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Special Interest Groups of the MAA

The SIGMAAs program establishes and supports communities of colleagues who share a common interest that advances the MAA mission. Within these communities, members gain access to opportunities for networking, professional development, and discussion of issues relevant to the represented interest. In addition to enhancing interactions among their members, SIGMAAs facilitate interaction between their members and the greater mathematics community by providing resources and expert knowledge relevant to their special interest.

There are currently twelve Special Interest Groups of the MAA. To learn more about the individual SIGMAAs, click on a tab at the bottom of the page or visit the SIGMAA webpages using the links on the left. If you have any questions, feel free to call Julia Dills at 202-319-8468 or email us at

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Mathematics and the Arts
The purpose of the SIGMAA is to support and encourage the interest of MAA members in the connections between mathematics and the arts including, but not limited to, the visual , sculpture, architecture, origami, textile and fiber art, literature, drama, dance, music, multimedia art, and digital art. The SIGMAA- will pursue this purpose by encouraging the awareness of, pedagogy in, and interdisciplinary research and publication in the areas of mathematically inspired art, the use and role of visualization in mathematics, applying mathematics to analyze art and/or the creative process, and mathematics as art.



Business, Industry, Government
BIG SIGMAA serves as a unifying link between business, industry and government mathematicians, academic mathematicians, and mathematics students. The SIGMAA provides resources and a forum for MAA members who share an interest in mathematics used in business, industry and government, aids in professional development, helps build partnerships between industry and academics, and increases awareness of opportunities for mathematicians in business, industry and government.



Mathematical and Computational Biology
The focus of BIO SIGMAA is on the pedagogy of mathematical and computational biology at the undergraduate level. This includes the support of curriculum development, faculty development, and undergraduate research in those fields. The purpose of BIO SIGMAA is to support those activities that will enhance the exchange of ideas and access to educational opportunities among undergraduates and undergraduate faculty in the fields of mathematical and computational biology. This necessarily includes interaction with all concerned departmental structures (i.e. mathematics, computer science, biology, and other related departments) and also institutions and organizations that feed into, and from, the undergraduate programs.



Environmental Mathematics
The mission of SIGMAA EM is to provide a forum for those interested in solving problems arising from environmental sources. SIGMAA EM also promotes awareness of environmental issues and especially the role that mathematics plays in analyzing such issues.



History of Mathematics
The mission of HOM SIGMAA is to provide a forum through which those interested in the history of mathematics can meet, interact, exchange ideas, provide support for one another, and foster increased awareness of the historical background of mathematics.




SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers
The goal of this SIGMAA is to give math circles – both student math circles and math teacher circles – greater visibility and a permanent presence in the mathematical and educational landscape. This SIGMAA will support MAA members who share an interest in developing, supporting and running math circles and will facilitate vertical integration of elementary, middle and high school students, their teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty up through high-level research mathematicians.



Philosophy of Mathematics
The mission of POM SIGMAA is to stimulate interest in the philosophy of mathematics in the wider mathematical community; to inform this community of concepts, issues and recent developments in the philosophy of mathematics; and to encourage research in the philosophy of mathematics.



Quantitative Literacy
SIGMAA QL aims to provide a structure within the mathematics community to identify the prerequisite mathematical skills for quantitative literacy (QL) and find innovative ways of developing and implementing QL curricula. We also intend to assist colleagues in other disciplines to infuse appropriate QL experiences into their courses and hope to stimulate the general national dialogue concerning QL.



Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
RUME's mission is to foster research on learning and teaching undergraduate mathematics and to provide a support network for those who are involved in this area of study. RUME also welcomes those who teach secondary mathematics and/or are interested in the findings in research of undergraduate mathematics education.



Statistics Education
The mission of the SIGMAA on Statistics Education is to provide a forum for those who are interested in statistics education to meet, interact, offer support, and foster increased awareness of statistics education.



Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics
The mission of SIGMAA TAHSM is to support MAA members who share an interest in issues related to post-precalculus mathematics at the secondary school level by providing a forum for exchanging ideas, fostering increased understanding of these issues within the MAA, increasing the dialogue between the MAA and high school teachers, and utilizing expertise of the members in guiding and improving mathematical opportunities for advanced high school students.



Mathematics Instruction Using the WEB
The mission of WEB SIGMAA is to educate its members about the use of the Web for instruction in mathematics; encourage and facilitate project members using the Web for mathematics instruction; create an interactive community of MAA members interested in using the Web for mathematics instruction; and act as a resource for all MAA members seeking to use the Web for undergraduate instruction.