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.