Moravian to Host 25th Annual Student Mathematics Conference Feb. 26

Moravian College will host the 25th Annual Student Mathematics Conference on Saturday, February 26 in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex. Keynote speaker Sommer Gentry, associate professor of mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy, will present "Faster, Safer, Healthier: Adventures in Operations Research" at 9:40 a.m.

Operations research is a branch of mathematics focused on applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions and can be used to solve everyday problems. Gentry is known for her operations research work to increase the supply of kidneys available for patients who need a transplant. Operations research techniques proved the impact of paired donation on the kidney shortage, motivating Congress to pass a law allowing the United Network for Organ Sharing to arrange these transplants.

About 150 students from colleges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as from local high schools, are expected to attend the conference. Students will present their work from 10:50 until noon, and after lunch, from 1:15 until 3:00 p.m.

"Our goal is to provide a forum for mathematics students to share their work with their peers," said Kevin Hartshorn, Moravian assistant professor of mathematics. "This includes not only students working on honors projects, but also students who have done interesting work through independent study or through their coursework.

"A second goal is to help foster a sense of mathematical community. Students who attend can see what kinds of research can be done at the undergraduate level, then begin to make connections with one another and as part of the mathematical community that extends beyond any one campus."

The conference is sponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honor society and LVAIC. View the schedule and registration information here.