The math department has a public outreach project that we call the Asheville Initiative for Mathematics (AIM). The goal of AIM is to increase mathematics awareness and skill in the Asheville/Buncome area. Among its many activities, AIM sponsors an annual Numeracy Conference each fall. Our first Numeracy Conference featured a talk by famed Civil rights leader and Mathematician Robert Moses. AIM will be launching a new web site soon, look for more infomation there. One of our recent events was a booth at the Goombay festival in downtown Asheville. To see a some photos of the event go here.
The Math Department is a supporter and institutional member of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). The purpose of AWM is to encourage women and girls to study and have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and equal treatment of women and girls in these disciplines. Our student chapter has plans for many outreach activities at UNCA and throughout the Asheville community. Janine Haugh is the chapter advisor. For more information on our chapter, visit this website. If you are not already a member of AWM, you can join here.
The Math Department is an active supporter of the Mathematics Association of America and its mission of supporting undergraduate mathematics education. Both faculty and students regularly attend and present at the annual regional conference as well as the national conference. At left is an image of some of our students taking a break between rounds as they participated in the Math Jeopardy contest during the 2011 Southeast Section meeting of the MAA in Tuscaloosa.
The math department also supports the North Carolina State Mathematics Contest. Every year students from all over Western North Carolina converge on UNC Asheville to participate in the Western Region finals.
The math department is an ardent supporter of the North Carolina Science Olympiad. Every year we voluteer as event leaders for many of the events, our students help in a variety of roles and one of our faculty, Cathy Whitlock is a co-director. For more information here is the Science Olympiad website.