Conference for African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS)
presents CAARMS 21, hosted by ICERM (June 24-27, 2015)


In the early 1990s, William Massey of Bell Laboratories (then AT&T, now Lucent Technologies) had an idea for an organization devoted mainly to addressing critical issues involving African-American researchers and graduate students in the mathematical sciences. It was envisioned that this organization would highlight current research by African-American researchers and graduate students in mathematics, strengthen the mathematical sciences by encouraging increased participation of African-Americans and members of other underrepresented groups, facilitate working relations among them, and provide assistance to them in cultivating their careers. This organization became known as the Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS). For the past twenty years this conference has been held at various institutions and institutes across the U.S. (see The CAARMS 21 program will include invited speakers, tutorials, and a graduate students poster session. While this conference is open to all, it will provide a forum where minority researchers in the mathematical sciences can meet each other and share their work across different mathematical fields.

Registration Information:

For those who registered for CAARMS, please send a check made payable to Brown University to:
Brown University
Box 1995
Providence, RI 02912


Organizing Committee

  • William Massey
    (Princeton University)
  • Ulrica Wilson
  • Henok Abraham
    (The Franklin Institute)
  • Opeyemi Akinbola
    (University of Michigan)
  • John Belcher*
  • Bekele Berhanu
    (Addis Ababa University)
  • Terrence Blackman*
    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Naiomi Cameron *
    (Lewis and Clark College)
  • Shamaera Campbell
    (Morgan State University)
  • Lincoln Chandler
    (Chandler Decision Services)
  • Chae Clark
    (University of Maryland)
  • Melvin Currie*
    (National Security Agency)
  • Dennis Dean
    (Harvard Medical School)
  • Gelonia Dent
    (City University of New York (CUNY))
  • JOnathan Esole
    (Harvard University)
  • Christina Glenn
    (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • Edinah Gnang *
    (Purdue University)
  • Edray Goins
    (Purdue University)
  • Jean Guillaume
    (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
  • Johnny Guzman
    (Brown University)
  • Joshua Hale
    (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Robert Hampshire
    (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Shannon Harris
    (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Rudy Horne
    (Morehouse College)
  • Chelsea Huston
    (Morgan State University)
  • Henry Ibekwe
    (University of Houston)
  • Kamal Ibrahim
    (NetApp Inc.)
  • Kingsley Iyawe
  • Monica Jackson
    (American University)
  • Kai James *
    (Columbia University)
  • Daniel Jordon
    (University of Michigan)
  • Donald King
    (Northeastern University)
  • Samory Kpotufe *
    (Princeton University)
  • William Massey
    (Princeton University)
  • Paul Millington
    (Okemos Applied Systems Research)
  • Marquise Mitchell
    (The Franklin Institute)
  • Calandra Moore
    (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
  • Jelani Nelson *
    (Harvard University)
  • Asamoah Nkwanta
    (Morgan State University)
  • Alfred Noel
    (University of Massachusetts)
  • Elliot Outland
    (University of Georgia)
  • Terrence Pendleton
    (Iowa State University)
  • Cristian Potter
    (Purdue University)
  • Haleigh Redmon
    (Morgan State University)
  • Keanu Richardson
    (University of Michigan)
  • Aquia Richburg
    (University of Maryland at Baltimore)
  • Ahmad Ridley
    (Department of Defense)
  • Laura Roberts
    (Princeton University)
  • Philippe Saint-Juste
    (City College, CUNY)
  • Bolanle Salaam
    (University of Georgia)
  • Thomas Shepard
    (The Franklin Institute)
  • Idris Stovall *
    (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Octavious Talbot
    (Harvard University)
  • Karen Taylor
    (Bronx Community College, CUNY)
  • Alain Togbe
    (Purdue University)
  • Rachel Vincent-Finley
    (Southern University )
  • Wilton Virgo*
    (Texas A&M International University (TAMIU))
  • Cleveland Waddell
    (North Carolina State University)
  • Jonathan Welburn
    (University of Wisconsin)
  • Nathaniel Whitaker
    (University of Massachusetts)
  • Alexis White
    (American University)
  • Bobby Wilson *
    (University of Chicago)
  • Ulrica Wilson
    (Morehouse College)
  • William Wilson
    (Harvard University)
  • Zerotti Woods
    (University of Georgia)
  • Asia Wyatt
    (University of Maryland)
  • Karamatou Yacoubou-Djima
    (University of Maryland)
  • Michael Young *
    (Iowa State University)
Wednesday June 24, 2015
Time Description Speaker Location Abstracts Slides
1:00 - 3:00Check-In and Registration121 South Main Street, 11th Floor
3:00 - 4:30Mathematical Thinking and CAARMS HistoryWilliam Massey, Princeton University11th Floor Lecture Hall
5:00 - 6:00Can you hear the shape of a drum? Space, Number, Symmetry & EquityJohn Belcher, West Ocala Roots and STEM Initiative (WORASI) & Terrence Blackman, University of Denver, Education Research, Policy and Practice 11th Floor Lecture Hall
6:00 - 8:00Welcoming Reception11th Floor Collaborative Space

