UW Math Day

Program Details

IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR 2018: The campus headquarters for the Math Day will be Kane Hall on the north edge of Red Square. Kane is the location for the Plenary Lecture, event registration, and a drop in activity in the lobby!

  • Problem Solving with Puzzles in Kane Lobby. Thank you to Math & Stuff  in Seattle for providing this activity each year! (sessions I, II, III)

Session Overview

During each of the three sessions students have three options available to them:

1) Concurrent Lecture Sessions

The major emphasis of Math Day is on concurrent lecture sessions which feature a wide variety of topics. Most lectures are located close to Kane Hall. They are primarily in campus buildings either in The Quad or near Drumheller Fountain. Tickets are not needed for these lectures, but rooms are subject to filling to their maximum capacity.

2018 Lectures 
***Lecture schedule subject to change***

Lecture Abstracts

9:00-10:00 AM
Welcome Address: Suzanne Hawley, Professor, UW Astronomy
Plenary Address: Steve Klee, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Seattle University
Autocorrect Fail? The Math Behind Why Smart Phones (sometimes) do Silly Things
Session I
10:15-10:55 AM
Daniel Finkel,  Founder & Director of Operations, Math for Love
Billiard Balls and Laser Beams
Sara Billey,  Professor, Mathematics, UW
Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Boogeyman Behind it
Kristin DeVleming,  Graduate Student, Mathematics, UW
Donuts and Coffee Cups (and other Mathematical Surfaces)
Andrew Berget,  Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, WWU
Really, There’s New Math?
Jennifer McLoud-Mann, Professor & Chair, Division of Engineering and Mathematics, UW Bothell
Perplexing Simply Stated Problems
Panel Discussion:  Undergraduate Life at UW
Session II
11:15-11:55 AM
Monty McGovern, Professor, Mathematics, UW
The Wonderful World of Graphs
Jonah Ostroff, Lecturer, Mathematics, UW
How to Be Extremely Good at Dots and Boxes
Sam Burden, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, UW
Humans and Robots
Allison Henrich, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Seattle University
It’s all Fun and Games Until Somebody Becomes a Mathematician!
Adam Kapilow, Graduate Student, Mathematics, UW
How to Juggle Numbers
Session III
1:20-2:00 PM
Amos Turchet, Acting Assistant Professor
Never-ending Fractions, Herds of Cattle, Riddles and Criptography: a Tale by Diophantus
Wing L. Mui, Chair, The Overlake School
Sharing Cakes With No Headaches
Jonathan Beardsley, Professor, Mathematics, UW
Symmetry, Topology and the Nobel Prize
Ioana Dumitriu, Professor, Mathematics, UW
How to Catch a Liar: from Games to Coding Theory
Panel Discussion:  UW Admissions

Lecture Details

2) Campus Field Trips / Tours
(tickets required)

Also scheduled during each of the three sessions are, field trips to various campus laboratories and facilities where math is put to use every day.  Capacity for these activities is limited  so hard copy tickets are issued to attendees (students, teachers and adult chaperones) which are required to participate.  Not every attendee at Math Day can participate in a ticketed field trip or activity. Tickets are randomly assigned to each school. Every contact person per school can expect to be issued enough tickets to equal 40%-50% of their school’s total registered attendees.

More ticket details:

  • Ticket swapping is allowed and encouraged!
  • Attendees with tickets should meet their guides outside of Kane Hall, ten minutes before the field trip/activity starts. Have your ticket ready to give to your guide!
  • Attendees must have the appropriate ticket for the field trip or activity in which they are participating OR be added from the standby line to participate.

Link to complete Field Trip and Ticketed Activities details

3) Drop In Activity in Kane Hall Lobby.  Tickets are not needed and students can join these activities at any time during the session.

  • Problem Solving with Puzzles,   Thank you to Math & Stuff  in Seattle for providing this activity each year!
    • Available during: Sessions I, II & III.
    • Location: Kane Hall, First Floor Lobby


Students should bring their own lunch and eat on campus. Since Math Day is held during spring break for the UW,  there are a limited number of places open on campus to purchase food. However, there is plenty of outdoor seating around campus close to the event including benches and grassy areas. The Ground Level of the Husky Union Building (HUB) has indoor seating and a few places to purchase food, in the Husky Den.


*  Details are subject to change

**  Access to the Opening Plenary Lecture is first come, first served.