Mathematics & Statistics Seminars
Northern Arizona University


The “Friday Afternoon Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar” (FAMUS) is a weekly event consisting of announcements, talks, and faculty interviews. FAMUS takes place most Fridays at 3:00-4:00pm in Room 164 of the Adel Mathematics Building. Typically the first half of FAMUS consists of a talk on a mathematical topic while an interview of a faculty member takes place in the second half. FAMUS is hosted by Jeff Rushall.

Come join us for some entertaining talks! Refreshments always served.

Schedule Spring 2023

Note that talks are listed in reverse chronological order.

A Topological Property of Fullerenes

Date: Friday, February 3

Speaker: Maddy Cox (NAU undergraduate math major)

Abstract: Maddy will present progress on her undergraduate research project (joint work with Kaylee Freudenthal). The research project involves analyzing fullerene graphs, and in particular seeing if they possess a specific topological/graph theoretic property.

Maddy will also be the “guest.” She will discuss her recent experience attending the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. [PDF of Flyer]

What are Random Graphs?

Date: Friday, January 20

Speaker: Alyssa Whittemore (former NAU undergraduate math major, recent PhD at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, currently senior research scientist at Boston Fusion)

Abstract: Random graphs are in the magnificent intersection between graph theory and probability theory. Random Graphs were first studied in 1938. In 1959, the great Paul Erdős and Alfréd Rényi introduced one of the most famous models, the Erdős-Rényi model. Coincidentally, Edgar Gilbert introduced a graph model equivalent to the Erdős-Rényi model in 1959 independently. We will discuss both of these random graph models and some that have been studied since, including random geometric graphs.

Alyssa will also be the “faculty guest,” for which she has prepared a slide presentation. Here are her title and abstract for this second portion of FAMUS:

Title: A Random Walk with Math

Abstract: My journey with mathematics began in the fourth grade. My higher education in mathematics began as an undergraduate at NAU. Now, my career in mathematics has led me to Boston. I’ll share bits of my mathematical voyage and how it has gotten me to where I am now: a Senior Research Scientist at a government contractor in New England. [PDF of Flyer]