Activities & Outreach


Colloquium: Fridays at 3 PM in 103A Walker Hall or via ZOOM (varies!)

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 Organizations and Activities

The Department sponsors several clubs and other activities for students related to the mathematical sciences, including the Math Club, the Actuarial Science Club, and the Prospective Teachers of Mathematics  Club as well as the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society. Students also participate in a variety of math-related local, regional and national contests. [More info]

Student-Faculty Tea: We are waiting to see how things go with COVID before beginning to have tea again. Watch your email!

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)

Each Spring, undergraduate and graduate students present their scholarly endeavors at our annual student scholars day, held on campus in Walker Hall each April.  Students give a short talk or participate in the poster session. Group presentations and posters are welcomed. 

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: Each Fall

Students from several community colleges are invited to come to campus and learn about Appalachian. Students interested in majoring in one of the STEM disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics attend a colloquium, tour the departments, meet with a transfer admissions specialist, and do some math!

K-12 and Community College Mathematics Organizations

  • NCCTM: Our faculty are committed to advancing the state of K-12 mathematics and statistics teaching in NC, and many are actively involved in the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The 2019 State Mathematics Conference was held on November 7-8, 2019 in Greensboro.
  • NCMATYC: Our faculty are heavily engaged in working with community college faculty individually and through participation in the NC Mathematics Association of Two-year Colleges' Annual Meeting and Conference. The 2020 Conference was postponed indefinitely due to the transition to remote learning.


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: 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.
  • Math Counts Coaching: Our faculty help with coaching MathCounts teams. In 2019 Amber Mellon coached the Hardin Park Elementary School Team, and the team took first place overall in the high country!
  • 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.