Recurring Events

Join us on campus or in the community for one of our regular events focusing on diverse applications of mathematics.

Kwangil Koh Lecture on Mathematics in Our Time

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:


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.

K-12 Outreach

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.

Sonia Kovalevsky Day

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.