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Undergraduate Student Poster Session at the Phoenix Joint Meetings

Undergraduate Student Poster Session at the Phoenix Joint Meetings

The Undergraduate Student Poster Session will take place on January 9, 2004 in Phoenix, AZ, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

The poster session will be organized by Mario Martelli of Claremont McKenna College. It is sponsored by the Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities (CUSAC) of the MAA. Interested participants should send a title and a (no more than) one half-page abstract either by regular mail to Mario Martelli, Mathematics Department, Claremont McKenna College, 850 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711, or by email to The deadline is December 9, 2003.

Please list the name of the author(s) and indicate the presenter(s). Include address, phone number and e-mail of one presenter who will coordinate your participation with the organizer. List the address and the name of the faculty advisor(s), and, when applicable, any source of financial support you may have received for the research on which the poster is based. The coordinating presenter will be notified of the acceptance no later than two weeks after the above information has been received. Expositors are strongly encouraged to apply early since the space is limited and it will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

The session is reserved for undergraduates, but first year graduate students can submit posters on work done while they were undergraduates. As the title of the session suggests, the content of each poster cannot be purely expository. Typical contents may be either a new result, or an interesting proof of an existing theorem, or an unpublished solution to a problem that appeared in one of the MAA journals.

Each poster will be judged by three experts on the basis of mathematical originality and content, inventiveness and clarity of presentation, and appropriateness of answers given by the presenters to questions posed by the judges. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the best posters with funds provided by MAA, AMS, AWM, and CUR.

Abstracts of the posters will not be published in the printed program of the meeting. However, the organizer will prepare a handout listing all exhibitors together with contact information (e-mail, phone, address), a title of their poster, a short abstract, and the name of the faculty under whose supervision the work was done. Presenters may wish to bring 25-50 copies of more detailed accounts to hand out to interested visitors. They may also wish to bring blank stick-on mailing labels for those visitors who want to receive a final copy of the work presented in the poster.

The organizer cannot provide any financial support for the students presenting the posters. Self-standing table-top posters which are 48 inches wide, 36 inches high and are tri-fold, and “Spray Mount” will be available. Additional materials for setting up the posters, as well as computers and/or other technological devices needed for the presentation, are the responsibility of each presenter. Please notify the organizer at your earliest convenience if you expect to need outlet power for your presentation. The room will be open for setting up the posters at 3:00 pm on Friday. We hope to see many undergraduates in Phoenix!

News Date: 
Thursday, October 16, 2003