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June 21, 2017

The 23rd Annual Conference for African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS23) will be held at the University of Michigan from June 21st to the 24th. 

UMTRI's Robert Hampshire, research assistant professor in the Human Factors group, Chad Prof. Jenkins of Computer Science and math professor Robert Megginson are the co-organizers of the prestigious symposium. The conference highlights and acknowledges the current research done by African American researches, as well as graduate students in the mathematical sciences. 

CAARMS was conceptualized by William Massey of Bell Laboratories in the 1990s as an idea to confront important issues that affect African Americans in mathematical research and recognition. With the first conference in 1995, the organization has since strengthened and encouraged the persistent mathematical and scientific research of African Americans and members of other minority groups by focusing on their accomplishments, building strong working relations, and helping enhance their careers. 

CAARMS23 will continue the legacy of the nearly quarter-century long program by establishing a forum at the University of Michigan for minority researchers to discuss their work in different mathematical fields and to mentor graduate students. Some highlights of the conference include 10 research lectures, a student poster contest, and themes on data science. There will also be a lecture by Professor Rudy Horne, a mathematics consultant to the critically acclaimed movie, Hidden Figures. 

The open reception will also feature a math and music theme, hosted by Marcus Miller, a professional jazz musician and mathematician. 

The University of Michigan previously hosted CAARMS in 1999. This year’s conference will be held at Rackham Amphitheatre on U of M’s central campus with generous support from the College of Engineering, Michigan Institute for Data Science, Harvard University, IvySys Technologies and the National Science Foundation. To learn more about this conference or the CAARMS organization, head to for more details.