Activities & Outreach


Student Scholars Day: Saturday, April 28

Students are invited to present their research and creative endeavors at our first annual student scholars day. [registration]

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 Department Lobby

Come and join us for tea, hot chocolate, and cookies or other goodies. Tea is from 2:30 to 4:00 pm 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 

 Department Tea table decorated for Halloween and covered with food platters

Pi Day

The department participates in pi day activities in order to encourage interest in mathematics (and pie!).


Faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences sustain a strong program of community and scholarly outreach and engagement.

  • COMAP: 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.
  • Elevating Mathematics: A mathematics contest for students in grades 4-6, Elevating Mathematics provides opportunities for team and individual mathematics problem-solving challenges.
  • High Country 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: 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 Education Leadership Training (MELT) Institutes: MELT provides support and professional development for K-12 mathematics teachers in North Carolina and other states.
  • Moody's Mega Math Contest: 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.
  • Each spring at the 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • STEM Transfer Day: 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.
  • Women in Mathematics Badge for Girls Scouts: Faculty designed a badge for girls in grades 5-12 to interact with women mathematicians and alumnae and learn about their career paths and what they work on.