Black Hills State University will host over 100 mathematicians and mathematics educators during the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) April 25-26. This is the first time the conference will be held on the BHSU campus.

With over 30,000 members, the MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. The Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA includes members from 55 institutions of higher education in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and western South Dakota.

Conference chair Dr. Daluss Siewert, BHSU associate professor of mathematics, was invited by the president of the MAA to serve a three-year term on the Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities and Chapters. This committee is one of the most active of the organization’s national committees, supervising many sessions of contributed papers by students, workshops for students, and panel discussions for students and faculty advisors. Siewert will work with other committee members at national meetings, chairing paper sessions, judging papers and posters, welcoming students at the receptions, and introducing invited speakers.

In the past year, Siewert also presented research at an MAA conference in Pueblo, Colo., and at the Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing in Boca Raton, Fla. A grant from the BHSU Faculty Research Committee allowed Siewert to research relationships between different varieties of matrices. His corresponding article, “Existence of Strict Inequalities Between the Various Matrix Ranks of Tournament Matrices,” was recently accepted for publication in the refereed discrete mathematics journal Congressus Numeratiun, which is published by Utilitas Mathematica Publishing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Siewert joined the faculty at BHSU in 2000. He received his master’s degree in mathematics and doctorate degree in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has been actively involved in the Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA for many years.

To learn more visit the MAA site.