Welcome to the Department's Undergraduate Student Organization. The Math Club is open to all undergraduate students with an interest in mathematics. We hold several meetings a semester on topics of interest to students. Meetings may feature a talk on an interesting piece of mathematics, information about opportunities for mathematics students during the summer or career information.
Students who are interested in organizing additional activities should contact Professor Carolyn Yarnall (carolyn.yarnall@uky.edu), Rafael Gonzalez D'Leon (rafaeldleon@uky.edu), or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Alberto Corso (alberto.corso@uky.edu).
The UK Math Club is a registered group with the Student Government Association (SGA) at UK. Click here to view the UK Math Club Constitution.
Useful links: these links include, but are not limited to, scholarship and research opportunities,
national professional organizations and government websites.
 UK Student Government Association (SGA) and funding oppurtunities from the SGA
 Goldwater Scholarships
 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF page) or view this alternative site (AMS page) or view this Google site
 National Security Agency (NSA) and internships at NSA (see flyer; deadline: October 15th of each year)
 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 15, 2011)
 SMART Scholarship Program: The SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities. A comprehensive list of facilities can be found on the SMART website. This is a highly competitive, national program, open to U.S. citizens only. The application deadline is December 1, 2011.
 Intensive Mathematics: a Mentoring, Education and Research Summer Experience (IMMERSE)
 Pi Mu Epsilon (historically UK is the 14th chapter of this honor society)
 Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
 American Mathematical Society (AMS)
 Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
 Noetherian Ring: a group for women in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky
 UK Math Movie of the Month
 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
 Society of Actuaries (SOA)
 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
 MATCH Teacher Residency: The program is located in Boston. Basically, they give recent college graduates one year of incredibly intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. They then help graduates find positions in highneed schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.
Academic Year 201617
[Math Club activities in AY 201617 are supported by the Dr. J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Excellence Fund in Mathematics]
 November 10, 2016
Location POT 745 from 56pm
Title: Polynomial Approximations
Speaker: Amelia Tebbe, UIUC
Abstract: As mathematicians, we study many different kinds of functions. From a computational standpoint, it is often easier to work with an approximation of the function we are studying. We will discuss two methods of polynomial approximation, Lagrangian Interpolation and the Taylor Series, and the relationship between them.
 October 27, 2016
Thomas HuntMorgan Biological Sciences Building Room 107 from 56pm
Eaves Lecture  Ramanujan: The Man Who Knew Infinity
Speaker: Ken Ono, Emory University
More Information: Eaves Lecture Page
 October 13, 2016
CB 201 from 56pm
Graduate School Panel
Panelists: Dr. Kate Ponto, Julianne Vega, McCabe Olsen, Moderator: Darleen PerezLavin
What is graduate school in mathematics all about? Should you attend? How can you prepare for it? Come learn all about graduate school from experienced graduate students and faculty.
 October 6, 2016
CB 208 from 56pm
Title: EXPLODING DOTS!!!
Speaker: Ben Braun, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky
Abstract: We will work through a series of cool activities based on a simple model called Exploding Dots. Exploding dots provides a framework that unifies elementary arithmetic, high school algebra, infinite series from Calculus II, and beyond. Exploding dots is so awesome, it is being used as the central activity for the Global Math Week in October 2017 from the Global Math Project, see www.theglobalmathproject.org. So, for math club this week, come prepared to do math with friends and find out what everyone is so excited about!
 September 15, 2016
POT 745 from 56pm
Title: Transfer maps in calculus, algebra, and topology
Speaker: John Lind (Reed College)
Abstract: Transfer maps (also known as "umkehr" or wrongway maps) are
certain sorts of functions that go in an unexpected direction. In
other words, their source and target are opposite from what is
expected in the given context. Transfer maps can provide surprisingly
deep information about the objects that they are defined on. I will
show you some examples that you may already know very well, and then
will describe a more exotic transfer map that arises by understanding
the geometry of loops in an algebraic way.
 September 8, 2016
Organizational Meeting
This will be the first Math Club meeting of the semester. We will discuss the activities for the semester.
