Visiting Lecture Program

Here is a list of undergraduate talks that our faculty can give for your math club or undergraduate colloquium.   Along with a lecture, we can also provide  information about our master's program.  To arrange a talk, simply contact the speaker and set up a date.
Reza Akhtar
Title #1.   Sperner Theory
Prerequisite:  Basic Knowledge of Proof and Set-Theoretic Language

Olga Brezhneva 
Title #1:  Introduction to Optimization 
Prerequisite:  Matrix multiplication
Title #2: Why Do We Need Differential Equations? 
Prerequisite:  Calculus 1
Title #3: What is Numerical Analysis About?
Prerequisite: Calculus 1

Louis DeBiasio
Title #1.  The Probabilistic Method in Combinatorics
Prerequisite: Basic Probability and Combinatorics

Title #2: What is the Chromatic Number of a Graph and Why is it Important?
Prerequisite: None

Patrick Dowlin
Title #1:  Fixed Point Theory and Applications
Prerequisite:  Calculus II

Tao Jiang 
Title #1:  A Taste of Graph Theory
Prerequisite:  For Math Majors


Dennis Keeler 
Title #1: How Your Computer Does Algebra
Prerequisite:  Linear Algebra

Title #2: Hyperbolic Geometry with Geometer's Sketchpad
Prerequisite: None


Zevi Miller 
Title #1:  Problems in Graph Theory
Prerequisite: Juniors and above

Title #2: Applications of Graph Theory in Computer Science
Prerequisite:  Juniors and above

Dan Pritikin 
Title #1: Variations of the ``Lights Out'' Game
Prerequisite: None (linear algebra helpful)

Title #2: Math Sing-Alongs
Description:  Dr. Dan leads your group to sing along with some famous pop hits, with a twist: the words have been changed to "parody lyrics" with mathematical content (something like Weird Al Yankovic material).  Over 20 parodies are ready to go (way too many for a 50 minute session, so you can help choose which ones to use).  Some math topics require no special background, and for the more advanced topics Dr. Dan has prepared a short introductory PowerPoint lecture to precede the song.  The room used for the sing-along session must have a laptop connection with both projection and audio so that
Dan's laptop can project lyrics in PowerPoint while playing songs on  iTunes through your speakers.

Doug Ward 
Title #1: Nonsmooth Analysis:  Or, What Do You Set Equal to Zero When the Derivative Doesn't Exist?
Prerequisite:  Calculus 1, dot product of vectors