SERMON 2004 

The Seventeenth Annual

South Eastern Regional Meeting On Numbers

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

April 16-18, 2004


For many years, the South Eastern Regional Meeting On Numbers (SERMON) has been a friendly, informal gathering of number theorists and combinatorialists. We listen to short (20 minute) talks from professors, graduate students, and even undergraduates; we discuss interesting problems and we usually meet for a social event at a local professor's residence. Past conferences have been held at Clemson, Furman, Georgia, Wake Forest, the Citadel, Virginia Tech, UNC-Greensboro and USC; this year's conference will be held at the College of Charleston. Everyone is invited to give a talk; just send an e-mail to Paul Young ( Also, we have received a grant from the Number Theory Foundation for some student travel.

This year's meeting is hosted by James Carter, Brett Tangedal, and Paul Young, with Kevin James providing assistance. Also, see Kevin James'   SERMON web page , which has a nice list of open problems from previous SERMON conferences.

Keynote Speaker:  Harold M. Stark, University of California, San Diego

"Class-Numbers of CM fields and Siegel Zeros."     Abstract

Friday, April 16, 4:30 pm

Maybank Hall, Room 100 

Conference Schedule


 PDF map of downtown Charleston and Area Map   If you zoom in about 200% to 300% on the downtown map you can see the street names listed.  The Doubletree is on Church Street at Hayne, about six blocks (1/2 mile) from C of C.  

 PDF map of North Charleston  for those staying at the Sheraton or Extended Stay America.  

 Campus Map  On this map Maybank Hall is building number 14 (Harold Stark's talk) and the Education Center is building number 82 (Saturday and Sunday talks).  You may park for free in lot K (corner of Calhoun and Coming) all day Saturday and Sunday and after 3:45 pm on Friday (for Stark's talk).  Lot K is one block from Maybank and two blocks from Education Center.  There is also a parking garage directly across from the Education Center, but you'll have to pay to park there.  


April is the beginning of tourism season and hotel rooms can be hard to come by in Charleston.  We suggest booking your room early.  We have arranged blocks of rooms at the following Charleston hotels.  Mention that you are with SERMON 2004.  You can also try if you wish.  

  • Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview
  • 301 Savannah Hwy (US 17), Charleston, 1-800-766-4451.  Nice view of Charleston harbor& skyline, 3 miles from C of C.  20 rooms reserved for SERMON. Conference rate of $139.00 if booked by March 16.  Please refer to code "SER" when making reservations.  

  • Charleston on the Beach
  • One Center Street, Folly Beach, (843) 588-6464.  Oceanfront, 16 miles from C of C.  20 rooms reserved for SERMON. Conference rate of $139.00 if booked by March 16.

  • Sheraton North Charleston
  • 4770 Goer Drive, North Charleston (about 5 miles from the airport, 10 miles from C of C), (843)747-1900.  Conference rate of $109.00, check for availability.

  • Extended Stay America
  • 5059 N Arco Lane, North Charleston (about 5 miles from the airport, 10 miles from C of C), (843)747-3787. 10 rooms (possibly more) reserved for SERMON, $55-$65.

  • Charleston Doubletree
  • 181 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401, (843)577-2644.  Downtown Historic District, close to C of C.  Possibly a good deal for students or families.  10 large double suites (with fold-out couch) reserved for SERMON for special rate of $209.00 per night if reserved by FEBRUARY 12.  

    Travel Support

    We have received a $500 grant from the Number Theory Foundation, to support student travel to this year's conference at C of C.

    The money will be divided among all students who need it, so please try to keep your costs down by carpooling, sharing hotel rooms, etc. We probably won't be able to provide complete reimbursements, but everyone will get some help.

    Save your food/lodging/travel receipts, and I'll be handing out the cash on the last day of the conference.

    Giving a Talk

    Send email to Paul Young ( with your name, title (if known), and abstract (if available).  All talks will be twenty minutes in length.