Academic Year 201415
[Math Club activities in Spring 2015 are supported by the Dr. J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Excellence Fund in Mathematics]
 April 23, 2015
POT 745 from 5:005:50pm
Connecting calculus and statistics using texting and genetics
Katherine Thompson, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky Department of Statistics Using texting as an example, we will connect concepts from calculus (specifically integration) to statistics. In addition, we will consider part of her research in statistical genetics as another example. We will also mention what is required to obtain an undergraduate minor in statistics.
 April 16, 2015
CB 204 from 4:305:50pm
My favorite unsolved math problems, interesting new developments in psychology, and various reasons why infinity makes me nervous
Ben Braun, Associate Professor, Wimberly and Betty Rooyster Research Professor, University of Kentucky Department of Mathematics
Abstract: Mathematicians and scientists spend much of their time thinking about how to solve problems that no one knows how to solve. There are lots of cool unsolved math problems that are easy to explain and think about (even for elementary and high school students), but that are nevertheless incredibly hard for professional mathematicians to make any progress on. In this talk, I'll share a few of my favorite unsolved math problems, and discuss why they are my favorites. Along the way, we'll talk about some recent research in psychology and sociology that comes into play when people struggle to understand the mathematical unknown.
Sign in sheet
 April 9, 2015
SIAM Talk
CP 222 from 4:305:50pm
Reception is at 4:30pm, the talk begins at 5pm
The Problem of BusBunching and What to Do About It
Dr. John Bartholdi from Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract: The main challenge for an urban bus system is to maintain constant headways between successive buses. Most bus systems try to adhere to a schedule, but the natural dynamics of the system tends to collapse headways so that buses travel in bunches. What can be done about it? We discuss some models of the phenomenon and show some ways to coordinating buses. In addition, we introduce a new idea that abandons the idea of a schedule and any a priori headway and enables equal headways to emerge spontaneously. We also report on the implementation for a public bus route in Atlanta.
(joint work with Donald D. Eisenstein, University of Chicago)
 April 2, 2015
POT 745 from 5:306:30pm
Generatingfunctionology
(Or looking for a closed formula for the Fibonacci sequence)
Rafael S. González D'leòn, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Kentucky
A beautiful formula for the integer sequence of Fibonnacci numbers, already known by Abraham de Moivre in the 17th century, will give us enough motivation to introduce a very useful technique in Combinatorics to find closed formulas for sequences defined by a recurrence relation.
 March 26, 2015
POT 745 from 56pm
Luis Sordo Vieira
Due to an email issue this talk was attended by only one undergraduate. This talk will be given again, sometime next spring.
When can integers be written as the sum of squares?
From Pythagoras, to Fermat, to Legendre, mathematicians have been interested in representation of integers by sums of squares. Legendre's beautiful 4 square theorem states that any positive integer can be represented as the sum of 4 squares. For example 1+4+4+9=18. One easily checks that 7 cannot be written as the sum of 3 squares. How well
 March 5, 2015
Poster
Cancelled on account of snow. We will hopefully be rescheduled for April 2nd. CB 106 from 4:305:50pm
Wesley Hough will present a documentary that he worked on while at Hanover College "In the Footsteps of Newton". For more details on the documentary visit the following link
Other items that we might discuss
 The Director of Graduate Studies, Peter Perry, recommends the following link which has a list of Math REUs.
 Spring Speakers for 2015 have been confirmed and they are listed on the Math Club Web page.
 MCM teams are strongly encouraged to present their models at the 2015 Kentucky Section Annual Meeting, March 2728 at Morehead State University
 We have decided to host the Cubing competition in the fall rather than this Spring
 Math problem of the month provided by Ryan Anglin
A standard sixsided die is rolled repeatedly and a running total is kept of all the numbers rolled. Which of 2, 6, 1006 is more likely to be one of these totals?
 February 26, 2015
CHEMPHYS 155 from 45:00pm
Instead of having a Math and Pizza talk, students are encouraged to attend the Van Winter Memorial Lecture. The speaker is Ingrid Daubechies of Duke University. Professor Daubechies is know for her work with wavlets, which are an incredibly useful basis for analyzing signals and processing images. For more information visit the following link.
