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2011 HMC Mathematics Conference on Broadening Participation in the Mathematical Sciences

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Friday–Saturday, February 4–5, 2011
Department of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California

General Information

The Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College will host the twelfth annual Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Conference on Friday & Saturday, February 4–5, 2011.

The theme of this year's conference is Broadening Participation in the Mathematical Sciences.

The conference opens on Friday evening with a public lecture delivered by Dr. Robert Bell '72. Saturday features lectures and a panel discussion with lots of time for discussions and casual interactions.

The panel will be comprised of individuals from industry and from all academic levels (students, postdoctoral scholars, junior faculty, senior faculty) discussing the question: How can one work toward broadening participation in mathematics at all levels of one's career?

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The organizers are Dagan Karp, Talithia Williams, and Ursula Whitcher. Send us e-mail!

Conference Poster

2011 poster image.Please feel free to download our Conference Poster, print it, and display it at your institution.

Speakers & Events

Friday, February 4

7:00 PM
Robert Bell '72 (AT&T)
Lessons from the Netflix Prize

Saturday, February 5

Talks will take place in the Galileo Halls at Harvey Mudd College. Lunch will take place in the Green Room of the Platt Student Center

9:30 AM–10:30 AM
Illya Hicks (Rice University)
Are You Ready For Some Football?!! (abstract)
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Judit Camacho (SACNAS)
What Does Mathematics Have to Do with You, Me, and US? (abstract)
12:15 PM–1:15 PM
1:30 PM–2:15 PM
Poster session
2:30 PM
Phillip Kutzko (University of Iowa)
Just Walk Away, René—Cultural Issues in Broadening Participation in Mathematics (abstract)
4:00 PM–5:00 PM
Panel Discussion: “How can one work toward broadening participation in mathematics at all levels of one's career?”
Candice Price
Graduate Student, University of Iowa
David Uminsky '03
Postdoc, UCLA
Robin Wilson
Cal Poly Pomona
Ami Radunskaya
Pomona College
Herbert Medina
Loyola Marymount University
Robert Bell '72

Travel Support for Students and Recent PhDs

Applications for travel support may be made through the registration form. Priority for support will be given to students, recent doctorate recipients, women, and underrepresented minorities, and to applications made by December 17, 2010.


Please preregister to help us estimate the number of attendees. A registration fee of $20 will be collected on site.

If you are requesting travel support, register by December 17, 2010, and answer the questions in the form related to travel support/financial aid.

General registration and poster registration ends on Friday, January 14, 2011.

2011 HMC Mathematics Conference Registration

* Required

Financial Aid or Travel Support


(Your poster title and abstract may be changed later by sending e-mail to the organizers.)

Local Accommodations

The closest accommodations are at the DoubleTree Hotel Claremont, about a fifteen-minute walk from the Colleges, at 555 W. Foothill Blvd, (909) 626-2411. All out of town guests who are receiving travel support should register at this hotel.

Other Hotels (Not as Near)

The Hotel Casa 425 is located about a mile away in downtown Claremont (about a 25 minute walk).

The Doubletree Ontario Airport is next to Ontario airport and 9 miles from the Claremont Colleges. More minimalist accommodations are available at the Howard Johnson Express Inn, 2.3 miles from the Claremont Colleges.


Harvey Mudd College is located at 301 Platt Blvd, Claremont CA 91711, in the eastern Los Angeles area.

The closest airport is Ontario International Airport (ONT), and we strongly recommend that you fly to Ontario rather than one of the other Los Angeles area airports. Ontario International Airport is about eight miles away from the college.

The college provides driving directions from various points in Southern California.

Map with driving directions to Harvey Mudd College.

Free parking is available in the parking lots indicated in the map above or anywhere along 12th Street or Dartmouth Avenue below 12th Street.

About Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College is a private, liberal arts undergraduate institution of science, engineering and mathematics.

The Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College recently received the 2006 AMS Award for Exemplary Department or Program from the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

The college enrolls about 750 students of high ability; a third of them are National Merit Finalists and each year there are over 35 graduates in mathematics, with approximately half going on to graduate school. HMC is a member of the Claremont College consortium, which includes four other undergraduate colleges (Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Pitzer) and two graduate institutions (Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute), forming an academic community of about 5000 students. There is an active research community of over 40 mathematicians in Claremont, with faculty seminars in analysis, topology, algebra and combinatorics, and applied mathematics.

Claremont is situated approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. The community is known for its tree-lined streets and village charm. It is an easy drive from Claremont to the cultural attractions of the greater Los Angeles area, as well as the ocean, mountains and deserts of southern California.

To learn more about mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, please visit the department's home page.