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What is IPC?
The Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC) is a national conference that is designed to promote, educate, encourage and support minority women interested in mathematics and statistics. Our aim is to educate, empower and create new frontiers by building on the undaunted spirit of women in the mathematical sciences. The official home of IPC is Building Diversity in Science (BDIS). Learn more about BDIS.

Past hosts:

  • Spelman College, 2005
  • Building Diversity in Science, North Carolina State University and Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, 2007
  • Building Diversity in Science, Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
  • Next conference! Building Diversity in Science and University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Why is IPC important?
African-American, Hispanic/Latina, and American Indian women have been historically underrepresented in mathematics.  In 2002, less than 1% of the doctoral degrees in the mathematical sciences were awarded to American women from underrepresented minority groups. Even professionals who have succeeded in completing advanced degree programs in science and engineering fields can face inequities within their professional lives with respect to advancement and salaries. What is being envisioned through this conference is that in order to increase and support diversity in the mathematics community, a paradigm shift needs to occur in the way we think about the image of a mathematician and about the role a mathematician plays in society. Although some workshops and conferences have been created to address race/ethnicity or gender in the context of mathematics, no conference or program has been specially designed to address both. 

What kind of activities take place at IPC?
Highlights of conference activities include: Professional development workshop series; Panel discussion on graduate studies in mathematics; Research talks given by professionals; Student poster sessions, Special activities for high school students; Roundtable discussions on experiences with mathematics; Awards banquet in honor of Dr. Etta Z. Falconer that will highlight special achievements in mathematics.

Who is organizing the 2012 conference?
2012 IPC Steering Committee
Dr. Tanya Moore (Conference Co-Chair), Building Diversity in Science
Dr. Leona Harris (Conference Co-Chair), The College of New Jersey
Dr. Lily Khadjavi (Conference Co-Chair), Loyola Marymount University
Ms. Jacqueline Akinpelu, The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab
Dr. Gayle Herrington, Columbus State University
Dr. Raegan Higgins, Texas Tech University
Dr. Fern Hunt, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. Karen Ivy, New Jersey City University
Dr. Dawn Lott, Delaware State University
Dr. Rehana Petal, Harvard University
Dr. Nagambal Shah, Spelman College
Dr. Kim Weems, North Carolina State University
Dr. Cristina Villalobas, University of Texas-Pan America

2012 IPC Local Organizing Committee (UMBC)
Dr. Sue Minkoff (Chair), Associate Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Janet Rutledge, Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dr. Renetta Tull, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development and PROMISE Program Director
Dr. Yi Huang, Assistant Professor of Statistics
Dr. DoHwan Park, Assistant Professor of Statistics
Dr. Manil Suri, Professor of Mathematics
Dr. John Zweck, Associate Professor of Mathematics

IPC Advisory Board
Dr. Erika Camacho, Arizona State University
Dr. Leona Harris, The College of New Jersey
Dr. Lily Khadjavi, Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Tanya Moore, Building Diversity in Science
Dr. Nagambal Shah, Spelman College
Dr. Kimberly Weems, North Carolina State University

Interested in learning more?
Read about past conferences.

Read "Creating Infinite Possibilities" Article


Infinite Possibilities Conference 2015
March 1-3, 2015
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

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Conference 2010

“While attending the IPC conference I was motivated to continue to give back to my community. I have decided to become a high school math teacher so that I can help shape the minds of other women and minorities.”

—Senior, Mathematics

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IPC is a project of Building Diversity in Science (BDIS).