Social Events

All events listed are open to all registered participants. It is strongly recommended that for any event requiring a ticket, tickets should be purchased through advance registration. Only a very limited number of tickets, if any, will be available for sale on site. If you must cancel your participation in a ticketed event, you may request a 100% refund by cancelling your purchase by November 9, 2023. After that, only 50% refunds can be issued for any cancellations, up to December 27, 2023. After that date, no refunds can be issued. Please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau (MMSB) to make a cancellation. Special meals are available at banquets upon advance request, but they must be indicated on the Registration/Housing Form.

Grand Opening Reception, Wednesday, 6:00–8:30 pm. The JMM officially opens with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 pm, followed by an Awards Ceremony. The reception will follow the Awards Ceremony. At that time, participants will enjoy festivities to further celebrate our vibrant mathematical community.  At the reception, the mathematical art display, vendor, and exhibitor booths will be available to everyone, along with hors d’oeuvres, food stations, beverages, and entertainment.  ALL are Welcome!  FREE!

American Institute for Mathematics Math Circles Dessert and Games Night Reception, Thursday, 8:00–9:30 pm.

American Statistical Association's Invited Address Reception, Thursday, 6:00–7:00 pm. An open reception–the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of statistics to science and society and to build community.

AMS Journal Reviewer Appreciation Reception, Thursday, 7:00–8:00 pm.

Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) Reception and Lecture, organized by Mike Janssen, Dordt University, Thursday, 6:00–7:00 pm. The Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences warmly invites you to a free reception with light hors d'oeuvres and fellowship. Students are particularly encouraged to attend.

Association for Women in Mathematics Reception and Awards Presentation, Friday, 5:00–6:30 pm. The AWM Reception is open to all JMM participants and will begin at 5:00 pm, during the Poster presentations.

AWM Mentoring Lunch, organized by Darla Kremer, Association for Women in Mathematics, Saturday, Noon–1:00 pm.

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Annual Alumni Reunion, Thursday, 6:00–7:00 pm. Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BMS) Alumni Reunion Event. BSM alums are invited for light appetizers. The BSM North American Directors and staff will be hosting this event. BSM is the prestigious and essential study abroad program for undergraduates studying mathematics, established in 1985.

Canada/USA Mathcamp Alumni and Friends Gathering, organized by Marisa Debowsky, Canada/Usa Mathcamp, Thursday 6:00–7:30 pm. Canada/USA Mathcamp is hosting our annual mini-reunion! Join them for snacks, games, and good conversation with friends old and new.

Estimathon!, organized by Andrew Niedermaier, Jane Street Capital; Thursday, 2:00–4:00 pm (back-to-back 1-hour events: Estimathon session #1 will be at 2:00 pm. and Estimathon session #2 will be at 3:00 pm. Come to whichever one works best for your schedule!). They're called Fermi problems:

  • How many stop signs are in New York City?
  • How much concrete was used to build Hoover Dam?
  • How many primes have strictly increasing digits?

If you can come up with reasonable guesses for any of the above, come to The Estimathon! The Estimathon is a mind-bending mixture of math and trivia. Attendees will work in teams to come up with confidence intervals for 13 Fermi (estimation) problems, ranging from totally trivial to positively Putnamesque. The team with the best set of intervals will be crowned the champs!

ICERM Mixer, organized by Jenna Sousa, ICERM, Friday, 6:00–7:30 pm. ICERM welcomes all past and future participants of our semester programs, workshops, collaborations, and summer @ICERM undergraduate programs to come together for its annual mixer. Those interested in the Simons Collaboration "Arithmetic Geometry, Number Theory, and Computation" are also invited. Refreshments will be served.

Inspiring Stories: How an Academic Rejection Led to Something Amazing, organized by Aaron D. Wootton, University of Portland, and Allison Henrich, Seattle University, Friday, 3:00–4:30 pm. Rejection in all forms is difficult at any stage of a career, and in some cases the fear of rejection actually stops people from taking advantage of opportunities. We regularly hear and celebrate people’s success stories, and that can sometimes make us blind to the fact that every single one of us, even the “rock stars,” suffer rejection. This session is an opportunity for people to hear the other side of the story: the rejections and how people used those rejections to grow.

Knitting Circle, organized by Carolyn Ann Yackel, Mercer University, and sarah-marie belcastro, MathiLy, Thursday, 8:15–9:45 pm. Bring a project (knitting/crochet/tatting/beading/etc.) and chat with other mathematical crafters!

Annual Reception for LGBTQ+ mathematicians. Spectra is affiliated with Out to Innovate, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc., Thursday 6:00–8:00 pm.

MAA Reception: Celebration of Project NExT and Special Interest Groups of the MAA, Friday, 8:00–10:00 pm. A Friday evening reception for Project NExT fellows and members of the Special Interest Groups of the MAA and friends. Come celebrate the achievements of the next generation of teaching innovators and discuss common interests with some of our favorite special interest groups.

Mathematical Reviews Reception, Friday, 6:00–7:00 pm. All friends of Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet) are invited to join reviewers as well as editors and staff of Mathematical Reviews (past and present) for a reception in honor of all of the efforts that go into the creation and publication of the Mathematical Reviews database. This year we are also celebrating the release of the brand-new user interface for MathSciNet. We look forward to seeing old and new friends this year. Refreshments will be served.

Mathematical Institutes Open House, Thursday, 6:00–8:00 pm. Please join us at the Mathematical Institutes Open House reception to learn about the latest programs and workshops being held by a number of institutions. Hope to see you there!

