We bring math to people of all ages, through events both on and off campus.

Engaging the Community

Math is all around us, not just in textbooks. In the Department of Mathematics, we help people process the math surrounding them — and, in turn, the world — by sharing the products of our teaching and research. We offer lectures, workshops and other programs that are open to people outside the department, with the goal of involving everyone in our work.

Our signature annual event is the Kwangil Koh Lecture on Mathematics in Our Time, a public lecture intended to communicate the importance of mathematics and its impact on science, technology and society. Recent topics have included the use of mathematics in art restoration and in understanding topics like soap bubbles and animal behavior.

We bring speakers from outside the university to campus so that students and faculty can learn from their diverse math-related work and experiences. For example, our Society for Undergraduate Mathematics club sponsors a weekly series of informal talks on math topics that features speakers from both within and outside the NC State community.

We also bring math to the public outside our campus. We regularly take math-related exhibits and activities on the road to local events such as the annual BugFest at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Triangle SciTech Expo.

K–12 Outreach

We know it’s important to build an appreciation of math from a young age. Our department invests in the next generation of mathematicians through K–12 programs and events designed to expose students to math outside the traditional curriculum.

The goal is to show them that there’s so much more to math than arithmetic and algebra and what they learn in school.

Kristina Martin, math graduate student and Sonia Kovalevsky Day organizer

The annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day focuses on engaging middle school girls in math through a morning of fun math activities. The Math Circle in the Triangle meets monthly on Saturday mornings to offer math enrichment for middle school boys and girls.

Students in the department lead all of these activities, which helps build their understanding of and love for math, as well as their leadership skills and commitment to volunteering.