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Invited Paper Session Proposals

Submit a Proposal

Submission deadline is October 31 in the year preceding MAA MathFest. Proposals should be emailed to

Organizeres of accepted Invited Paper Sessions will be expected to confirm speakers, titles, and abstracts by mid-February in the year of MAA MathFest.


MAA Invited Paper Sessions (IPS) are designed to provide "substantial mathematical content in the MAA program at each national meeting." With this goal in mind, the MAA' s Committee on Invited Paper Sessions solicits sessions devoted to exposition in the mathematical sciences. Sessions covering recent research are especially encouraged. Speakers in IPS sessions should be experts in their field committed to giving presentations accessible to a broad, non-expert audience.

The MAA Committee on Invited Paper Sessions recruits organizers for sessions and often suggests topics linked to invited talks at national meetings or other topics of broad interest. The committee also accepts proposals from MAA members to organize an IPS, as described below.

To propose an IPS, email the information described below to the chair of the MAA Invited Paper Session Committee at You can also send your questions to the committee chair at the same email address if you would like to discuss a potential proposal with the chair before proceeding to a formal submission.

IPS organizers are responsible for determining the overarching theme of their session, inviting speakers, communicating with speakers, scheduling, and chairing the session program at the national meeting. IPS session presentations are typically 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes for questions. A session should contain at least four (4) talks on the subject so that the minimum timeframe for an IPS is two (2) hours. IPS sessions typically include no more than six (6) talks, but can include as many as eight (8).

An IPS proposal should include the following required components:

  • A proposed title
  • 1-2 paragraphs with
    • A description of the topic that will serve as the theme of the session
    • An explanation of the current research to be presented in the session
    • A specific explanation of the substantial mathematical content of the session
  • A diverse, broad list of potential speakers and their affiliations; speakers should be experts in their field, good expositors, and from multiple institutions, unless detailed justification is included
  • Organizer information (for each organizer), including:
    • Name
    • Affiliation
    • Email address

Once received, the proposal will be reviewed by the Invited Paper Session Committee and a decision to accept or deny the proposal will be made in a timely fashion.