Activities & Outreach


Colloquium: Fridays at 3 PM in 103A Walker Hall

Colloquia are scheduled on Friday afternoons throughout the semester. The presentations allow students and faculty to engage in a broad range of topics of interest in mathematical sciences. [Schedule]

Student-Faculty Tea: Wednesdays at 2:30 PM in the 3rd Floor Lobby

Come and join us for tea, hot chocolate, and cookies or other goodies. Tea is from 2:30 to 4:00-ish each Wednesday afternoon in the third floor 'Elevator Lobby' of Walker Hall. Everyone is welcome!

 Department Tea with guests and a table with food platters      

Student Scholars Day (SSD): TBA in April

Students are invited to present their scholarly endeavors at our annual student scholars day, held on campus in Walker Hall each April. Our first annual SSD was held on April 28, 2018. Eleven students gave talks, and fun was had by all! [2018 Presentation Schedule [PDF]

Pi Day: On or near March 15

Each year the department participates in activities in order to encourage interest in mathematics (and pie!). Our most recent activities included "pie-ing" professors. [Photos]

STEM Transfer Day: TBA in September

Students interested in majoring in one of the STEM disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics attend a colloquium, take a campus tour, and meet with a transfer admissions specialist.


Faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences engage in a strong program of outreach and engagement.

Activities for K-12 Students:

Faculty in the Department coordinate and/or assist with a variety of activities designed for K-12 students.

  • North Carolina Regional Math Contest: For high school students in their first mathematics course (Math 1), the Regional Math Contest is affiliated with the North Carolina State High School Mathematics Contest sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM).
  • Elevating Mathematics Contest: A mathematics contest for students in grades 4-6, Elevating Mathematics provides opportunities for team and individual mathematics problem-solving challenges.
  • High Country MathCounts Contest: MathCounts provides students in sixth, seventh, and eighth-grades the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers from Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties.
  • High Country Robotics Contest: A joint effort of the Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy, the High Country Robotics contest pits student-created sumo-bots against each other in the ring.
  • Western North Carolina Math Fair: K-12 students from the western North Carolina region of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) present their projects each year on campus.  Finalists from the western region are invited to present at the state level held at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics later in the spring.
  • Women in Mathematics Badge for Girl Scouts: Faculty coordinate a program in which girls in grades 5-12 to interact with women mathematicians and alumnae and learn about their career paths and what they work on.

Activities For K-12 Teachers:

In addition to teaching classes, faculty in the Department participate in a number of professional development activities for mathematics teachers at all levels.

  • Math Education Leadership Training (MELT) Institutes: MELT provides support and professional development for K-12 mathematics teachers in North Carolina and other states.
  • Public School Partnership: In cooperation with the Reich College of Education Public School Partnership, mathematics faculty engage with teachers from the region in exploring mathematics teaching and learning, discussing collaborative efforts in curriculum and activities, and more.

Other Things We Do:

  • COMAP Contest Grading: We are a grading site for the COMAP (Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications) contest in mathematical modeling for college teams from around the world.
  • Moody's Mega Math Contest Grading:  Faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences grade for the annual Moody's Mega Math Challenge, a mathematical modeling problem-solving competition for high school students.