The Duke University Math Union (DUMU) is devoted to organizing and providing resources to students interested in mathematics. Throughout the year, we invite guest lecturers, organize social events and host a high school contest in mathematics.

### DUMU History

The Duke University Math Union was created by Paul Dreyer ’95 in 1992. Dreyer, who had been deeply involved with the math club at NCSSM, pushed for DUMUs incorporation as an official Duke social group and served as its first president for two years. He explained the purpose of DUMU in the August 1994 Duke Math News as follows:

"Now in its third year, the Duke University Mathematics Union (or DUMU for short, pronounced “doo-moo”) provides students with an interest in mathematics the opportunity to learn more about the subject outside the classroom. Several undergraduate students and professors have discussed their research on topics spanning the mathematics spectrum. DUMU also provides information on careers and summer research internships in mathematics. Most importantly, DUMU is FUN."

Dreyer was also the motivating force behind the Duke Math Meet. He coordinated with NCSSM to host an ARML style math meet at Duke in Spring 1993. It began as rather small gathering of North Carolina high schools with 10 to 15 teams of 5 students in the early 1990’s to about 25 teams of 6 each a decade latter. DUMU students create and grade the problems, serve breakfast and lunch to the participants and present awards to the winning individuals and teams. They and other student volunteers lead teams to classrooms around Science Drive and proctor the competitions.

By the early 2000s, the Duke Math Meet had expanded with representation from schools from Alabama to Virginia. It lifted its cap of two teams per school and attracted a busload of seven teams from New Jersey in 2009. Soon after, the ITCCC recruited several teams from China for the meet. The Duke Math Meet reached a peak of 360 high school participants in 2011. Due to space limitations and other logistics concerns, the meet currently limits the competition to about 45 teams and 270 high school students.

### DUMU Events

Each spring before final exams, math students and faculty gather to share food and conversation. DUMU officers, those who compete in the MCM/ICM and Putnam competitions, and research students in Data+, DOMath and PRUV are introduced and receive a Duke Math shirt. The Karl Menger Prize for excellence in math competitions, the Julia Dale Prizes for excellence in mathematics by first year students and by seniors, and the Excellence in Mathematical Research Award are awarded.

### DUMU Officers

**President:**Ajay Dheeraj**Vice Presidents:**Joey Li, Jerry Liu**Treasurer:**Andy Wu**Social Chair:**Tony Sun**Design Chair:**Atsushi Hu**Webmaster:**Sam Zhou**Math Meet Coordinators:**Steven Li, Yijia Liu, Feng Cong**Math Meet Problems Coordinators:**Haoyang Yu, Yi Li, Zeyu Shen

#### Former DUMU presidents

2019 – 2020 Jung Hwang

2017 – 2019 David Geng

2016 – 2017 Feng Gui

2015 – 2016 Andrew You

2014 – 2015 Brett Schnobrich

2013 – 2014 David Hemminger

2012 – 2013 TongTong Zhan

2011 – 2012 Vivek Bhatacharya

2010 – 2011 Alan Guo

2009 – 2010 Matt Rognlie

2008 – 2009 Aaron Pollack

2007 – 2008 Kshipra Bhawalkar

2005 – 2007 Brandon Levin

2003 – 2005 Oaz Nir

2002 – 2003 David Arthur

2001 – 2002 Mike Miller

1999 – 2001 Carl Miller

1997 – 1999 Garrett Mitchener

1996 – 1997 Tung Tran & Robert Schneck

1995 – 1996 Michael Rierson

1993 – 1995 Paul Dreyer