 February 6, 2015
Math and Pizza Talk
POT 745 from 3:30pm5pm
Steven Jones, ASA, MAAA from Humana will give a presentation on the actuarial profession.
 January 22, 2015
Math Club Meeting
POT 745 from 5pm6pm
We will discuss the Mathematical Modeling Contest~(MCM) that will take place February 5February 9. Teams consist of at most three students. It would be nice if we could form at least two teams. Jacob Hempel and Yanxi Li who competed last year for UK will hopefully be attending the meeting. If you plan on competing please make arrangements with your professors for any assignments/exams that might be due during the contest. Graduate Students, George Lytle and Fouche Smith will also be present to help assist in the discussion. To get you in the right mind set for the competition please read Secrets of the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, and for other articles about the MCM, check out the MCM Resource page.
Tentative MCM teams
 Jacob Hempel, David Bowles, Zach Caldwell
 William Sanders, Jacob Miller, Alex Mueller
 Santiago de Leon, Matthew Park, Gregory Denton
 Malvin Seow, Sami Sultan, Ryan Anglin
 Other items that we might discuss
 Spring Speakers. So far we have confirmation from Wesley Hough, Luis Sordo Viera, Rafael Gonzolez D'Leon. We have not heard from Katherine Thompson or Derek Eggers.
 2015 Kentucky Section Annual Meeting, March 2728 at Morehead State University
 Hosting a cubing competition, March 7
 December 11, 2014
Math Club Meeting
POT 745 from 5pm to 6pm.
Brad Fox will a give talk. His talk is suppose to appopriate for a job talk that he will have to give to undergraduate students.
Other items that we might discuss
 Math Modeling Contest practice sessions
 Calendar of events for next semester
 Hosting a cubing competition, need to decide on a time
 Math problem of the Month:
 Solution by Matthew Fahrbach
 November 13, 2014
Math Club Meeting
Robert Cass, Evan Castle, McCabe Olsen, and Robert Davis will discuss Math REUs. If there is time we will talk about registering for classes in the Spring.
Other items that we might discuss
 Hosting a cubing competition, should be easy to get a room, no more than fifty people for past competitions
 Graduate Student Combinatorics conference, is on March 2728
 Next Speaker, Brad Fox?
 Potential Speakers: Mr. Eggers, Katherine Thompson, Brad Fox, Wesley Hough, Luis Sordo Vieira
 Wesley Hough took part in making a documentary on Issac Newton, should we arrange a showing.
 Math Skellar: Contact Johnathan Thompson is supposed to be in charge of hiring, but Jack Schmidt might still be in charge
 Undergraduate research during the semester
 November 3, 2014 (poster)
Celebration of Mind: an event celebrating Marting Gardner's Birthday
organized by Cyrus Hettle, University of Kentucky
 October 30, 2014
Math Club Meeting
We will continue the items mentioned at the first meeting:
 Hosting a cubing competition: World Cubing Association
Need to find a venue, pick a date, and draft a budget.
 Math REUs: Robert Cass found the details for the university's information session on REUs which will be held on November 12 at 5:30pm. Space is limited, so you must register. Link
Will organize a panel of students that have participated in an REU.
 Might form a panel of professors on Math REUsMight invite someone from Kent State
 KY MAA sectional meeting: Math Club can pay for Banquet tickets.
 Requested a speaker for Spring from Google, former UK Undergrad Matt Cutts
 Potential Speaker, Katherine Thompson former UK undergrad, currently a professor in the UK statistics department.
 UK's Next Top Model: an Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
 In this talk, we explore the modeling process used by applied mathematicians working on reallife problems. We discuss some examples of these models as well as how to communicate them in a professional setting. The context of this talk is the presentation of solutions to the Consortium on Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) Mathematical Contest in Modeling. However, the skills discussed are absolutely vital to doing and communicating mathematics in an industrial setting. See SIAM's guide to math modeling, Handbook.
