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Karen Clark and Jana Gevertz Organize Symposium for Upcoming SIAM Conference

Karen Clark and Jana Gevertz Organize Symposium for Upcoming SIAM Conference

TCNJ Professors Karen Clark and Jana Gevertz, along with former TCNJ Visiting Professor, Christina Lee, have organized a minisymposium on “Varying Perspectives of a Mathematics Modeling Course” for the upcoming SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics Education. This minisymposium, which presents talks by mathematicians from 4 institutions, will be devoted to discussing the different types of Mathematical Modeling courses currently offered as part of the undergraduate curriculum.

The SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics Education will be held from September 30-October 2, 2016, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

Organizers: Christina H. Lee
Oxford College of Emory University, USA
Jana Gevertz
The College of New Jersey, USA
Karen Clark
The College of New Jersey, USA

4:30-4:55 Musings on Mathematical Modeling: Reflections on an Upper-Level Undergraduate Course abstract
Victor Barranca, Swarthmore College, USA
5:00-5:25 Case Studies: A Capstone Course in Modeling abstract
Ethan Berkove, Lafayette College, USA
5:30-5:55 The Design and Implementation of a Project-Based Modeling Course at the Undergraduate Level: Lessons Learned abstract
Leona Harris, The College of New Jersey, USA
6:00-6:25 Mathematical Modeling, at the Crossroad of Imagination, Equations and Real World Problems: Teaching Challenges abstract
Alessandro Veneziani, Emory University, USA

Here is the abstract for the session:

Modeling is an important component of applied mathematics, as it underlies many interdisciplinary mathematical collaborations and is a useful skill in industry. However, no standard upper-level undergraduate modeling course exists. Instead, across institutions modeling courses have a varied set of prerequisites, focus on different mathematical techniques, and apply the mathematics of the course in different settings. While uniformity is not necessary, it would be beneficial to learn what different institutions mean when they offer a “Math Modeling’ course. In this minisymposium, we explore a variety of upper-level modeling courses from the perspective of course design, curriculum, pedagogy and/or implementation.