Any group of MAA members that share a common mathematical interest and wish to establish a new SIGMAA should contact the chair of the MAA Committee on SIGMAAs to indicate their intent, discuss the procedure, and address any preliminary questions.
The current chair of the Committee on SIGMAAs is:
Dr. Karen Marongelle
Oregon University System
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97297
Groups are expected to work with the Committee on developing applications. Completed applications must be approved by the Committee, which will formally submit applications to the MAA Executive Committee for consideration and final approval. Once a group has been approved to become a SIGMAA, it will be assigned by the MAA Secretary to a Coordinating Council.
Groups proposing to form a SIGMAA will be required to submit to the Committee the following items:
The charter of a SIGMAA serves as the official defining document of the group, and therefore serves a number of purposes. The charter must indicate clearly the common mathematical interest shared by the group of MAA members that founded the SIGMAA and also describe the goals, objectives, and activities of the organization. This document must also state that the SIGMAA will adhere to certain conditions that were required by the MAA when the SIGMAAs program was initiated as well as further conditions determined as the program has grown. These conditions involve membership requirements, organizational structure, financial arrangements, and other conditions related to SIGMAA operations.
As with any organization, from time to time a SIGMAA must anticipate some changes with respect to some of its operations (e.g., modification of officer duties, dues structure, or budgetary requirements). Therefore, a SIGMAA charter must be considered a living document that will need to be changed occasionally either on the initiative of the SIGMAA or the MAA.
A list of prospective charter members must be submitted with a charter for a new SIGMAA. A spreadsheet is acceptable for this submission. Since MAA membership is required of all SIGMAA members, the individuals listed must all be MAA members.
A list of individuals who have agreed to serve as SIGMAA officers during the inaugural period of the SIGMAA must accompany the SIGMAA charter submitted by a group of MAA members wishing to form a new SIGMAA. These individuals must meet the criteria for membership in the SIGMAA, and their names should appear on the list of charter SIGMAA members accompanying the charter.