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SAMPLe Seminar

The UC Merced chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is dedicated to enhancing the applied mathematics mission of the university and providing developmental opportunities to its students. Towards that end, we currently run the student-led SAMPLe (Some Applied Math for People to Learn) seminar and organize social events whenever possible.

2023 Fall Semester

Time: Mondays, 2:00pm - 3:00pm (** otherwise announced)
Room: ACS 362C
Contact: Jocelyn Ornelas-Munoz <>

  • Monday, August 28
    Speaker: Jocelyn Ornelas Munoz
    Title: Introduction to UCM SIAM
  • Monday, September 11
    Speaker: SIAM Officers
    Title: Advisor Recognition
  • Monday, September 18
    Speaker: Interns
    Title: Summer Internships
  • Monday, September 25
    Speaker: Brandon Imstepf
    Title: TBD
  • Monday, October 02
    Speaker: Natalie Meacham
    Title: Sense and Sensitivity
  • Monday, October 09
    Speaker: Moitrish Majumdar
    Title: A network model for phenotypic switching in bacterial populations
  • Monday, October 16
    Speaker: Reshma Menon
    Title: Workshop: writing your teaching statement
  • Monday, October 23
    Speaker: Matteo Polimeno 
    Title: How to Git Advanced
  • Monday, October 30
    Speaker: Hannah Love
    Title: TBD
  • Monday, November 06
    Speaker: Matthew Blomquist
    Title: TBD
  • Monday, November 13
    Speaker: Jocelyn Ornelas-Munoz
    Title: Practice qualifying exam
  • Monday, November 20
    Thanksgiving Week
  • Monday, December 04
    Speaker: Gregory Mwamba
    Title: Math & Music

2023 Spring Semester

Time: Thursdays, 12:30pm - 1:30pm (** otherwise announced)
Room: ACS 362B
Contact: Jacqueline Alvarez <>

  • Thursday, January 26
    Speaker: Jack Pham
    Title: Linear Algebra in Cryptography
  • Thursday, February 9
    Speaker: Jacky Alvarez
    Title: Poster: Machine Learning for Classifying Images with Motion Blur
  • Thursday, February 16
    Speaker: Jordan Collignon
    Title: A method for image segmentation using synthetic training data
  • Thursday, February 23
    Math Circle / Problem of the Month
  • Tuesday, March 14
    Integration Bee
  • Thursday, March 23
    Math Circle / Problem of the Month
  • Thursday, April 13
    Speaker: Adam Binswanger
    Title: Numerical methods for incompressible multi-phase fluid flows with environmental applications
  • Thursday, April 20
    Speaker: Adam Binswanger
    Title: Numerical methods for incompressible multi-phase fluid flows with environmental applications (part 2)
  • Thursday, April 27
    Math Circle / Problem of the Month
  • Thursday, May 4
    Speaker: Matteo Polimeno 
    Title: Lessons Learned from CR

2022 Fall Semester

Time: Fridays, 12:30pm - 1:30pm (** otherwise announced)
Room: ACS 362B
Contact: Jacqueline Alvarez <>

  • Friday, September 2
    Speaker: Jacky Alvarez
    Title: Welcome and Introduction
  • Friday, September 16, ** 12pm-1:30pm **
    Lunch with the department seminar speaker, Dr. Andy Nonaka (LBNL)
  • Friday, September 30
    Re-orientation for 2nd-year graduate students
  • Friday, October 7
    Re-re-orientation for 3rd-year graduate students
  • Friday, October 14, ** 1pm-2pm **
    How to qualify
  • Friday, October 21
    Speaker: Tucker Hartland
    Title: Scalable PDE- and bound-constrained optimization
  • ** Wednesday, October 26, 1pm-2:30pm **
    Special Event: Computational Research Leadership Council Seminar Series [flyer]
    Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Loe (Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories)
    Talk: Linear Algebra and Computing: Behind the Scenes [presentation slides]
  • Friday, November 4
    Title: How to Pass Prelims
  • Friday, November 18
    Title: Fellowships & Internship info
  • Friday, December 2
    Speaker: Masato Terasaki

2022 Spring Semester

Time: Fridays, 2pm - 3pm (** otherwise announced)
Room: ACS 362C (in-person will begin on Feb. 4th)
Contact: Jacqueline Alvarez <>