 October 23, 2014 (poster)
Untangling the Double Twist
Dan Ramras, IndianaPurdue University Indianapolis
 October 16, 2014
Organizational Meeting
Discussed the following items
 Having Biweekly meetings in addition to any speakers that we invite
 Organizing a trip to the Kentucky MAA sectional meeting
 Inviting someone to talk about Math REUsMight invite someone from Kent State
 Organize a cubing competition
 Participating the Mathematical Contest for Modeling  George Lytle
 Celebration of Mind Event Cyrus Hettle
Academic Year 201314
 November 13, 2013 (poster)
TBA
Augustine O'Keefe, University of Kentucky
 October 17, 2013 (poster)
Linear Algebra and ErrorCorrecting Codes
Carolyn Yarnall, Wabash College
 October 2, 2013 (poster)
Lessons from the Lamprey Genome:
Origin and Evolution of LargeScale Genomic Change
Jeramiah Smith, Department of Biology, University of Kentucky
 September 28, 2013 (link)
Third Annual Bluegrass Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium,
Centre College, Danville, KY
Synopsis: The Centre College Math Program is thrilled to announce that they will be hosting the third annual Bluegrass Undergraduate Math Symposium on September 28, 2013. They have wonderful things planned this year. First, they are excited that Michael Dorff from Brigham Young University will be giving the invited talk entitled "Shortest paths, soap films, and mathematics". He received his PhD in complex analysis from the University of Kentucky and is the founder and director of the $2.6 million NSFfunded Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM).
In addition to student talks and the invited address, they also plan to hold a career panel. The career panel will consist of several former math majors from various institutions with a range of mathematics degrees. They will discuss their current career as well as give advice to current undergraduate math majors.
The conference registration form is already active. You can find the registration form under the registration tab on the symposium website. This year, they again have money to help with travel. Money will be given on a firstcomefirstserve basis.
Feel free to email Lesley Wiglesworth at lesley.wiglesworth@centre.edu with any questions.
Academic Year 201213
 April 4, 2013 (poster)
Applying to graduate school in Mathematics
Russell Brown and Megan Gier, University of Kentucky
 March 19, 2013 (poster)
Fiftyfifty odds?
Jaimal Thind, University of Toronto
 February 21, 2013 (poster)
Euler Characteristic: and introduction to thinking topologically
Anna Marie Bohmann, Northwestern University
 November 1, 2012 (poster)
Are matrices the only ''things'' which have eigenvalues?
Jeff Ovall, University of Kentucky
 October 26, 2012 (poster)
Celebration of Mind: an event celebrating Martin Gardner's birthday
organized by Cyrus Hettle, University of Kentucky
 October 19, 2012 (article from the Kentucky Kernel)
Q&A sessions with students (1010:50 am, room SC 230)
Matt Cutts, Google
Short bio: A native of Morehead, Kentucky, Matt Cutts graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences in 1995. At UK, Cutts majored in both Computer Science and Mathematics and worked for the Department of Defense as part of UK's cooperative program. Cutts earned a number of scholarships and academic honors at UK, including a Singletary Scholarship, Dean's Scholarship in Arts and Sciences, and a Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities. Cutts worked closely with UK faculty on 3D imaging and scanning and took graduate classes as an undergrad, conducting research that fueled his interests. After graduating, Cutts completed his M.S. at the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill, where he worked on a doctoral degree in computer graphics before joining Google as a software engineer. One of the first 100 Google employees ever, Matt Cutts is now the head of Google's webspam engineer team. Cutts wrote the first version of Safesearch, Google's family filter and, works on improving search results in the world's largest search engine. As a crucial member of the Google team and an avid blogger, Matt Cutts is one of the most public faces of the world's largest search engine. Cutts lives in the Bay Area in California.
 October 11, 2012 (poster)
Visualizing Spheres
Niles Johnson, The Ohio State University, Newark
Academic Year 201112
Officers: Jenna Noll (President), Tara Martin (Vice President), Cyrus Hettle (Secretary), Maria Richards (Treasurer)
During the period of September 518, 2011, Math Club was featured as Group of the Week on the Peer Resource Team website.
