Math Dept 2017-2018 Newsletter 6

  Monday, 20 November 2017


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Geometry & Topology Seminar 


Monday, November 20


Chiekh  Ndiaye:



Place: ASB-B 213.


Coordinator:  Stanley M. Einstein-Matthews






Graduate Student Seminar

3.10 to 4pm, Room 213 ASB-B


Open to all faculty and students.


Coordinator: Matthew Cavallo





Mathematics Department Colloquium


Friday, December 1

(No colloquium on Nov 24)


Andrew N. Norris, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers University

Transformation Acoustics, Phononic Stuctures and Applications  



4.10 to 5 pm, ASB-B 213



 Fluid dynamics seminar


 Seminar takes place after colloquium, and does not take place if there is no colloquium.

Abstract:   Fluid Dynamics will be meeting as usual. 

The "Dynamics" refers to the topics of conversation, which is as likely as anything to deal with the Washington Football Club. 

Pizza, including a vegetarian option, and wings are provided.


Donations for fluid dynamics refreshments are requested. The staff is currently underfunded for this.






1. (Thanks to Aziz Yakubu) HU Mathematical Biology workshop


 December 2, 2017 in the Chemistry Auditorium of Howard University.

The focus will be on Mathematical models of Diabetes.

Registration is free and free lunch will be served.

Please, remember to register at the workshop website:



In previous newsletters:


Presentations by Recent Doctoral Recipients at JMM

Recommendations are solicited for NAM’s new PhD session, the Granville-Browne-Haynes Session of Presentations

by Recent Doctoral Recipients in the Mathematical Sciences, to be held at the Joint Mathematics Meetings to be held in

January 2018 in San Diego, CA.





1. Congratulations to Oluwaseye Adekanye on his successful Ph. D thesis defense.


Title: The construction of nonstandard finite difference schemes for dynamical systems


Committee members: Dr. Katie Gurski (Committee chair)

                                    Dr. Talitha Washington (Advisor)                               

                                    Dr. Roberto De Leo

                                    Dr. Abdul-Aziz Yakubu

                                    Dr. Ronald Mickens (External Examiner, Clark Atlanta University)







1. (Thanks to Talitha Washington) MIT Broad Institute Research Internships


 -Broad Cancer Genomic Scholars (BCGS- postbac) -

 An innovative, two-year program run jointly by the Broad Diversity, Education and Outreach initiative and the Cancer Program, BCGS offers participants a comprehensive, structured and immersive experience that includes groundbreaking research and academic and career guidance. BCGS participants will carry out research as paid, full-time Associate Computational Biologists or Research Associates, working alongside leading scientists within the Broad Cancer Program.

 Eligibility - seniors or recent graduates who majored in the biological, physical or computer sciences, engineering or mathematics, and are interested in pursuing a graduate degree (M.S., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D.)

 Deadline: January 26, 2018


 - Broad Summer Research Program (BSRP) -


The Broad Summer Research Program (BSRP) offers students with a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM disciplines the opportunity to conduct intensive research in a collaborative community. Students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply. 

 BSRP participants spend the summer performing original computational or experimental-based research in labs across the Broad Institute’s research areas, from cancer to infectious disease to computational biology. In addition, the program features a rich curriculum outside the lab that emphasizes career development, personal development, and teamwork in a small cohort. 

 Deadline: January 8, 2018



2. (Thanks to Toka Diagana)


Mathematics Teaching Position at The University of Alabama


Opening for position with focus on teaching and revising our courses in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. Recent Ph.D. graduates from Howard University who may be interested in working at a large public university and focusing on the teaching aspect of the department are invited to apply:


Positions at Tennessee State University

Three tenure-track faculty the rank of assistant/associate professor beginning August 2018.  Although all areas of mathematics will be considered, preference will be given to candidates whose research areas are in Algebra or Combinatorics (Position #010200), Applied Mathematics (Position #005480), and Mathematics Education (Position #014821). Please share this information with graduate students in your department.  Thanks.

Candidates must apply online at



Opportunities at various federal agencies


1. NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in the Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) and Educational Partnership Program (EPP) scholarship programs. These scholarships include support for two years of undergraduate study and summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country.

For information on program benefits and how to apply, visit our web sites:

Š Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship:

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018


Š Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship:

 Application Deadline: January 31, 2018


2. 2018 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions


(Thanks to Louise Raphael)

Department of Energy

Details at:

Application deadline: January 5 2018, 11:59 pm EST.


Oak Ridge National Labs

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) 


In previous newsletters:


Department of Homeland Security Summer Internships


National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences

2018 Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program


DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program


NSF Dear Colleague Letters (Funding Opportunities).  






1.  (Thanks to Dennis Davenport) Issues faced by Graduate students


In the first article below, you will see that tuition remission will count as income for graduate students putting them in a much higher tax bracket. The second concerns the mental health of graduate students.