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The SIAM Gators is the University of Florida chapter of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The SIAM Gators typically hold a meeting every other week during the fall and spring semesters.

There are two types of meetings hosted by the SIAM Gators: Seminars and ApplyIt Sessions.

Seminars: Each seminar consists of a presentation given by either a student or faculty member on a research project involving applied mathematics, followed by a discussion period. Refreshments in the form of pizza and soft drinks are typically provided at each seminar.

ApplyIt Sessions: These meetings teach participants about a problem that can be solved by applying mathematics and give them the opportunity to collaborate together on solving the problem. Meetings start with a presentation of a problem after which participants have the opportunity to tackle real-world problems by applying knowledge in mathematics, computer science, and teamwork. While programming skills are often useful at these meetings, there are not required. All you need to participate is a will to learn!

The SIAM Gators are currently working to schedule presentations for this upcoming year. Please contact James Diffenderfer via email at if you are interested in contributing a presentation for the seminar. To learn more about the SIAM Gators students can view the presentation given at our Fall 2019 interest meeting here.

A Brief History about the SIAM Gators.

SIAM Gators held its first SIAM Gators Conference in March 3rd to March 4th, 2004. This was, in fact, the first ever student organized conference for SIAM. It was unique in that it was run entirely by students in the SIAM student group with faculty acting only as advisors.  The SIAM Gators hosted two additional conferences at the University of Florida in 2009 and in 2014.