Community colleges constitute the largest postsecondary education segment in the United States. They play an important role in motivating students to pursue bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Research experiences for STEM majors at an early stage of their training have proven to be “high impact” – these experiences are crucial for ensuring that students are able to maximize their potential for a successful STEM career. It is important that as many community college students as possible be made aware of mathematics research opportunities, in particular, including summer and year-round ones.
During the past decade, a number of community college mathematics faculty members have been successful in engaging students in math research, in obtaining funds to support the projects, and in mentoring, inspiring, and motivating these students to complete these projects, get presentation and typesetting experience, and navigate a successful mathematical science career.
The main goal of the MREC3 is to create a larger participation-broadening venue for community colleges students engaged in mathematical research to present their projects and, as a result, to excite more students about careers in the mathematical sciences, whether in academia or in the private sector.
The first MREC3 will be hosted by California State University Northridge (CSUN) on March 18th , 2017, 9:30am-4:30pm. The morning session will include a plenary talk by Dr. Jorge Balbas (faculty at CSUN and associate director of IPAM/UCLA) on
Fractals, Recursion, Paradoxes, and Applications (click here for the abstract and for short bio of Dr. Balbas). Still in the morning we will have panels to inform students about the many opportunities for a successful career in the math, with an emphasis on showing how important participation in research programs and a path toward graduate school can boost career potential and satisfaction for community college students.
We welcome students and faculty that have little or no research experience. Perhaps you’ll find a project to begin thinking about, as a result of being at this conference! If you are a faculty already doing research with students or are thinking about doing so, we invite you and your students to present at this conference! Joint student/student and student/faculty talks are also welcome and encouraged.
All afternoon talks will be by community college students or teams that include them, and all of these talks will focus on mathematics research topics.
The conference is COMPLETELY FREE and includes free lunch and free snacks for all participants. We hope that many faculty AND students, especially community college students, will come, and we also hope that they will consider giving a talk at the conference, even without any previous experience doing so.
The registration deadline is Friday, March 10th, 2017.