# Special Events

The UTC Department of Mathematics hosts a number of special events each year for students, faculty and staff and the general public. Since 1999, the department has sponsored the Department of Mathematics Colloquium Series. This series provides both UTC mathematics faculty as well as guest speakers the opportunity to highlight their most recent research in the field of mathematics. The colloquium series is open to anyone with an interest in mathematics.

Each spring, to coincide with National Math Awareness Month, the department hosts two separate events. The first, our Department Honor's Day Reception and Awards Ceremony, honors the scholastic achievement of our students during the academic year and inducts new members into the UTC chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society. The department also hosts a poster contest for area middle and high school students which enables them to explore the area of mathematics.

Other special events occur through the year as well. Pi Mu Epsilon sponsors a mathematics movie night each semester as well as a yearly sudoku tournament. Periodically, conferences and guest speakers will be scheduled. Be sure to check the list of upcoming events to see what new and interesting things are going on in the math department.

### Events

#### Pi Your Professor

The UTC Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics society, sponsored “Pi Your Professor” in March of 2019. Anyone who paid $3 could chunk a whipped-cream pie into the face of a professor or graduate teaching assistant.

#### Sudoku Competition

Each year the UTC Department of Mathematics chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon hosts a campus sudoku competition on campus. This competition raises much needed supplies for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen such as powdered milk, mayonnaise, canned fruit, toilet paper, and sandwich bags, among other items.

#### UTC Mathematics Poster Competition

On Monday, March 5, 2018, the Department of Mathematics of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga held its tenth annual Mathematics Poster Competition with the theme "Historical Mathematics." Over 135 students from eight local middle- and high schools submitted 91 posters for consideration by the judges who represented several UTC academic departments; electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and mathematics. While the judging part of the competition took place, students and teachers joined in a campus tour.

Click on the link for Poster Competition Rules.

We were extremely pleased with the quality of work submitted by students this year. Thanks to all the teachers who worked with their students and made the extra efforts to bring their students to the competition.

#### Pictures of the 2018 Competition Winners:

The next competition will be held in spring 2020. Interested students and teachers
should contact Dr. Lakmali Weerasena at **Lakmali-Weerasena@utc.edu**.