  • Friday, January 28
    Speaker: Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn
    Title: Adventures in Mathematical Biology
  • Friday, February 4
    Speaker: Jocelyn Ornelas Muñoz
    Title: Detecting Inherited and Novel Structural Variants in Low-Coverage Parent-Child Sequencing Data Using Negative Binomial Optimization
  • Friday, February 11
    Speaker: Jacky Alvarez
    Title: Deep Learning with Limited Data for Image and Signal Processing
  • ** Wednesday, February 16, 11am
    SIAM Chapter Joint Spring Talk Series
    Speaker: Dr. Sam Ade Jacobs (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
    Title: Learning and Learning to Learn at Scale
  • ** Friday, February 25
    No SAMPLe Seminar: Grad Visitation
  • ** Tuesday, March 1
    How To: Prepare a resume and interview for positions at LLNL [Recording]
  • Friday, March 4
    Speaker: Tucker Hartland
    Title: Symmetries of Physical Equations
  • Friday, March 11
    Speaker: Ali Heydari
    Title: Residual Neural Networks
  • ** Friday, March 18
    No SAMPLe Seminar: Integration Bee
  • ** Friday, March 25
    No SAMPLe Seminar: Spring Break
  • ** Friday, April 1
    No SAMPLe Seminar: Applied Math Challenge presentations
  • Friday, April 8
    How To: Write a Scientific Paper
    Speaker: Prof. Francois Blanchette
  • ** Friday, April 15, 1:30pm
    SIAM Chapter Joint Spring Talk Series
    Speaker: Dr. Lorena Guachi (BioRobotics Institute)
    Title: Data-driven Computer Vision: Real-world Automation Approaches
  • Friday, April 29
    How To: Optimize the Formula for Powerpoint Success
    Speaker: Elsie Cortes

2021 Fall Semester

Time: Fridays, 2pm - 3pm (otherwise announced)
Room: ACS 362B
Contact: Jacqueline Alvarez <>

  • Friday, September 3
    Welcome and Introduction
  • Friday, September 10
    Speaker: Tucker
    Title: Inversion with Uncertain Models
  • Friday, September 17
    How To: Apply for Academic Positions
  • Wednesday, September 22 (online)
    CRLC Seminar
    Speaker: Dr. Scott Mitchell (Sandia National Laboratories)
    Title: Computing Geometry as a Mathematician in an Engineering Laboratory
  • Friday, October 1
    Speaker: Tanya
    Title: 3D Lagrangian Hydynamics for Shock Driven Flows
  • Friday, October 8
    Speaker: Adam
    Title: Predicting the outcome of professional League of Legends matches
  • Friday, October 15
    How To: Apply to REUs
  • Friday, October 22
    Derivative Bee [flyer]
  • Firday, October 29
    Speaker: Maia Powell
  • Wednesday, November 3 (online)
    CRLC Seminar
    Speaker: Dr. Sven Leyffer (Argonne National Laboratory)
    Title: Nonlinear Optimization at The National Labs
  • Friday, November 12
    How To: Prepare for a Qualifying Exam
  • Friday, November 19
    Speaker: Eunji
  • Friday, December 3
    Speaker: Matteo

2021 Spring Semester

Via Zoom
Time: Fridays at 2:30pm (otherwise announced)
Contact: Tucker Hartland <>

  • Friday, February 5
    Speaker: Anuj Bajaj (Wayne State University graduate student)
    Title: Solving a continuous multifacility problem by DC algorithms
  • Friday, February 12
    Speaker: Fabian Santiago
    Title: Global Sensitivity Analysis of a Mathematical Model of COVID-19 Transmission Dynamics in a University Setting
  • Friday, February 26
    Speaker: Francois Blanchette
    Title: How to prepare a scientific paper for publication [slides]
  • Friday, March 5, 2:30-3:30pm
    Speaker: Jared Stewart
    Title: Intro to Applied Math Challenge Event [flyer] [sign-up page]
  • Friday, March 12, 2:00-3:00pm
    Special Event: Integration Bee [flyer]
    Hosts: Jacky Alvarez and Tanya Tafolla
  • Friday, March 19
    Speaker: Bjorn Larsen (California State University, Chico)
    Talk: Dynamical Chaos in Stellar Evolution Models
  • Friday, April 2
    Special Event: Applied Math Challenge Presentations
    Host: Jared Stewart
  • Friday, April 9
    Speaker: Nguyen-Truc-Dao Nguyen (Wayne State University)
    Talk: Optimization of Controlled Constrained Sweeping Processes
  • Friday, April 23, 10:00-11:00am
    Special Event: SIAM Visiting Lecture Program [flyer]
    Speaker: Dr. Genetha Gray (Lead People Research Scientist at Salesforce)
    Talk: Using math skills to build a career in data science
  • Friday, April 30, 2:00-3:00pm
    Special Event: UC Merced Graduate Student Alumni Panel [flyer]
    Host: Radoslav Vuchkov
    Zoom link:
  • Wednesday, May 5, 1:30-3:00pm
    Special Event: Computational Research Leadership Council Seminar Series [flyer]
    Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Maupin (Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratory)
    Talk: Calibration and propagation of model form error across experimental settings [Recording]
  • Friday, May 7
    Speaker: Matea Santiago

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