Western Kentucky University
Student Chapter

Current and Past Events

Videos of the Past Events:












Tentative Spring 2020 Events

Fall 2019 Events



Event Flyer for Actuary Speaker


All events listed scheduled in COHH 3121 at 4 PM.  Pizza and drink available at meetings.  Brief chapter meeting to follow each event.


  • March 5, 2018 - WKU’s Jason Smith and Dex Wood from the High Performance Computing Center will will talk about, “An Introduction to Parallel Computing.”  No background is required in parallel computing.  1-2 additional presentations on this topic possible with sufficient interest.
  • February 19,2018 - WKU’s Jeremy Jenkins from the the Center for Career an Professional Development will talk about, “How to Write a Better Resume: Tips to Improve Your Chances for Getting a Job."

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  • February 5, 2018 - WKU math grad Cameron White from Fruit of the Loom will give a talk titled, "The Sexiest Career of the Century” - What is Data Science and How Can I Break Into the Field?

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  • November 17-18, 2017, Organized a session as well as the Career Panel, 37th Annual WKU Mathematics Symposium, WKU
  • November 3, 2017 -Dr. Nicholas Peters, Talk on "Study Hard! Scientific Research Uses Math Every Day." 
    • Dr. Nicholas Peters will be visiting from Oak Ridge National Laboratories: We will give a brief history of Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), some examples of major contributions to society, and what it is known for today.  Then, to pick one of several ORNL strengths, we will describe computing enabling scientific progress in diverse research areas.  As we approach the end of the Moore???s law era, we are investigating new paradigms to enable continued growth in computational capability.  Once such technology is quantum computing.  We will give a very brief introduction on what quantum computing is and what it is not.  Then we will describe a recent physics simulation in an effort to understand the scalability of one of the most promising quantum computing technologies.  As a second example of how we use math in research, we will describe nonlinear interferometry.  Finally, we will describe reasons and opportunities to engage with ORNL.
  • October 27, 2017, Tour of Center for Research and Development, Center for Research and Development, South Campus
    • We will be taking a tour of the Center for Research and Development, including parts of the Applied Physics Institute and Supercomputing Facilities.
  • October 10, 2017, Dr. David Zimmer, Talk on "Professor-ial Research Advertisement: Copula Functions and the Housing Crisis"
    September 19, 2017 -  Matt Ramsey will talk about his data analytics work at Compassus in Nashville and how he got to that position majoring as an undergraduate in mathematics economics and with a minor in statistics at the University of Buffalo.
    • Dr. David Zimmer from WKU Economics Department advertises his research: Prior to the housing crisis, the normal distribution was widely used to calculate the riskiness of mortgage-backed securities. But the normal distribution imposes asymptotic independence such that extreme events appear to be unrelated. This restriction might be innocuous in normal times, but during extreme events, such as the housing crisis, the normal distribution might be inappropriate. This talk uses copula functions to show that the degree to which housing prices are linked is far larger than what is implied by the normal distribution.
  • August 29, 2017 - Courtney George & Jacob Menix, Talks about their REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) experience. 
      • The title of Courtney George’s talk is "Spectral Decimation on Graphs Related to the Basilica Julia Set.”  The title of Jacob Menix’s talk is "Statistical Tests for Convergence of Some Random Walks to Perturbed Brownian Motion.”  Each talk will be about 15 minutes.  They will also talk about and answer any questions that you might have regarding REUs.  Afterwards, we will have a business meeting and can answer any questions that you might have about the society.  Pizza and drink will be provided too.
  • May 1, 2017 - Election of Officers and Social Event.
  • April 21, 2017 - Wes Daughtry, Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company, wesdaughtry@hotmail.com, Talk titled “Being an Actuary.”
  • April 11, 2017 - Dr. Jonathan Quiton, Nissan, Jonathan.Quiton@nissan-usa.com, Job Opportunities at Nissan and Tour of Nissan Assembly Plant. 
  • April 3, 2017 - Drs. Mikhail Khenner & Ozkan Ozer, WKU, mikhail.khenner@wku.edu & ozkan.ozer@wku.edu, Professor-ial Research Advertisements Night.
  • March 27, 2017 - Undergraduate Mathematics Research Night.
  • March 7, 2017 - Franklin Milam, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Milam.Walter@bls.gov, Talk on “Connecting Students with Contacts and Career Pathways."
  • March 3, 2017 - Dr. Richard Magin, University of Illinois at Chicago, rmagin@uic.edu, Half-Hour Meet-and-Greet.
  • February 9, 2017,  Dr. Richard Schugart, WKU, richard.schugart@wku.edu, “What is a SIAM Student Chapter?” - Organizational Meeting.

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