CUMC 2020 — Online

August 20-23

Frequently Asked Questions

I can't attend the whole conference. Should I still attend part of it?

Yes! Attending part of the conference is still a valuable experience. Unfortunately, the registration fee is the same regardless of how many days of the conference you attend.

I want to give a talk. What should I talk about?

Talks can be on any topic in the mathematical sciences, including pure math, applied math, mathematical statistics, mathematical physics, etc. Your talk need not be based on a research project - it can also be an exposition of an interesting topic you learnt, or any problem you find interesting! You don't need to be an expert in the topic you're speaking about, as long as you fully understand the material you're presenting.

If necessary, you can specify suggested background knowledge in your abstract. However, it is usually best to assume that your audience does not have all of the prerequisites.

Which language should my talk be in?

We welcome talks in English, French, or a combination of the two.

How can I learn about the material from a talk I missed?

You could contact the speaker, as they would likely be happy to discuss the material from their talk and/or provide you resources for learning more about the topic. In addition, we are providing students the option to add their written/slideshow/video presentation to the presentation database. If you check the presentation database, the presentation for the talk you missed may be there.

There is a talk that seems very interesting to me, but I haven't got all the prerequisites. Should I still attend it?

Usually, yes! Often, one can manage to get the big picture of a talk without understanding all of the fine details. If you have difficulty understanding some parts, it's a good idea to talk to the speaker after the talk - they may be able to explain the gaps, or to recommend further reading.

How are the conference events being run remotely?

All conference events will be taking place over Zoom. The codes for all Zoom rooms will be sent out to all attendees by email. Student talks and the poster session will be run using Zoom's breakout rooms feature.

Students can choose to either present their talk live, or to pre-record it and then play it back during their assigned slot. Posters will be circulated to all attendees by email prior to the poster session. Poster presenters can also choose to use Zoom's screen-sharing feature to make their poster visible during the poster session.