The Kwangil Koh Lecture on Mathematics in Our Time is an annual public lecture held each year since 2012. It honors Kwangil Koh, who joined the NC State Mathematics Department as its first algebraist in 1964, retired in 2004 and passed away in 2009.
The goal of the Koh lectures is to communicate the importance of mathematics and its impact on science, technology and society.
Previous Koh lectures:
- Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University: “Mathematics Helping Art Historians and Art Conservators.” September 27, 2016
- Tadashi Tokieda, “A World from a Sheet of Paper,” April 14, 2016
- Frank Morgan, Williams College, “Soap Bubbles and Mathematics,” April 14, 2015
- Iain Couzin, Princeton University: “From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Behavior,” April 14, 2014
- Martin Golubitsky, Ohio State University: “Patterns, Patterns Everywhere,” April 16, 2013
- Donald Saari, University of California, Irvine: “Mathematics and the Mystery of Dark Matter,” April 16, 2012
Each year, more than 35,000 visitors come to BugFest, a one-day event held in September in and around the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh, to learn about the fascinating world of bugs. Since 2013, a group of about 25 undergraduate and graduate students from the Math Department and Center for Research in Scientific Computation have participated, leading interactive math activities and presenting posters on their research.
For more information, contact Lorena Bociu.
The department is committed to offering programming that reaches younger audiences and helps them appreciate the value of math.
Math Circle in the Triangle
The Math Circle in the Triangle is a mathematics enrichment program for enthusiastic and motivated middle school students (grades 6–8) organized by a group of faculty from the math department. The group meets monthly throughout the school year on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in SAS Hall on campus.
Our goal is to provide the students an opportunity to explore interesting topics in mathematics that lie outside regular school curriculum, to have fun while doing math and to meet other students interested in math.
For more information, contact Molly Fenn.
This annual event, sponsored on campus by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) student chapter, brings around 50 middle school girls to campus to participate in a day of fun and educational math activities. The name of the event honors Sonia Kovalevsky, the first woman in Europe to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics, and aims to encourage young women’s interest in mathematics.
For more information, contact AWM student chapter president Katherine Harris.