 April 19, 2012 (poster)
Partitions, Pictures, Pentagonal Numbers, and the Letter...q
Glen M. Lilly, Chief/Mathematics Research Group, National Security Agency (NSA)
 March 21, 2012 (poster)
$15,274,896,523,823 and Counting: Numbers That Matter,
William Hoyt and David E. Wildasin, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and Department of Economics,
University of Kentucky
 February 22, 2012 (poster)
Curious Catalan Numbers,
Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University
 November 30, 2011 (poster)
The Music of Group Theory,
Bonnie Smith, University of Kentucky
 November 2, 2011 (poster)
How to make the best slide...ever!,
Nick Kirby, University of Kentucky
 October 21, 2011 (poster)
Celebration of Mind: an event to celebrate Martin Gardner's birthday
organized by Robert Schneider, University of Kentucky
AlJabar: A game of strategy invented by Robert P. Schneider and Cyrus Hettle
 October 12, 2011 (poster)
Fighting Back a Viral Attack with a Virus
Gisela Garcia, Biology, University of Kentucky
 September 17, 2011 (link)
Field trip to the First Annual Bluegrass Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium,
Centre College, Danville, KY
 UK Student Presenters:

 Virgil Barnard, Independent Proof of the Law of Quadratic Reciprocity


 Jessica McKim, Compositions Constrained by Graph Laplacian Minors: Part I


 Jenna Noll, Compositions Constrained by Graph Laplacian Minors: Part II


 Robert Schneider, A Golden Pair of Identities in the Theory of Numbers (pdf of talk)

 September 9, 2011 (poster)
Noetherian Ring Tea,
The Noetherian Ring (a group to support women in Math) will be holding a Celebratory Tea on Friday, September 9, in POT 745 from 23PM. Snacks and beverages will be provided. ALL female math undergraduates are invited to join in celebrating our new female grad students as well as the recent accomplishments of the women in our department.
Academic Year 201011
Officers: Andy Smith (President), Olivia Gatten (Vice President), Fontanez Danielle (Secretary; resigned), Katie Jones (Treasurer)
 April 27, 2011 (poster)
Shortest paths, soap films, and the shape of the universe,
Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University
 March 23, 2011 (poster)
$399 per person (?): How to divide rent so everyone is happy,
Kate Ponto, University of Kentucky
 February 17, 2011 (poster)
Meet a real live actuary...,
Chris Cunliffe, Bobo Strategy (Chicago)
 December 2, 2009 (poster)
Research Experiences for Undergraduates & Mathematical Contest in Modeling,
Katie Jones, University of Kentucky, and undergraduate guests from Asbury University
 October 21, 2010 (poster)
Math for Life: how math can be used throughtlife for work and fun,
John K. Stahl, Global Electronic Management Services (GEMS)
 September 29, 2010 (poster)
Welcome Back Meeting: Math Club Activities for AY 2010/11,
Ben Braun, Russell Brown, Katy Ott, and David Royster, University of Kentucky
Academic Year 200910
Officers: Katie Volz (President), Andy Smith (Vice President), Emilia Witt (Secretary), Katie Jones (Treasurer)
 April, 2010 (Geek Week event)
The Mathematics of Juggling,
Richard Ehrenborg, University of Kentucky
This event was featured in the Kentucky Kernel. You can read the article here.
 April 1, 2010 (poster)
How Always to Win at Limbo,
Ed Burger, Williams College
 March 24, 2010 (poster)
Registering for Upper Division fall Classes and Upcoming UK Math Club Elections,
Russell Brown, Kathi Hume, and David Royster, University of Kentucky
 February 17, 2010 (poster)
The Stable marriage Theorem,
Margaret Readdy, University of Kentucky
 December 2, 2009 (poster)
Summer Research Opportunities for Mathematics Students,
David Cook and Erin Militzer, University of Kentucky
 November 4, 2009 (poster)
When Zombies Attack! Mathematical modeling of an outbreak of zombie infection,
Alan Demlow, University of Kentucky
This event was featured in the Kentucky Kernel. You can read the article here.
