Dear mathematics major or minor or engineering major,

First of all, welcome back to campus for Fall 2005 semester! And a special welcome to those of you that are beginning your first year at St. Michael's. Wishing you all much success over the upcoming academic year.

I wish to bring to your attention that once again this year there will be a conference for undergraduate students interested in mathematics during the Spring semester. The thirteenth annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (HRUMC) will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. In the past several years, a contingent of students and faculty from St. Michael's has gone to the HRUMC, and several students and faculty members have given presentations at previous conferences. For more information about this meeting, you can check out the conference homepage at http://www.skidmore.edu/academics/mcs/hrumc.htm. At this site, you can find details about last year's conference which was held at Williams College.

At the HRUMC, some talks are given on original research in mathematics or a related field (done by students, faculty, or jointly), while others are expositions of interesting work that has been accomplished and discoveries that have been made in mathematics (typically not discussed in regular course work). If you think that you might be interested in giving a talk or attending the conference to see what it's like, please let me or anyone else in the mathematics department know. If you'd like to get more information about this opportunity, just e-mail me back or stop by my office and I'd be happy to discuss it more with you. I have copies of recent conference programs if you'd like to get a feel for what the conference involves and the type of talks given. I look forward to hearing back from some of you about this opportunity.

Best wishes,

George Ashline

Dept. of Mathematics

Jeanmarie 261, x 2434