Math on the Northern Plains

The University of Sioux Falls is hosting the 19th annual Mathematics on the Northern Plains Undergraduate Conference on Saturday, April 7. This event allows undergraduate students from all universities in the region to present results of their mathematical research or projects. The event includes student presentations, an invited talk, lunch and social activities.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
8 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Salsbury Science Center at the University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD
$10 registration fee (includes lunch)

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Math on the Northern Plains Undergraduate Conference was established in the spring of 1999 by assistant professor Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo and Dr. Daniel Schaal, with a grant from Exxon. 

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Registration: A $10 registration fee (includes lunch) will be collected at the event.  All individuals in attendance must pay the registration fee.  Cash or check is accepted.  Make checks payable to “University of Sioux Falls” and add “MNP” to the memo line.

Call for Presentations: Submission Form Students can present their mathematical research in the form of a 20-minute talk or with a poster.  The deadline to submit a presentation or poster is Friday, March 23.  Send your completed the submission form to Please write “MNP abstract submission” in the email subject line. 

Keynote Address: Dr. Daniel Schaal, Professor of Mathematics at South Dakota State University

Daniel Schaal was born and raised in Bridgewater, SD.  He attended South Dakota State University and earned a double major in Physics and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics.  After graduation he volunteered to serve in the United States Peace Corps and spent two years as a high school Mathematics and science teacher in Greenville, Liberia.  It was during his Peace Corps service that he realized that Mathematics was his academic passion.  After returning to the USA, he earned an M.S. in Mathematics from SDSU and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Idaho, with a specialization in Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics.  He taught three years at Clarion University of Pennsylvania before returning in 1997 to SDSU as a member of the Mathematics faculty.  

His personal research area is a branch of Combinatorics known as Ramsey Theory, but his biggest interest is involving undergraduate students in his research.  He has over twenty-five articles published in Mathematics research journals, but he is most proud of the dozen or so articles that have undergraduate students as co-authors.  In the summers of 1999 and 2000, Schaal was a co-director of NSF funded REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs, where top undergraduates from around the country came together to do research in Combinatorics.

Schaal's wife Madeline works as a Physician's Assistant, and claims that her husband only teaches to support his hunting and fishing activities.  He has three children.  Isaac and Isabel are undergraduate students and Benjamin is in middle-school.

Campus Map, Directions and Parking: Campus Map, Download the PDF file on the left-hand side of the webpage. Free parking is available to the south and east of the Salsbury Science Center (Lot E on campus map).

Questions about the event may be directed to the conference organizer, Dr. Brad Lowery at