MAA Sessions for Students

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Graduate School: Choosing One, Getting In, Staying In, Monday, 2:15 p.m. to 3:35 p.m., organized by Kristi Meyer, Wisconsin Lutheran College; Vanessa Garcia, Texas State University-San Marcos; and Alan Alewine, McKendree University. With so much information about graduate schools available how do you narrow down your list of schools to apply to? How do you get into a program? How do you successfully complete a program? Our panelists will discuss these and other important issues for those choosing a graduate school or considering switching graduate programs. Cosponsored by the Young Mathematicians' Network.

Career Options for Undergraduate Mathematics Majors, Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., organized by Vanessa Garcia, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Dov N. Chelst, ICMA. There is a vast amount of options available for students in today's global market. A degree in mathematics continues to be a desirable asset, yet a common question for students to ask is "what options are available for someone with a math degree?" This panel showcases several options for career paths for students with an undergraduate degree in mathematics. A variety of panelists will speak on their own experiences of finding a job and answer questions from the audience. Cosponsored by the Young Mathematicians' Network.

Grad School Fair, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m to 10:00 a.m. Here is the opportunity for undergrads to meet representatives from mathematical sciences graduate programs from universities all over the country. January is a great time for juniors to learn more, and college seniors may still be able to refine their search. This is your chance for one-stop shopping in the graduate school market. At last year's meeting about 300 students met with representatives from 45 graduate programs. If your school has a graduate program and you are interested in participating, a table will be provided for your posters and printed materials for US$50 (registration for this event must be made by a person already registered for the JMM), and you are welcome to personally speak to interested students. Complimentary coffee will be served. Cosponsored by the AMS and MAA.


MAA Lecture for Students, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m to 1:50 p.m., will be given by Nathaniel Dean, Texas State University, San Marcos, on Some elementary problems that remain unsolved.

Undergraduate Student Poster Session, Wednesday, 4:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m., organized by Diana M. Thomas, Montclair State University. The session is reserved to undergraduates and first-year graduate students submitting posters on work done while undergraduates. Abstracts are accepted on a first come basis. Space is limited and students are encouraged to apply early. Beginning August 1, 2008, students can submit abstracts online at Examples of poster topics include a new result, a different proof of a known theorem, an innovative solution of a Putnam problem, a new mathematical model, or method of solution of an applied problem. Purely expository posters cannot be accepted. Prizes will be awarded to the top rated posters with money provided by the AMS, MAA, AWM, CUR, PME and by the Moore Foundation. Trifold, self-standing 48 by 36 tabletop posterboards will be provided. Additional material or equipment is the responsibility of the presenters. Questions regarding this session should be directed to Diana Thomas at The deadline for proposals is November 7, 2008. Cosponsored by the MAA-CUPM Subcommittee on Undergraduate Research and the MAA Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities and Chapters (CUSAC).

Also see the Social Events section for the open hours of the Student Hospitality Center and the Reception for Undergraduates.