Math Day 2019 - January 26, 2019

FAU Math Day 2020

Math Day Rescheduled - Our first-ever LIVE, VIRTUAL MATH DAY !!

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the spread of Covid-19, we are changing the venue and have a new date as we take Math Day to YOU!

Math Day will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 through Zoom and Canvas. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the platform, no worries we already have that covered. Our team will be testing your connection that week. There will be more on this later.

We are going to have two competitions, an individual competition and a team competition. As usual, in the team competition the teams compete for their school. Complete rules and format will be provided to all registrants.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Kara L. Maki, an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, and the Director of the SMASH Experience for Girls at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her research efforts focus on developing mathematical models to understand thin systems involving the flows of biological and complex fluids, and the mechanics of biomedical materials.  Currently, she is working on characterizing the re-centering mechanics of contact lenses, the tear film formation during a blink, and pattern manipulation in drying droplets of colloidal suspensions under the application of an electric field.  A second thrust of Dr. Maki’s research program involves designing and implementing a research-based educational program, called the SMASH Experience for Girls, to inspire the next generation of women mathematicians, scientists and engineers. Dr. Maki received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware in 2009.  She completed a two-year postdoctoral position at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota.  In 2011, she joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology.

In her keynote address, Dr. Maki will explain two different research efforts underway applying the technique of mathematical modeling to quantify the influence of a blink in (i) tear film formation and (ii) contact lens re-centering. The blink plays an important role in the health and function of our eyes.  For example, the blink facilitates the re-establishment of an optically-smooth surface necessary for refraction, and it removes any irritants, such as dust, from the ocular surface.  Furthermore, for contact lens wearers, it is the forceful blink that inserts the contact lens onto the front of your eye, and it is the blink that moves the contact lens around delivering fresh tear fluid and oxygen to the ocular surface covered by the lens.

All attendees will need to register individually. Canvas Community accounts will be set up for all individuals attending, and links for the contest will be posted through the Canvas account. Teachers, you will be placing your students on teams prior to the competition. Any individuals coming without their school/sponsoring teacher will be invited to play along, but cash prizes will go to the top three schools of the team competition. Please note that teachers will be asked to place their students on teams of 3 to 5 students, using the least amount of teams possible from your school. Lists of registered students from each school will be sent to the team/school sponsor.

All students are eligible to participate in the Individual Competition, with prizes awarded to the top individual students. This competition will be limited to up to 200 students, and registration will close no later than October 20, 2020.

The following cash prizes will be awarded:


Winner: $200

First Runner Up: $100

Second Runner Up: $100

Third to Seventh Place: $50


Prizes go the school, must be picked up by a Teacher

Winning Team: $500

Second Place: $300

Third Place: $200


We'll need all participants, teachers and volunteers to register!

Register Here!


 Math Day 2020 Tentative Schedule



8:20 – 8:50 a.m.

Registration - All Participants/Teachers/Volunteers - Begin Logging In.

8:50 - 9:00 a.m.

Introductions and Welcome - Dr. Rainer Steinwandt (Chair, Mathematical Sciences)

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.  Keynote Address (All Attendees) - "A mathematical study of the influence of a blink."
 Presented by Dr. Kara Maki (Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology)

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

 All students: Individual Competition

 Teachers: Join Dr. Winkowska-Nowak for her presentation, "GeoGebra and Online Learning"

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

 LUNCH BREAK - We'll keep our Zoom Meeting space open for any questions.

11:45 - 12:00pm

Intro to Zoom features for Team Contest/Instructions for Submission in Canvas

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Team Competition

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

For upcoming event information please check the Department page.

We thank all of you who registered in March and we hope to see you in October.

For questions or suggestions, send your e-mails to
or email Dr. Tomas Schonbek at

Suggestions from teachers, especially from those who attended previous Math Days, are particularly welcome.

Click the link for more information on our previous contests as we celebrate International Day of Mathematics, PI Day, and our "Sweet 16!" PI DAY 2020

For questions or suggestions, send your e-mails to
or email Dr. Tomas Schonbek at


About FAU

Florida Atlantic University serves over 30,000 undergraduates, and 5,000 graduate and professional students in a rapidly expanding urban environment with the main campus located three miles from the Atlantic Ocean, on an 850-acre site in Boca Raton. The department of mathematical sciences offers the degrees BA, BS, MS, MS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, MS in Teaching, and Ph.D. in Mathematics. There are 35 faculty members in the department, most of them actively engaged in research in areas that range from the purely classical to cutting-edge applications in biomathematics and communications security. Students graduating from the department have the option of pursuing careers in teaching, in industry, or continue their mathematical education by enrolling in a graduate program, either at FAU or elsewhere. For qualified students, the department offers a combined BS-MS program.


Math Day 2020 is made possible through the very generous underwriting sponsorship of Wells Fargo Bank and other generous donors.

Math Day is organized by Tomas Schonbek, Emily Cimillo, Sonia Kimbrough, Maria Provost, and Jeanne Cimillo. The competition problems are prepared by Paul Yiu, Xiao-Dong Zhang, and Tomas Schonbek. Moreover, Math Day would not be possible without the enthusiastic and indispensable support received from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Center for Cryptology and Information Security, the staff, faculty, and students of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, as well as the support of OIT in helping to set up our first virtual event, and last, but definitely not least, from all the hard working high school mathematics teachers in Broward, Palm Beach, Dade, and Martin counties.