elena Malloy (Yale University) — Quasi-synchronization on a fractal network of logistic maps
3:30pm Ben Lowe (University of Chicago) — Configuration Spaces of Hinge Structures and Singularities
4:00 - 5:00pm Poster Session in SEO 300


For further information, please contact Kevin Tucker (kftucker@uic.edu).