 September 30,2009 (poster)
Applying to a Graduate Program,
William Griffith and Qiang Ye, University of Kentucky
Academic Year 200809
 April 1, 2009 (poster)
The Netflix Prize: How Mathematics Can Predict Movies You'll Love,
Katharine Ott, University of Kentucky
 March 5, 2009 (poster)
Tangents to Four Unit Spheres: An Introduction to Enumerative Algebraic Geometry,
David Cox, Amherst College
 February 4, 2009 (poster)
Summer research programs for mathematics students,
Amanda Harsy, Joel Kilty, Ashley Larsen, and Erin Militzer, University of Kentucky
 November 10, 2008 (poster)
The Role of an Actuary in a Socially Responsible Insurance Company and the State of the Insurance Market,
Kathryn Enochs Herzog ACAS, MAAA, Chief Actuary at The Redwoods Group
 October 16, 2008 (poster)
My Random Walk,
J. Terry Ginn, UK Mathematics Alumnus
 September 24, 2008 (poster)
How Your Vote is Counted Matters More Than How You Vote: A Geometric Approach to Voting Theory,
Ben Braun, University of Kentucky
Intermediate events
 March 28, 2008 (poster)
Srinivasa Ramanujan: A SelfTaught Genius,
David Bressoud, Macalester College
 November 7, 2006 (poster)
Mathematical image processing: what can we do about these images?,
Sung Ha Kang, University of Kentucky
 April 6, 2006 (poster)
The History of Imaginary Numbers,
Robin Hartshorne, University of California at Berkeley
Academic Year 200102
 March 27, 2002 (poster)
The soap bubble geometry contest,
Frank Morgan, Williams College
 March 6, 2002 (poster)
Introduction to a career as an actuary,
Jody Fast, Western and Southern Life Insurance, Cincinnati (Ohio)
 January 16, 2002 (poster)
Undergraduate research opportunities in the mathematical sciences,
John Scoville (Physics) and Kathy Sharrow (Mathematics), University of Kentucky
 October 17, 2001 (poster)
Finding rational points on circles and other conic sections,
David Leep, University of Kentucky
 September 19, 2001 (poster)
Imaginary numbers: Are they really needed?,
Jim Brennan, University of Kentucky
 August 29, 2001 (poster)
The Mathematics of Juggling,
Richard Ehrenborg, University of Kentucky
Academic Year 200001
 April 16, 2001 (poster)
Some irrational numbers,
Russell Brown, University of Kentucky
 March 26, 2001 (poster)
Optimization Problems of Justin_Time Supply Systems,
Keng Chuah, Mining Engineering, University of Kentucky
 February 12, 2001 (poster)
The marriage theorem,
Margaret Readdy, University of Kentucky
 November 6, 2000 (poster)
Using BIG numbers to keep BIG Secrets,
Carl Cowen, Purdue University
 October 9, 2000 (poster)
R.L. Moore and the Moore method,
Jim Wells, University of Kentucky
 September 11, 2000 (poster)
An amazing continuous function,
Serge Ochanine, University of Kentucky
Academic Year 19992000
 April 13, 2000 (poster)
The Freshman Binomial Theorem,
Ed Enochs, University of Kentucky
 March 9, 2000 (poster)
Montecarlo simulations,
T.C. Christopher, Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative
 February 10, 2000 (poster)
Tomography and inverse problems...,
Charles Groetsch, University of Cincinnati
 November 18, 1999 (poster)
Interest in Grad School in Math or Statistical fields?,
Jody Fast (Math), Bill Griffith (Stat) and David Johnson (Math), University of Kentucky
 October 14, 1999 (poster)
Summer opportunities for undergraduate math students,
Connie Fournelle, Charlotte Ochanine and Ian Winokur, University of Kentucky
 September 13, 1999 (poster)
Games, Puzzles, and Polyhedra,
Carl Lee, University of Kentucky
Corrections to: carolyn.yarnall@uky.edu or rafaeldleon@uky.edu
