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Math Enthusiasts Unite: UHD Hosts Southern Regional Algebra Conference


By Marie Jacinto

Pure mathematics is in its way the poetry of logical ideas.

Albert Einstein

Majoring in Mathematics or interested in switching your major to math? This conference is for you!

This year’s Southern Regional Algebra Conference (SRAC) is right here at UHD, making it easy for UHD students to attend. Under the leadership of Drs. Jean Bernard Nganou (Chair), Ali Duman (co-Chair), and Kumar (co-Chair), SRAC begins at noon on Friday, March 22 through noon on Sunday, March, 24, 2024. All conference activities will be held in rooms SSB-108, SSB-113, SSB-119 of the Marilyn Davies College of Business building. Better yet, there’s no fee to register, and the conference is open to all. Mathematics majors are especially encouraged to attend.

SRAC features 30 to 40 talks and brings together nearly 60 mathematicians, all professors and graduate students who are conducting research in algebra and its applications in cryptography, geometry, and other areas. The conference is open to all, and Mathematics majors are especially encouraged to attend.

“SRAC offers a great opportunity for UHD's Department of Mathematics and Statistics to showcase its research in the area of algebra,” said Dr. Nganou. “For our UHD students, it is a unique opportunity to witness Mathematics research and its applications in action from their own backyard, which can often spark the desire to pursue a career in mathematics.”

The Southern Regional Algebra Conference (SRAC) is an annual weekend conference that has been in existence since 1988 with its first edition held at the University of Southern Mississippi. Each year, around the second half of the month of March, the conference is hosted by a university from the Gulf Coast region. Recent conferences were held at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Georgia College and State University, and Tulane University.

nsf-logo.jpgSRAC 2024 is generously sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the College of Science and Technology, and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.