Organizing Committee

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.. 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

Confirmed Speakers & Participants

Talks will be presented virtually or in-person as indicated in the schedule below.

  • Speaker
  • Poster Presenter
  • Attendee
  • Virtual Attendee
  • Henok Abraham
    The Franklin Institute
  • Opeyemi Akinbola
    University of Michigan
  • Berhanu Belayneh
    Addis Ababa University
  • John Belcher
  • Terrence Blackman
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Naiomi Cameron
    Lewis & 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
  • Terrance 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 Amherst
  • Alexis White
    American University
  • Bobby Wilson
    University of Chicago
  • William Wilson
    Harvard University
  • Ulrica Wilson
    Morehouse College
  • Zerotti Woods
    University of Georgia
  • Asia Wyatt
    University of Maryland
  • Karamatou Yacoubou Djima
    Amherst College
  • Michael Young
    Iowa State University

Workshop Schedule

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
1:00 - 3:00pm EDTCheck-In and Registration121 South Main Street, 11th Floor 
3:00 - 4:30pm EDTMathematical Thinking and CAARMS History - William Massey, Princeton University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
5:00 - 6:00pm EDTCan you hear the shape of a drum? Space, Number, Symmetry & Equity - John Belcher, West Ocala Roots and STEM Initiative (WORASI) & Terrence Blackman, University of Denver, Education Research, Policy and Practice 11th Floor Lecture Hall 
6:00 - 8:00pm EDTWelcoming Reception11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Thursday, June 25, 2015
8:00 - 8:45am EDTBreakfast and Registration 11th Floor Collaborative Space 
8:45 - 9:00am EDTWelcoming Remarks - Jill Pipher, Director of ICERM11th Floor Lecture Hall 
9:00 - 10:00am EDTDimensionality Reduction via Sparse Matrices - Jelani Nelson, Harvard University  
10:00 - 10:10am EDTLightning Poster Session #111th Floor Lecture Hall 
10:10 - 10:20am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:20 - 11:20am EDTBelyi Maps for Trees of a Given Passport - Naiomi Cameron, Lewis and Clark College11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:20 - 11:30am EDTLightning Poster Session #211th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:45 - 1:15pm EDTDiscussion 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 - 2:30pm EDTEstimating modes with k-NN graphs - Samory Kpotufe, Princeton University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
2:30 - 2:40pm EDTLightning Poster Session #311th Floor Lecture Hall 
2:40 - 2:50pm EDTCoffee Break 11th Floor Collaborative Space 
2:50 - 3:50pm EDTSolving the Quantum Many-Body Problem at the Limits of Spatial Dimension - Wilton Virgo, Texas A&M University and Harvard University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
3:50 - 4:00pm EDTBreak – General11th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:00 - 5:00pm EDTA Combinatorial Approach to the Algebra of Matrices and Hypermatrices with Applications - Edinah Gnang, Purdue University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
5:00 - 7:30pm EDTAngela Grant Poster Session for Student Researchers - 11th Floor Lecture Hall and Collaborative Space 
Friday, June 26, 2015
8:00 - 9:00am EDTBreakfast and Registration11th Floor Collaborative Space 
9:00 - 10:00am EDTRobotics to Reach Out and Change the World - Chad Jenkins, Brown University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
10:00 - 10:15am EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:15 - 11:15am EDTDesign of Nonlinear Mechanical Systems Using Numerical Optimization - Kai James, Columbia University and University of Illinois11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:15 - 11:30am EDTLightning Discussion Workshop Review Session11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 11:45am EDTGroup Photo 11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:45 - 1:15pm EDTDiscussion Workshop Lunches11th Floor Collaborative Space 
1:30 - 2:30pm EDTZero Forcing and its Applications - Michael Young, Iowa State University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
2:30 - 3:00pm EDTCoffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:00 - 4:00pm EDTTangents of Sigma-Finite Curves and Scaled Oscillation - Bobby Wilson, University of Chicago11th Floor Lecture Hall 
4:00 - 4:30pm EDTBreak – General11th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:30 - 5:30pm EDTThe Dudley L. Woodward Scholars Program - Idris Stovall, Franklin Institute and University of Pennsylvania11th Floor Lecture Hall 
7:00 - 8:00pm EDTBanquet and Angela Grant Poster Awards - Light Reception with Cash BarThe Providence Biltmore Hotel - Balcony 
8:00 - 11:00pm EDTBanquet and Angela Grant Poster Awards - BLACKWELL-WILKINS KEYNOTE SPEAKER-Melvin Currie, National Security Agency, retiredThe Providence Biltmore Hotel - Garden Room 
Saturday, June 27, 2015
9:00 - 9:30am EDTBreakfast The Providence Biltmore Hotel 
9:30 - 9:40am EDTWorkshop Introduction The Providence Biltmore Hotel 
9:40 - 10:00am EDTPoster Winner Lecture #1The Providence Biltmore Hotel 
10:00 - 10:20am EDTPoster Winner Lecture #2The Providence Biltmore Hotel 
10:20 - 10:40am EDTPoster Winner Lecture #3The Providence Biltmore Hotel 
10:40 - 11:00am EDTBreak – GeneralThe Providence Biltmore Hotel 
11:20 - 11:40am EDTPoster Winner Lecture #4The Providence Biltmore Hotel 
11:40 - 12:00pm EDTPoster Winner Lecture #5The Providence Biltmore Hotel 
12:00 - 12:00pm EDTClosing Event