The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is an international community of over 14,000 individual members. Almost 500 academic, manufacturing, research and development, service and consulting organizations, government, and military organizations worldwide are institutional members.
SIAM fosters the development of applied mathematical and computational methodologies needed in these various application areas. Applied mathematics in partnership with computational science is essential in solving many real-world problems. Through publications, research, and community, the mission of SIAM is to build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology.

SIAM was incorporated in 1952 as a nonprofit organization to convey useful mathematical knowledge to other professionals who could implement mathematical theory for practical, industrial, or scientific use. Since then, SIAM’s goals have remained the same:

To advance the application of mathematics and computational science to engineering, industry, science, and society;
To promote research that will lead to effective new mathematical and computational methods and techniques for science, engineering, industry, and society;
To provide media for the exchange of information and ideas among mathematicians, engineers, and scientists.
SIAM is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, staffed by more than 60 full- and part-time employees.

The purpose of our chapter is to generate interest in applied mathematics and computational science by providing students opportunities to:

  • Share ideas and enthusiasm with fellow students and faculty from any relevant department on campus
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Make contacts that will last a lifetime (Student Chapter Photo Presentation 2016)
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Conducting collaborative research and scientific projects

The goal is to involve many students from many departments on campus. The University of Calgary SIAM Student Chapter will be included students from departments including mathematics and statistics, computer science, engineering, economics, physics, biology, and other sciences. The activities of our chapter can include lunch discussions about career opportunities in applied math and computational science, lectures given by guest speakers, team projects, social functions, and field trips to industrial laboratories or SIAM section meetings.

Current Student SIAM Chapters

We want students to begin to feel part of the larger applied and computational mathematics community. As SIAM members, students are eligible for a 30% discount on SIAM books; receive free subscriptions to SIAM News, SIAM Review, and Unwrapped; and have access to career information. If students apply for SIAM Student Travel Awards to attend SIAM conferences, their membership in SIAM might tip the balance in their favor if all other qualifications are equal among candidates are equal.

How to get a free SIAM membership:

  1. Students may join online and claim a free membership by virtue of their association with the chapter. After completing the online application, students will receive an email confirmation and a new member orientation packet in the mail.

Note: in order to receive a free student membership, you must have a current education record in your online account and an entry in the “Student Chapter Membership” section.

    1. To check or add this information, log in, click on “My Account” at the top of the page; under “affiliations” on the left sidebar, click on “educational background.”
    2. If the education record is not current, click on “Add Education” and complete all information requested.
    3. To ensure that you will qualify for a free student membership, when filling in the name of the Institution in your education record, be sure to select “University of Calgary, Canada Student Chapter” from the dropdown box rather than typing in the name.