Since 2008, the IMA’s Community Relations Community (CRC) has served as an advocate for the IMA, working to foster strong support of the institute by developing external funding sources through contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. In 2013, outreach activities included participation in the University of Minnesota’s (UMN’s) program, Exploring Careers in Engineering and Physical Science, hosting activities for 25 high-school students over one week in the summer of 2013.
The IMA’s Public Lecture Series featured well-known mathematicians Kristin Lauter (Microsoft), Andrew Hodges (University of Oxford), David Mumford (Brown University), and Kenneth Golden (University of Utah), presenting on contemporary topics in applied mathematics.
The institute also collaborated with the Science Museum of Minnesota to produce an exciting installation featuring activities for kids to explore the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP). The most popular was a photo booth where kids could create their own TSP self-portrait. In 420 days, an impressive 15,241 TSP images were generated on the kiosk camera.
Most recently, the IMA postdoctoral fellows represented the IMA at the UMN Math and Science Family Fun Fair, which is attended each year by nearly 4,000 families.
In 2014, the IMA has decided to launch our own outreach initiative, modeled after our Mathematical Modeling in Industry Workshop for Graduate Students program, which was established in 1992. The current math modeling program will be adapted for high-schoolers with an affinity for mathematics.
The work of the IMA would not be possible without the energy and support of our dedicated community. Please support the IMA as we continue to reach our goal of $50,000 toward K-12 outreach.