UMBC to Host Infinite Possibilities Conference (3/30-3/31)

The Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC) is coming to UMBC in March. IPC is a national conference designed to promote, educate, encourage, and support women of color interested in the mathematical sciences.

The agenda for the 2012 conference includes keynote speakers, research talks and poster sessions, and panel discussions ranging from advice for graduate studies to navigating paths beyond the degree.  The day before the conference, there will be a short course in mathematical biology funded by the MSRI collaborative diversity program and organized by the IMA.  There will also be a special component for high school attendees is planned for the Saturday of the conference.

Two of this year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Trachette Jackson, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan and Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, President of UMBC.

A highlight of the conference is the Etta Z. Falconer Banquet.  The late Dr. Falconer devoted 37 years to teaching mathematics at Spelman College and improving the quality of mathematics and science education at the college. During the banquet, the Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated a professional commitment to mentoring and increasing diversity in the sciences, and in particular the mathematical sciences.

The Infinite Possibilities Conference is a project of Building Diversity in Science, hosted by UMBC, with support from NSF, NSA, UMBC, and our corporate sponsors.  Travel grants are available to support about 100 participants (primarily undergraduate and graduate students) attending the conference.  See www.ipcmath.org for more details, including registration and travel support.