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 therefore important that as many community college students as possible be made aware of mathematics research opportunities, since community colleges constitute the largest postsecondary education segment in the United States.
California State University Northridge (CSUN) in partnership with LA Pierce, LA Mission and Fullerton Colleges organized last year the first MREC3. The conference created a 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.
In this year’s conference, in addition to increasing and broadening student and faculty participation, the conference wants to promote a discussion among participating faculty on how to increase research activity in community colleges. Significantly, topics like how to better utilize the existing resources and how to to find time and funds for research will be addressed.
The morning session will include a plenary talk by Dr. Ashar Ali (a former community college student, who now works for Air Force Research Laboratory). Please click here for the title and abstract as well as his short bio. Still in the morning we will have a panel 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. Please see the tentative schedule below.
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 member 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 community college students, will come and consider giving a talk at the conference, even without any previous experience doing so.
The registration deadline is Saturday, March 10th, 2018.
MREC^3: Math Research Experiences in Community Colleges Conference
Saturday March 17th
|9:00-9:20am||Sign in / Registration|
|9:30-10:30am||Plenary Lecture: Dr. Ashar Ali, Air Force Research Laboratory.|
|10:40-11:40 am||RE-C^2 presentations: Students participating in the RE-C^2 present their project.|
Student Math Research and Career Panel: Career and opportunities in the Mathematical Sciences and and how engaging in research projects can maximize these opportunities.
Faculty Panel on Creating Math Research Communities in Community Colleges: This session features community college faculty discussing how to establish, sustain and obtain financial support for math research projects in community colleges.
1. Faculty presentations: These talks should be accessible to students who are current community college students.
2. Student presentations – Level I: These talks will be on (partial) research results obtained by students or student-faculty teams whose work is funded by institutional or extramural grants.
3. Student presentations – Level II: These talks will be given by students who are starting a research project. Students will be expected to present an open research problem, defining and exemplifying the concepts, and stating the problem. Partial results are not required in order to give a talk in these sessions.
|3:45 – 4:30||Talk/Discussion Panel: How can we attract and retain community college students as prospective math majors?|
Conference directions will be posted a few days before the conference.