# Special Events

The UTC Department of Mathematics hosts a number of special events each year for students, faculty and staff and the general public.

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

#### Mathematics Colloquium Series

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.

#### 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 and the UTC Math Club hosts a Sudoku Showdown on campus. This competition raises much needed supplies for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

#### UTC Mathematics Poster Competition

Each year, the Department of Mathematics of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga holds its annual Mathematics Poster Competition with a theme related to mathematics. There are typically over 200 students from 10 local middle- and high schools who submit 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 takes place, students and teachers joined in a campus tour.

This year's contest will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in the Tennessee Room
of the University Center. The theme is Beauty of Counting Methods. Interested students
and teachers should contact Dr. Lakmali Weerasena at **Lakmali-Weerasena@utc.edu**

Click on the link for Poster Competition Rules.