Texas Tech University

WHAT: 13th annual Emmy Noether High School Mathematics Day

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 13)

WHERE: Mathematics & Statistics and Chemistry buildings, Texas Tech University

EVENT: The Emmy Noether High School Mathematics Day was founded in 2002 to provide women students with a unique, high-quality experience designed to foster interest in mathematics and careers in mathematics, engineering and science; to provide women students the opportunity to experience a university environment; to gain insight into women professors' experiences and educational opportunities associated with mathematics; and provide women students the opportunity to learn careers in mathematics, science and engineering are attainable.

The event is expected to draw more than students and their teachers from local and area high schools to participate.


  • 9-9:40 a.m.: Registration and opening ceremony, CHEM 107
  • 9:50-10:50 a.m.: Student competition, CHEM 049 and CHEM 107; teacher workshop, MATH 115
  • 11-11:50 a.m.: Workshops for students
  • Noon-12:50 p.m.: Lunch, Student Union Ballroom
  • 1-1:45 p.m.: Careel panel, CHEM 107
  • 1:45-2:30 p.m.: Awards, evaluations and closing, CHEM 107

Workshops for students:

      • “Cards, magic and the hidden secrets of math” by assistant professor Giorgio Bornia, MATH 010
      • Project Lazarus” by graduate student John Calhoun, MATH 110
      • “Parallel lines never meet, or do they?” by associate professor Lars Christensen, MATH 111
      • “Beat the professor in these math games!” by professor Jerry Dwyer, MATH 114
      • “Time scales fly when you're having fun” by assistant professor Raegan Higgins, MATH 112
      • “Mathematics in population biology” by associate professor Sophia Jang, MATH 113
      • “An invitation to projective geometry” by associate professor David Weinberg, MATH 109

Workshops for teachers:

      • “The most complicated derivation of the area formula for a rectangle that you have ever seen” by professor Gary Harris
      • “Using zombies and high performance computing to motivate students” by professor Brock Williams

The career panel will feature Alessandra Corsi, assistant professor in the Department of Physics; Aliza Wong, associate dean of the Honors College; and Texas Tech mathematics graduate Jessica Meixner, a postdoctoral researcher at Notre Dame University.

Emmy Noether was an influential German mathematician known for her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. She was described by others in her field, including Albert Einstein, as the most important woman in the history of mathematics.