SIAM Student Chapter Math Conference Continues to Grow as It Enters Third Year

May 11, 2018

The dynamics of blood coagulation, evolution of language and carnivore foraging strategies were just a few of the many topics discussed at the third annual Central Valley Regional Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Student Chapter Conference held on the UC Merced campus April 27.

UC Merced’s student chapter of SIAM hosted the conference, which attracted scores of undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities around the Central Valley, including UC Merced, UC Davis, California State University, Stanislaus, and Merced College.

As in previous years, the conference included meet-and-greets, SIAM news updates, an invited keynote speaker and a student poster session. This year’s event also featured an expanded awards ceremony, which for the first time included prizes for student poster presentations.

Chapter President Mario Banuelos received the SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition for his “outstanding efforts and accomplishments on behalf of the SIAM chapter at the University of California, Merced.” The Valley native received his bachelor’s in math from Fresno State and teaching credential from CSU Bakersfield. He’ll receive his Ph.D. in applied math at this year’s spring commencement and has already secured a tenure-track position at his undergraduate alma mater.

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