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Undergraduate Chapter Newsletter

MAA Diversity Initiative

In January 2012, faculty and students will meet in Boston, MA for the Joint Mathematics Meetings. This national meeting of the MAA and the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will bring together many opportunities for students to present their research, network with faculty and meet other students. Faculty will have opportunities to gather information about organizing activities for math clubs and MAA Student Chapters.

The Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities and Chapters (CUSAC) of the MAA administers the Diversity Initiative program to help departments send students from underrepresented groups to the Joint Mathematics Meetings. This year we have received limited funds to support this effort for the January 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Boston, MA.

If you are a faculty member planning to take undergraduate students to the JMM, and some or all of them are from groups that are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, please consider applying for one of these mini-grants. CUSAC can award a grant of up to $500 per institution for student travel, lodging, registration, and food. Presentation of a paper or poster is not required. Grantees are to pay for travel expenses first and apply for reimbursement after the JMM.

Interested faculty members (not students) should download and submit an application form as soon as possible. The deadline is November 10, 2011.

Due to limited funds, priority is given to institutions within about 200 miles of Boston. Only one mini-grant per institution.

To find out more about the MAA Diversity Initiative, contact Bill Higgins at


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Look to the MAA for Career Information and Job Searching

No matter what stage of their education your students are in, the MAA has the career resources they need. The MAA website has several places dealing with vocational possibilities. The MAA Career Page contains descriptions of many of the myriad of professions for people with mathematics degrees along with links to follow for more information. An electronic version of Andrew Sterrett’s 101 Careers in Math is available. Here one can get first-hand accounts of what mathematicians with all types of degrees are doing in their profession. To help students find jobs, there is the immensely successful MathClassifieds, hosted by the MAA. Here employers post advertisements and job-seekers can upload resumes and cover letters. After signing up for a free account, people can search for jobs by keyword, location, or job type and can create a Job Alert, which will notify the seeker when an advertisement matching chosen criteria is posted. This service is for employment-seekers at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD). Examine these sites and you will find that the MAA is the place for you and your students to go for the scoop on careers.

How to Reach the MAA

For Membership Information, Subscriptions and Publication Orders, contact:

The MAA Service Center
P.O. Box 9112
Washington, DC 20090-1622
800-331-1522 or 301-617-9415
Fax:  301-206-9789

For the MAA Headquarters:

1529 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1385
800-741-9412 or 202-387-5200
Fax:  202-265-2384

Suggestions, concerns and/or contributions for the CUSAC newsletter may be sent to the newsletter Chapter Newsletter Editor:

Jacqueline Jensen
Department of Mathematics
200 Vincent Science Center
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 738 - 4259