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20th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics | January 26-28, 2018

The 20th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM) will be held January 26-28, 2018. Conference activities on Friday will occur on the university’s city campus and on Saturday and Sunday at the Embassy Suites Lincoln Downtown Hotel (1040 P Street, 402-474-1111), a short walk in downtown Lincoln. The Conference is open to outstanding undergraduate women mathematicians at all stages of their careers. Students will have the opportunity to meet other women who share their interest in the mathematical sciences, and those who already have done research will be given an opportunity to present their results.

NCUWM's overall goal is to arm participants with knowledge, self-confidence and a network of peers to help them become successful mathematicians. We do this by providing role models, insider knowledge and an opportunity to present original research. Our focus is to encourage and mentor undergraduate women to pursue graduate study in mathematics and seek mathematical careers. Conference participants also will have a chance to learn about life in graduate school from the perspective of current women graduate students representing math departments from across the country.

Although we do not regard this conference as an appropriate venue for faculty representatives to recruit applicants for their graduate programs, we would like to encourage departments to contact us about sponsoring women graduate students from their programs at the conference.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Jill PipherProfessor of MathematicsBrown University

Dr. Irena SwansonProfessor of MathematicsReed College

Invited Guests

Dr. Alissa CransProfessor of Mathematics, Associate Director of Project NExTLoyola Marymount University

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Application, Selection and Policies

We thank you for your interest in attending NCUWM. Students interested in attending the 2018 conference must complete an application between October 3 and October 10, 2017. No new applications will be accepted after October 10. Please note that the registration fee is $50 per person, for both students and faculty, to be paid by students once they are notified of acceptance. Selection of participants will be done according to the following policies:

  1. Attendees must be at least of sophomore standing and 19 years of age at the time of the conference. Individual students are now limited to one conference attendance as a non-presenter and two attendances in total.
  2. Each home institution will be limited to a maximum of four participants.
  3. Abstracts will be read by the organizing committee, which will select 48 for talks and as many for posters as can be accommodated. Preference will be given to original research, loosely defined as work that includes some mathematical results obtained by the student, possibly with collaborators. Applicants whose abstracts are selected for either a talk or a poster are presenters; all other student applicants are non-presenters.
  4. Selection of abstracts will be done primarily on merit, except that each home institution will be limited to a maximum of three talks and a total of four presenters.
  5. Students chosen as presenters will be accepted to the conference, provided they complete their registration (by paying the registration fee) by the given deadline.
  6. Non-presenters will be selected by institution rather than individual. If an institution has more applicants than the number of slots it is given, the students’ advisor(s) will be asked to select the students to represent their school. Students will identify an advisor in the application. If more than one professor from an institution is identified, every person named as an advisor at that school by its students will get the same email saying how many spots the school has to allocate and naming the specific students who have applied. Once the organizing committee has been given the selected names, we will issue instructions for completing their registration to the selected students.
  7. The top priority in selection of non-presenters will be to accept at least one student from each home institution (with presenters included in the count).
  8. The second priority in selection of non-presenters will be to accept a second student (counting presenters) from each home institution.
  9. If there is still space available, additional non-presenters will be selected through a lottery, subject to policies 2 and 6.

All students should anticipate being notified of their status by October 26, 2017.

These policies were crafted to fit a wide range of institutional situations, but nobody can anticipate all possibilities. If you believe that your situation is sufficiently unusual that it warrants special consideration, please have your faculty advisor contact Glenn Ledder, NCUWM Co-Chair, at gledder@unl.edu.

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Statement of Appropriate Conduct at NCUWM

To provide all participants – undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, speakers, panelists, staff, and volunteers – the opportunity to benefit from the event, NCUWM is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, or other group identity.

NCUWM seeks to provide an opportunity for diverse participants to learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and hold that environment for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are, therefore, specifically prohibited:

  • Harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, appearance, or other group status.
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact.
  • Yelling at or threatening speakers (verbally or physically).

All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all conference venues, including social events. Participants asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Conference participants seek to learn, network, and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise.

Please contact designated NCUWM staff (identified during the conference), or any member of the organizing committee whom you are comfortable with, if you believe you have been harassed or that a harassment problem exists. Any such reports will be investigated immediately and appropriate actions taken, but only if desired by the person who was harassed. Reports will ultimately be directed to the Title IX Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, and may consult with and engage other UNL staff, leaders and legal counsel as appropriate.

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Contact Info

Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics
UNL Department of Mathematics
203 Avery Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0130
Phone: 402.472.9312
Fax: 402.472.9311
ncuwm@unl.edu