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Graduate Student Day and Orientation Conference - 2003

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Park

Cypress knees in the bayou, Tickfaw State Park

Early each fall semester, the Department welcomes all new graduate students and all returning graduate students to the new academic year. This year, the Graduate Student Day and Orientation Conference was held as a two-day, overnight event on October 1-2 at Tickfaw State Park. It was superbly arranged, including all meals, by Jacek and Margaret Cygan, assisted by their son Adam, who is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. The schedule of events included the following speakers and topics.

Wednesday Evening Session: We met at the Group Camp at 7 pm for talks by Ambar Sengupta on Probability, and Daniel Sage on Representation Theory. Dinner followed the talks.

Thursday Morning Session: After breakfast for participants who stayed at the Group Camp overnight, and Coffee and Tea with doughnuts for everyone, the speakers were Dirk Vertigan on Combinatorics/Graph Theory, Stephen Shipman on Materials Science, and Daniel Cohen on Topology. Lunch started about noon at the Group Camp.

Thursday Afternoon Session: Talks resumed at 2 PM with Robert Perlis on Algebra/Number Theory, Oliver Dasbach on the use of Web Work software for instructional support, and James Madden on Mathematical Challenges in Mathematics Education.

Also, there was ample time to talk, get acquainted, and tour the park and its nature trails. Here are a few photographs from the Graduate Student Day and Orientation Conference for 2003.

Ambar Sengupta
Ambar Sengupta

Daniel Sage
Daniel Sage

Margaret Cygan
Margaret Cygan

Dinner
Dinner Time

Carolyn

Park
Morning

Coffee-time
Coffee-time

Park

Research Presentation

Dirk Vertigan
Dirk Vertigan

Models
Models

Stephen Shipman
Stephen Shipman

Daniel Cohen
Daniel Cohen brings delicious exercise in arrangement of hyperplanes.

Lunch Break
Lunch Break

Lunch

Jacek Cygan
Jacek Cygan

Young Students
Two youngsters with three annual Graduate Student Days between them!

Break

Frisbee
Time for a game of frisbee

Bogdan Oporowski, Rick Litherland, and Jeff Sheldon
Bogdan Oporowski, Rick Litherland, and Jeff Sheldon  Special unexpected guest
Special unexpected guest

Break

Young Guest

Robert Perlis
Robert Perlis

Oliver Dasbach
Oliver Dasbach

Jim Madden
Jim Madden

Young Guest
mathematical induction: one step at a time

Grandma Tree
The Grandma Tree, a bald cypress, between 400 and 800 years old.