Mathematics symposium to highlight work of Southern California researchers, students

Mathematics research and networking will be the main focus of the 4th annual Southern California Discrete Mathematics Symposium to be held May 4 at CMC’s Freeberg Forum.

The conference is highlighted by eight research talks on topics like algebraic combinatorics, prime number theory, combinatorial game theory, and numerical semigroups. Students will also display their research during a poster session.

This is the first year the conference will be held at CMC; past conferences have been held at UCLA and USC. Symposium co-organizer and professor of mathematics Lenny Fukshansky said the active mathematical research community at the 7Cs—which features about 50 math faculty routinely hosting seminars and workshops—provides a natural environment for CMC to host this year’s event.

“Our goal is to foster the exchange of ideas, and it’s important that CMC gets into the Southern California mix in discrete mathematics. This conference will give rise to new discussions and new collaborations for faculty and students,” Fukshansky said.

“Liberal arts colleges are often overlooked in the research community because, traditionally, it has been the case that research was not done to the same extent as at larger research universities. That’s just not true of CMC, specifically, and the Claremont mathematical community, in general.”

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Stephan Garcia, Pomona College
  • Josh Hallam, Loyola Marymount University
  • Chris O'Neill, San Diego State University
  • Igor Pak, UCLA
  • Greta Panova, USC
  • Brendan Pawlowski, USC
  • Eric Sundberg, Occidental College
  • Joshua Swanson, UC San Diego

The full schedule is available on the conference website. Students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Deadline for registration is April 28.

—Chahat Kaur ’21