Thursday June 25, 2015
Time Description Speaker Location Abstracts Slides
8:00 - 8:45Breakfast and Registration 11th Floor Collaborative Space
8:45 - 9:00Welcoming RemarksJill Pipher, Director of ICERM11th Floor Lecture Hall
9:00 - 10:00Dimensionality Reduction via Sparse Matrices Jelani Nelson, Harvard University
10:00 - 10:10Lightning Poster Session #111th Floor Lecture Hall
10:10 - 10:20Coffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
10:20 - 11:20Belyi Maps for Trees of a Given PassportNaiomi Cameron, Lewis and Clark College11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:20 - 11:30Lightning Poster Session #211th Floor Lecture Hall
11:45 - 1:15Discussion Workshop Lunches (Theme: How Do We All Get Along?)I. Computer Data and Decision Sciences II. Mathetmatical Algorithms and Mathematical Theorems III. Mathematical Education and Mathematical Research11th Floor Collaborative Space and Lecture Hall
1:30 - 2:30Estimating modes with k-NN graphsSamory Kpotufe, Princeton University11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:30 - 2:40Lightning Poster Session #311th Floor Lecture Hall
2:40 - 2:50Coffee Break 11th Floor Collaborative Space
2:50 - 3:50Solving the Quantum Many-Body Problem at the Limits of Spatial DimensionWilton Virgo, Texas A&M University and Harvard University11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:50 - 4:00Break – General11th Floor Collaborative Space
4:00 - 5:00A Combinatorial Approach to the Algebra of Matrices and Hypermatrices with ApplicationsEdinah Gnang, Purdue University11th Floor Lecture Hall
5:00 - 7:30Angela Grant Poster Session for Student Researchers 11th Floor Lecture Hall and Collaborative Space

Friday June 26, 2015
Time Description Speaker Location Abstracts Slides
8:00 - 9:00Breakfast and Registration11th Floor Collaborative Space
9:00 - 10:00Robotics to Reach Out and Change the WorldChad Jenkins, Brown University11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:15Coffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
10:15 - 11:15Design of Nonlinear Mechanical Systems Using Numerical OptimizationKai James, Columbia University and University of Illinois11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:15 - 11:30Lightning Discussion Workshop Review Session11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 11:45Group Photo 11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:45 - 1:15Discussion Workshop Lunches11th Floor Collaborative Space
1:30 - 2:30Zero Forcing and its ApplicationsMichael Young, Iowa State University11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:30 - 3:00Coffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
3:00 - 4:00Tangents of Sigma-Finite Curves and Scaled OscillationBobby Wilson, University of Chicago11th Floor Lecture Hall
4:00 - 4:30Break – General11th Floor Collaborative Space
4:30 - 5:30The Dudley L. Woodward Scholars ProgramIdris Stovall, Franklin Institute and University of Pennsylvania11th Floor Lecture Hall
7:00 - 8:00Banquet and Angela Grant Poster AwardsLight Reception with Cash BarThe Providence Biltmore Hotel - Balcony
8:00 - 11:00Banquet and Angela Grant Poster AwardsBLACKWELL-WILKINS KEYNOTE SPEAKER-Melvin Currie, National Security Agency, retiredThe Providence Biltmore Hotel - Garden Room

Saturday June 27, 2015
Time Description Speaker Location Abstracts Slides
9:00 - 9:30Breakfast The Providence Biltmore Hotel
9:30 - 9:40Workshop Introduction The Providence Biltmore Hotel
9:40 - 10:00Poster Winner Lecture #1The Providence Biltmore Hotel
10:00 - 10:20Poster Winner Lecture #2The Providence Biltmore Hotel
10:20 - 10:40Poster Winner Lecture #3The Providence Biltmore Hotel
10:40 - 11:00Break – GeneralThe Providence Biltmore Hotel
11:20 - 11:40Poster Winner Lecture #4The Providence Biltmore Hotel
11:40 - 12:00Poster Winner Lecture #5The Providence Biltmore Hotel
12:00 - 12:00Closing Event