The New York State Regional Graduate Mathematics Conference has been held every year at Syracuse University since 1974. This year, the mathematics department will be hosting its 39th conference, April 12. Unlike most other math conferences in the nation, it is organized entirely by the mathematics department graduate students. This includes everything from arranging such logistics as food and space on campus, to inviting the opening and keynote speakers. Typically, this unique aspect of the conference helps attract respected members of the math community to the conference.
The conference draws roughly 200 faculty, post-docs, and graduate students from colleges and universities all over the Northeast and Canada. As mentioned, two guest speakers are invited. In the past we've had many excellent speakers, including Conway, Milnor, and Coxeter. For many graduate students, the opportunity to talk to a "famous" mathematician rarely presents itself. At this conference graduate students could have a glass of wine with Kenneth Appel, a bagel with Paul Halmos, or lunch with Serge Lang.
Between and after the two major talks are numerous concurrent speaker sessions. Talks are given in nearly all major areas of mathematics. Of particular note, many of these talks are given by graduate students, both from Syracuse and around the region. Graduate students are encouraged to give these talks: for the students, the conference is an excellent opportunity to get additional experience at presenting mathematics and be heard by prominent mathematicians.
Important Dates: April 12, 2014 Conference Dates
April 12 Conference