4th Annual Meeting of the SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section
November 5-7, 2021, UTRGV, South Padre Island, Texas

Hosted by: SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Contact: siamtxla2021@gmail.com


The goal of the meeting is to provide a relaxing environment for experts and students to share recent results, projects, and future directions in Applied Mathematics.

Theoretical, computational, and numerical talks in pure and applied mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, medical sciences, and related areas are welcomed. The talks will be 25 minutes long with 5min for Q and A. Students are invited to submit a poster presentation.

The meeting is supported by the SIAM-TX-LA section and the UTRGV College of Sciences and School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. The meeting will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 5-7, 2021, at the Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island on South Padre Island which provides excellent conditions for work and collaboration.

COVID-19 SIAM Policies

The 4th annual meeting will be an in-person conference. Per SIAM policy for in-person meetings, attendees are required to wear face masks to participate in the conference and it is strongly recommended that attendees are fully vaccinated. Participants who are not fully vaccinated are asked to have a negative COVID test no more than three days before the conference starts. The staff at the conference venue, Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island, follow all of the CDC guidelines for the health and safety of their guests.

Plenary Speakers

The following plenary speakers have accepted our invitation to give plenary talks:

  • Dr. Alejandro Aceves, Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, Southern Methodist University, TX, USA
  • Dr. Lisa Fauci, Pendergraft Nola Lee Haynes Professor of Mathematics, School of Science & Engineering, Tulane University, LA, USA
  • Dr. Rachel Ward, W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Distinguished Professor in Computational Engineering and Sciences-Data Science, Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA

Conference Program

Student research poster winners

  • Graduste student posters
    1. 1st place: Madhu Gupta, The University of Texas at Arlington
    2. 2nd place: Ziheng Chen, The University of Texas at Austin
    3. 3rd place: Amir Targholizadeh, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Undergraduade student posters
    1. 1st place: Kaylee Terrell and Mitchell Dashon, Tarleton State University

Call for Minisymposia

Please follow the SIAM guidelines for preparing a Minisymposium Proposal. Each oral presentation will be 25min long with 5min for Q and A.

While SIAM welcomes speakers and session organizers from outside Texas or Louisiana, or who are not SIAM TX-LA members, we strongly encourage (and may give preference to) the participation of section members and members of the mathematics community (faculty, students, academic and non-academic researchers) from Texas and Louisiana and see this as an opportunity to showcase their achievements. Please note and remind potential speakers that the organizers do not provide travel support. You may propose 1 (4 talks), or more minisymposium sessions, up to a maximum of 4 sessions (16 talks). Note that a single participant may give at most 2 talks in 2 different minisymposia.

Register to attend the conference

Submit your minisymposium proposal -- Deadline August 23, 2021

Submit your talk or poster abstract -- Deadline September 27, 2021

Submit your travel award application (for students and postdocs) -- Deadline September 27, 2021

Deadline for travel awards for students and postdocs: September 27, 2021

Deadline for reduced-rate registration: October 7, 2021

Deadline for reduced hotel rates: October 24, 2021

Registration fee schedule:

  • $25 for students
  • $100 for postdocs
  • $125 for all others
  • +$50 after registration deadline

The registration fee will cover coffer breaks, lunch, and dinner.

Directions to venue and hotels

It is recommended that you have a rental car to commute between the airport, the conference venue, and restaurants. Click the links in the following for driving directions.

The conference will be hosted at the Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island at South Padre Island, TX. South Padre Island can be reached from the Harligen Airport or the Brownsville Airport via shuttle or uber or cab.

Participants can use the link below to make hotel reservations:

The following alternative hotels are within walking distance of the conference venue:

Various Tips

  • No State Tax: Conference participants that are employed by Texas state universities are not supposed to pay state hotel tax at the hotels. Please download, fill out, and provide the form Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate at the hotel check in.
  • Border Patrol: Due to our proximity with the border, be sure to have your immigration documents or proof of citizenship with you, whether you travel by car or airplane. E.g. here is one of the border patrol checkpoints. You will need documents for the return trip, even if you are travelling by airplane.