Mathematically Bent Theater, Colin Adams and the Mobiusbandaid Players, Friday 6:00–7:00 pm. When you are trying to prove a theorem, does it help to bang your head against the wall? Why does the Skiponacci Quarterly only produce three issues per year? Did you mistakenly take my tote-bag at the Wisconsin reception at JMM 2023? These are just a few of the questions we will not answer in this presentation of four short humorous math pieces.

Mathematical Variety Show, organized by Dan Margalit, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Nancy Scherich, Elon University, Friday 8:00 pm at the Alcazar Theater. A series of stage acts, all with some connection to mathematics. Performers include magician Art Benjamin, a capella group The Klein Four, mimes Tanya & Tim Chartier, and more! Hosted by mathematical comedian extraordinaire Matt Parker. It is open to the public and is child friendly. Ticket prices are \$25 for students and \$30 for general admission. Purchase a general admission ticket when registering for the JMM. Reserved seating will also be available at higher prices on; otherwise, there will not be any assigned seating. Transportation to the theater will not be provided.

MEET and SHARE: A Mathematicians’ Storytelling Event, organized by Selvi Kara, University of Utah; Silviani Amethyst, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire; and Padi Fuster Aguilera, University of Colorado at Boulder; and presented by The Coalition for the Amplification of Historically Excluded Mathematicians (The Coalition), Thursday, 8:00–10:00 pm. MEET and SHARE will bring together mathematicians from all career stages and offer space to interconnect through personal stories around the theme, ‘Does Not Imply.’ Visit our website for more details and the RSVP form; this event is free but RSVP is required.

National Association of Mathematicians Reception and Banquet, organized by Torina D. Lewis, American Mathematical Society; Omayra Ortega, Sonoma State University; and Aris Winger, Georgia Gwinnett College, Friday, 6:00–9:00 pm. A cash bar reception will be held at 6:00 pm, and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. The Cox-Talbot Invited Address will be given after the dinner, 7:45–8:45 pm. Tickets are available for sale on the JMM Registration Form.

Nevertheless She Persisted: The Daughters of Hypatia, organized by Karl Schaffer, De Anza College, Thursday, 6:30–7:30 pm. Dedicated to the foremothers of mathematics as well as to their leading contemporaries, this exciting six-woman dance concert celebrates great mathematical women throughout the ages, telling their stories with thoughtful dances, dynamic storytelling, colorful projections, and more. The dancers will recount intriguing stories from the women’s lives and perform powerful dances inspired by their mathematical work.

North Carolina State University Reception for Alumni and Friends of the Department of Mathematics, Thursday, 6:00–8:00 pm. All alumni, friends, and participants in the Department of Mathematics programs (e.g., REU, REU+, REG, IMSM, RTG) at North Carolina State University are invited to attend and meet old friends and to hear recent events in the department. H’ors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Contact Hien Tran for more information.

NSA Mathematics Networking Session, Thursday, 6:00–8:00 pm. Come meet NSA mathematicians to talk about the "day in the life" of an NSA mathematician.

Penn State's Eberly College of Science and Department of Mathematics Reception, Thursday, 6:00–8:00 pm. The Penn State Eberly College of Science invites you to join them for food, drinks, and networking! Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register Here.

SLMath (MSRI) Reception for Current and Future Donors, Friday, 6:00–7:30 pm.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Reception on Industrial Math Modeling, Thursday, 7:00–9:00 pm.

Student Chapters Meet & Greet Lunch, Thursday, 11:00 am –1:00 pm.

Undergraduate Student Reception, Friday, 6:00–8:00 pm. A community-building event open to all undergraduate students and their supporters. Join us for activities, games, food, and fun. Organized by AMS and Pi Mu Epsilon, with funding from an AMS donor.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Mathematics Reception, Friday, 5:30–7:30 pm. Everyone ever connected with the department is encouraged to get together for conversation and to hear about Mathematics at the University of Illinois.

University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Reception, organized by Doreen Fussman, University of Michigan, Thursday, 6:00–7:30 pm. Please join us for the University of Michigan, Mathematics, Alumni and Friends Reception!

UMN Friends & Prospective Student Breakfast, Saturday, 7:30–9:00 am. The University of Minnesota invites prospective students, alumni, and friends to connect with Professor and Head Ben Brubaker, Director of Graduate Studies Gregg Musiker, and Graduate Program coordinator over breakfast.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni and Friends Reception, Thursday, 6:00–7:30 pm. All alumni, friends, and participants in the Department of Mathematics programs at UW-Madison are invited. There will be light appetizers and a cash bar.

Wrong Answers Only, Wednesday. 8:45–9:45 pm, organized by Keri Stoever, Lab X.  Created by LabX, a public engagement program of the National Academy of Sciences, Wrong Answers Only is a science comedy game show featuring celebrity guests who play games and quizzes while learning about exciting research with the help of a scientific expert.

Yearly Gather: Collaborative Puzzle Time! Organized by Corrine Yap, Rutgers University; Brian Freidin, Auburn University; Jonah Ostroff, University of Washington; and sarah-marie belcastro, MathiLy, Wednesday, 8:45–10:00 pm. All are invited to enjoy a brand new mathematical puzzle created specially for this year's JMM in this session hosted by {MathILy, MathILy-Er, MathILy-EST} staff. We can also answer your questions about the {MathILy, MathILy-Er} summer programs for high-school students and the MathILy-EST REU for early college students.

YP17 HCSSiM Reunion Breakfast, Friday, 7:17–9:00 am.

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