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UBC/UMC is the undergraduate mathematics colloquium at the University of British Columbia. It puts on talks by mathematicians; the talks are about research in math, and aim to be accessible to undergrads.

The details of the colloquium may be found below. All are welcome.

Below, you'll find details of the next talk, a schedule of all talks, and a few extras.

the next talk

The next UBC/UMC talk will be in January. Details will be available in the new year.

past talks

November 19, 2014: Carmen Bruni
Sage: An Open-Source Mathematical Software System

October 22, 2014: Mike Lindstrom
The Art in Problem Solving

November 6, 2013: Christina Koch
Families of forbidden configurations

October 23, 2013: Jim Bryan
Topological quantum field theory

February 27, 2013: Ari Belenkiy
Norms of coining at the Royal Mint and Newton's Revolution

February 13, 2013: Iain Moyles
Case studies in industrial mathematics

January 23, 2013: George Bluman
Introduction to Similarity Methods for Partial Differential Equations

November 21, 2012: Andrew Rechnitzer
Counting Knots

November 7, 2012: Malabika Pramanik
The Transatlantic Cable

October 24, 2012: Brian Marcus
Coding Theory and Practice

September 26, 2012: Maxim Stykow
Topological Data Analysis

March 13, 2012: Andrew Bernoff
An Introduction to Surface Tension (Or Why Raindrops are Spherical)

February 15, 2012: Carmen Bruni
An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity

November 23, 2011: Dominik Schoetzau
Numerical methods with exponential convergence

October 26, 2011: Ailana Fraser
Deforming complicated plane curves to simple ones

October 5, 2011: Michael Lindstrom
Industrial modelling: Applications to fuel cell and nuclear reactor engineering

September 14, 2011: Eric Cytrynbaum
Everyday mathematics: two modelling case studies

April 6, 2011: Omer Angel
Graph limits, ordering graphs and embedding metric spaces.

March 23, 2011: Richard Froese
Localization and delocalization in the Anderson model

March 9, 2011: Vince Chan
Turning your (infinitesimally thin) car around: Improving on the 3-point turn

February 9, 2011: Bud Homsy
Viscous Fingering in Porous Media

January 12, 2011: Robert Klinzmann
How algebra can determine geometry

January 12, 2011: George Bluman
Dimensional Analysis, Modelling and Invariance

November 24, 2010: Leah Keshet
Getting Together: Flocks and the single bird

November 10, 2010: Josh Zukewich
Evolution of cooperation in structured populations

October 27, 2010: Thomas Wong
Enumeration: Learning to Count

October 13, 2010: Philip Loewen
The brachistochrone

September 29, 2010: Jun Allard
A mathematical model of
antigen bonds on immune cells

September 15, 2010: Brian Wetton
Approximating the arctan function

April 14, 2010: Alexander Duncan
Solving equations with Groebner bases

March 31, 2010: Alia Hamieh
The Congruent Number Problem

March 17, 2010: Jennifer Johnson-Leung
What's modularity got to do with it?

March 3, 2010: Anthony Peirce
Mathematics at work in geomechanics: why miners and oilmen should learn PDEs

February 3, 2010: Bud Homsy
Fluid motion and the Navier-Stokes Equations: Why is F=ma so tough for fluids and why haven't we solved these equations yet?

January 20, 2010: Mike Bennett
Diophantine equations for fun (and profit?)

December 2, 2009: Eric Cytrynbaum
How cells get by without a ruler and compass

November 18, 2009: David Kohler
The Missing Region Problem

November 4, 2009: Greg Martin
Prime numbers: What we know,
and what we know we think

October 21, 2009: Richard Anstee
If you can't square the circle, then at least you can square the square

October 7, 2009: George Bluman
Systematic Methods for Solving Ordinary Differential Equations

September 23, 2009: Adam Clay
Introduction to Knot Theory


We're always looking for new ideas. If you'd like to see a particular talk or a particular speaker, or give a talk yourself, drop us a line. (UBC/UMC is run by Fok-Shuen Leung, whose main page is here.)

If you're a student — particularly an undergrad — interested in mathematics, check out the Math Club; they can be found in MATX 1119, and online as well.

If you're an undergrad interested in teaming up with a prof and doing some research in math, the NSERC USRAs (the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards — that's why they have acronyms) are an available opportunity. These talks are a great way to gauge your interest in a professor's research. For USRA details, check out the NSERC site, or ask at the Mathematics Department office.