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CUSAC Fall 2009 Newsletter

Fall 2009

Chapter News
The Newsletter for Advisors of Student Chapters of the MAA

2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings
2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings

In January 2010, faculty and students will meet in San Francisco, CA 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. See the articles below for more information.

Undergraduate Poster Session MAA Lecture for Students:
How Math Made Modern Music Mad Irrational!
David Kung
MAA Diversity Initiative
Advice for Undergraduates Attending
the Joint Mathematics Meetings
Guide to Writing an Abstract JMM Wiki

MathFest 2009

Students congregated in Portland, OR in August 2009 for MathFest. An impressive number of students presented talks in the Undergraduate Student Paper Sessions. Students attended Colm Mulcahy's presentation "Mathemagic with a Deck of Cards on the Interval Between 5.700439718 and [some really large number]" during the MAA Lecture for Students. Students had the choice of two Undergraduate Student Activities: one offered by Art Benjamin and the other by Travis Kowalski. For information about these events, please see the articles below.

Undergraduate Student Paper Sessions, Awards, and Ice Cream Social
by Daluss Siewart
Undergraduate Student Activity:
Chop-Chop! A Look at Dissection Puzzles with Travis Kowalski
by Daluss Siewart
Undergraduate Student Activity:
Secrets of Mental Math with Art Benjamin
by Jean Bee Chan
MAA Lecture for Students:
Mathemagic with a Deck of Cards
with Colm Mulcahy
by Robert Schneider
Mathematical Contest in Modeling
by Kay Somers
Math Jeopardy
by Lyn Miller


Math Club in a Box

Need ideas for your Math Club? Visit for activities and discussion topics for your Math Club, or to share your favorite activity.

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 Sterrettâ??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 (Bachelorâ??s, Masterâ??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 and Statistics
Sam Houston State University
Box 2206
Huntsville, TX 77341-2206