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2018 Announcements

Family Math Night, Friday April 20

The Department of Mathematics invites the University community to bring your daughters and sons to the Second Family Math Night at NEIU on Friday, April 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Mathematics Community Center in BBH 364.

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month and the Mathematics Department is celebrating by giving kids mathematical "wow" moments. We encourage you to bring your daughters, sons, younger siblings, nieces and nephews to this hands-on activity. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Nabil Kahouadji will introduce them to knot theory and will use soap bubbles and knots to show them beautiful non-orientable minimal surfaces. Kids of any age are welcome and a “wow” moment is almost guaranteed.

Light snacks and refreshments for the kids will be provided (fruit, crackers, water, juice boxes).

For planning purposes, please RSVP with your name and the number of kids you plan to bring. You may also indicate if you would like to donate some light snacks and refreshments. 

Math is Fun! Mathematics Pi Day Celebration. Location: BBH 364. Mathematics Community Center. Time: March 14, 4-5 p.m. Start with Math is Fun talk "Approximate Pi in the Manner of Archimedes" and some FREE PIES! Round the Block math games! Winners will get a $20 gift card.

Pi Day is coming!  

Pi, the ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference, is 3.14, so this year on 3/14 we celebrate mathematics and delicious pie in the Math Community Center, BBH 364, from 4 to 5 pm. The celebrations include the presentation "Approximate Pi in the Manner of Archimedes" with free pies, and a math game with the prize of a $20 gift card. For more details contact Katy Bird ( or Shan Wang ( in the Math Department.

Applied math seminar talk March 2, 2018, 11:30 a.M.-12:30 P.M.

The Department of Mathematics invites the University community to a lecture titled "Hard Problems in Topology" by Associate Professor Eric Sedgwick, DePaul University, Department of Computer Science, on March 2 at 11:30 a.m. in the Mathematics Community Center in BBH 364.

Abstract: Is it possible to undo a knot or link by changing n crossings? Does a link contain a trivial sub-link with n components? How difficult is it to compute answers to these problems? We show that solving these problems for links is NP-hard, that is, at least as hard as any in a class of problems (NP) that includes classically "hard" problems such as the Traveling Salesman Problem and the Hamiltonian Cycle Problem. The argument uses elementary techniques and will be presented without assuming any prior knowledge of topology, knot/links, or computational complexity. 

For more information, contact Nabil Kahouadji, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics Seminar Coordinator at

Math Department Open House November 2, 2017, 2-4 p.m.

Come to the Mathematics Department's open house on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Mathematics Community Center, BBH 364. We'll have refreshments, advising on courses and programs in the department and lively conversation (both mathematical and non-mathematical)! From 3 to 4 p.m., we will have an alumni panel with students who recently graduated from the program reflecting on their experiences, sharing job/internship search information, and tips for post-graduation life. 

If you are thinking about your next semester's courses, planning for your career post-graduation, or just want to hang out with the faculty and other math students, come by! We look forward to seeing you!

Madame Curie Women in Science Conference

Save the date and make your plans to attend the Madam Curie Women in Science Conference Sept. 18 and 19 on Northeastern Illinois University's Main Campus. The keynote speaker will be Professor Witold Zatonski, M.D. an Epidemiologist from the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Institute of Oncology in Warsaw, Poland.

Scholarship opportunity

NEIU just received a 5-year $1.45 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to help prepare and provide scholarships for undergraduate students interested in becoming high school math and biology teachers and who are in their last two years (junior and senior years). 

The program will also have several components and activities, such as meetings with an advisor, participation in an advisory seminar, a joint research project and teaching lesson with a team of students from the cohort, assignment to a mentor teacher and annual workshops and lectures led by current teachers and education researchers. One stipulation for participation in the program is agreement to work in a high-needs school for five years after graduation. 


Laura J. West, Student Academic Services Specialist in STEM
Student Center for Science Engagement
Phone: (773) 442-5664

Math education talk

The Mathematics Department invites the University community to a lecture by Dr. Jason Siefken, Northwestern University, Department of Mathematics, on May 11, 2017, from 11 a.m.-noon in the new Math Community Center, BBH 364.

Title: A Taste of Active Learning

Abstract: Active learning is the new, hip term in math teaching, but the idea is not new. This talk gives an introduction to several active learning techniques, why they're useful, and what it feels like to be in an active learning classroom. I will also highlight some of the lessons learned implementing active learning in different classrooms with different students and different techniques.

Master's defense presentation, april 27

S. Amir Ali will present his master's defense,
"Deflation Strategy for Polynomial Root Finding"
Date: Thursday, April 27
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Room: BBH 111

All student, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.


The Mathematics Department invites the NEIU community to bring their children to the first "Family Math Night @ NEIU" on Friday, April 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Math Community Center (BBH 364).

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month and in the NEIU Mathematics Department we are celebrating it by giving kids mathematical "wow" moments using soap bubbles.

We encourage you to bring your daughters, sons, younger siblings, nieces and nephews to this hands on activity. Dr. Nabil Kahouadji, from the NEIU Mathematics Department, will use soap bubbles to introduce and illustrate a beautiful and complex mathematical object that is easy to understand.

  • Kids of any age are welcome and a "wow" moment is almost guaranteed!
  • Light snacks and refreshments for the kids will be provided (fruit, crackers, water, juice boxes, etc.).
  • For logistic purposes, please RSVP with your name and number of kids you plan to bring. You may also indicate if you would like to donate some light snacks and refreshments. 

Informational Session

All are welcome at the Mathematics Community Center informational session on Feb. 28, 2017, from 3-4:45 p.m. in BBH 364The purpose of this event is to increase awareness about the math resources and activities provided by the center. Join us to learn about:

● The Mathematics Enrichment Workshop Program
● Mathematics Development Tutoring
● Test of Academic Proficiency Math Preparation Workshops
● The Math Student Committee (Advertising/Fundraising)
● The EMERGE Summer Program

This event is open to the entire Northeastern community.


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