Manhattan College is pleased to host the eigth annual Spuyten Duyvil Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. This one day conference will feature presentations by undergraduate students and faculty in mathematics and related disciplines.

The primary goal of the conference is to offer undergraduates the opportunity to attend and actively participate in a professional mathematics meeting and to discuss mathematics with their peers. Attendees may apply to give a 15 minute talk or submit a poster.

Integration Bee Update: Undergraduate students are invited to compete in an integration bee as a part of the conference, with a prize going to the winner! If you are interested in participating, please plan on arriving prior to 9:00 am, at which time we will have a qualifier to determine who will be participating in the bee in the afternoon.

Deadline for submission of Student Abstracts is March 21, 2013.

Funding for SDUMC is provided by NSF grant DMS-0846477 through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program,

Dr. Margaret H. Wright

Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, Courant Institute.

Linear Programming: How Mathematics Can Be Elegant, Fascinating, and Incredibly Useful

Despite its name, linear programming (LP) isn't mainly about computer programming; it is a simple-to-state mathematical problem of enormous practical importance. LP was "discovered" soon after World War II and became incredibly useful almost immediately, despite some theoretical reservations. In 1979 and 1984, the field of LP was shaken by two dramatic revolutions whose effects are still widely misunderstood. This talk will survey a few of the livelier issues from the beginning of LP to the present, including mathematical controversies and international politics, as well as some remaining mysteries.


Margaret H. Wright is Silver Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. She received her B.S. (Mathematics) and M.S. and Ph.D. (Computer Science) from Stanford University. Her research interests include optimization, scientific computing, and real-world applications.

Before joining NYU, she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. She has been president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology.

– Funding for SDUMC is provided by NSF grant DMS-0846477 through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program,
– Spuyten Duyvil graphic by Kristen Bussanich Sangregorio, Manhattan College '06.