Pictured are conference attendees Michael Mitchell of Sam Houston State University and Ana Valdes of St. Mary's University.

SFA hosted the eighth annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference in late October. More than 100 students and approximately 40 faculty members from across the state participated in the two-day event. Students attended talks, presented their own research discoveries and competed in mathematical competitions. Featured speakers were Dr. Brian Hall of the University of Notre Dame discussing symmetry in physics and mathematics, and Dr. Robert Shuttleworth of ExxonMobil speaking on using mathematics to determine where and how to drill oil wells around the world. The conference was sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America, SFA's STEM Research and Learning Center and the university's Department of Mathematics and Statistics.