Is it necessary to register for the conference?Yes. Even if you want to attend only one or two lectures and not to be involved with the entire symposium, we still encourage you to register. Registration is easy - it takes only a minute. Having everyone register goes a long way towards ensuring that the symposium runs smoothly.
When will I find out if my presentation has been accepted?
About a month before the conference, we will send you an email indicating whether or not your presentation has been accepted.
What is the expected dress code for presenters?
There is no required attire, but most presenters in previous years have come dressed business casual.
I am traveling a large distance, is lodging available over Friday and/or Saturday night?
We are normally able to pair everyone who needs lodging with a student host, who will provide housing in their room for Friday and Saturday nights. We make every effort to ensure we have enough student hosts. We will email you about your housing status as soon as it's been determined.
I am interested in coming to your symposium. Will you be providing transportation to and from Brown?
Transportation is essentially up to you. If you are a student, your home department is usually able to help sponsor your trip. If you still need help, we may be able to provide partial reimbursement; contact the SUMS committee to ask about this possibility.
What meals are you providing?
Registered participants will be invited to a banquet dinner on Saturday evening. There is no cost to attend the banquet. Very light breakfast refreshments will be served prior to the first lecture on Saturday. All other meals are up to you.
How much math do I need to know in order to understand the conference?
For the lectures we assume fluency with vector calculus and linear algebra. But the level of mathematical sophistication should never discourage you from attending a lecture, because our lecturers are excellent communicators who are aware of the diverse set of backgrounds represented in their audiences.
I want to present a talk. How much time do I have to do so and who will be my audience?
Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes, unless you request additional time before the conference and we grant that request. Your primary audience will be composed of your fellow math and science interested undergraduates. Remember that they come from a diverse set of mathematical and scientific backgrounds and plan your presentation accordingly.
I'll be driving to Brown. Where can I park my car?
Parking on the day of the conference is available in the Barus & Holley lot. If you would like to park overnight, you will have to purchase a parking permit. Please notify Audrey Aguiar several days in advance if you will need parking during the conference and she will help make arrangements for your permit. We caution that it is very easy to get ticketed around Brown's campus so we recommend that you be on the safe side and arrange parking in this way.
I am not an undergraduate student. Can I participate in the Symposium?
Absolutely - just register!