16th Annual TORUS Conference

Come Join the 16th Annual Texas Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium (TORUS) Hosted at Southern Nazarene University!

February 17, 2024

City of Bethany

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What is TORUS?

TORUS is an annual conference held at various colleges in Oklahoma and Texas. This free one day event will bring 100 mathematics professors and students together to provide a unique in-depth learning experience for attendees that are interested in mathematics and any of its respective subfields.

Why should you attend?

  • Hear research presentations from undergraduate students from Oklahoma and Texas​
  • Present your research papers
  • Network with others in the field
  • Learn how to publish mathematical research
  • Find jobs and mentorship opportunities
  • Hear panel discussions on mathematics careers
  • Compete in a Jeopardy-style contest

Who Can Register?

  • Anyone in the math community is welcome to attend. This includes undergraduate students, graduate students, high school students, and faculty.
  • Attendees are encouraged to register before February 9, 2024. Limited in-person registration will be available on the day of the event, but lunch may not be available for attendees who register in-person.
  • Attendees who plan to give a research presentation (i.e. research talk) must register by February 2, 2024.

TORUS 2024 Invited Speakers 

Morning Invited Address

Speaker: Dr. Henry Segerman, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Oklahoma State University

Title: Artistic mathematics: truth and beauty

Abstract: I’ll talk about my work in mathematical visualization: making accurate, effective, and beautiful pictures, models, and experiences of mathematical concepts. I’ll discuss what it is that makes a visualization compelling, and show many examples in the medium of 3D printing, as well as some work in virtual reality and spherical video. I’ll also discuss my experiences in teaching a project-based class on 3D printing for mathematics students.

Afternoon Invited Address

Speaker: Nick Cox-Steib, PhD, Applied Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Tulsa

Title: (0,1)-Matrices as an Undergraduate Research Challenge 

Abstract: A “(0,1)-Matrix” is a matrix with elements that are all either 0 or 1.  These matrices show up in a variety of interesting problems, ranging from practical applications, like Signal Processing and Combinatorial Optimization, to purely theoretical pursuits, such as the Representation Theory of Finite Groups and Algebras.  The relatively simple structure and broad applicability of this class of matrices makes them an ideal topic for introducing undergraduates to the world of Mathematical Research.  

In this talk, I will discuss some intriguing questions related to (0,1)-Matrices and give some examples from work done at the University of Tulsa.

2024 TORUS Schedule of Events

Southern Nazarene University
Bethany, OK

Time EventLocation
8:30 amRegistration opensWebster Commons 1st floor 
9:00 amWelcome: Dr. Nicholas Zoller
(Southern Nazarene University)
Webster Commons Heritage Room
9:05 amInvited Address: Dr. Henry Segerman
(Oklahoma State University)
Artistic Mathematics: Truth and Beauty
Webster Commons Heritage Room
10:05 am Break
10:20 amStudent research presentationsWebster Commons Heritage Room
10:45 amMath Jeopardy (Round 1)
Teams of 2 or 3 undergraduate students
Webster Commons Heritage Room
12:00 pmLunchWebster Commons Heritage Room
1:15 pmInvited Address: Dr. Nick Cox-Steib
(University of Tulsa)
(0,1)-Matrices as an Undergraduate Research Challenge
Webster Commons Heritage Room
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pm Math Careers Panel Discussion
Katie Jones, Crawley Petroleum
Kara Adams, Chesapeake Energy
Rachel Frisbee, Choctaw High School
Webster Commons Heritage Room
3:15 pmBreak
3:30 pmMath Jeopardy (Round 2 & Final Jeopardy)
Teams of 2 or 3 undergraduate students
Prizes for first and second place teams
Webster Commons Heritage Room
5:00 pm Conclusion of conference
See you next year at Tarleton State University!

Present at the Conference

TORUS is an excellent opportunity for students who would like to propose a course project, undergraduate research, or related material in the mathematical sciences or STEM. Presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes including Q&A time.

Undergraduates who are planning to give a presentation should register by February 2, 2024.

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Please Contact:
Dr. Nicholas Zoller
Department of Mathematics Chair

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