Past Conference Highlights
The MAA keeps detailed data on past conferences supported by RUMC grants. A summary of this information is available on the Past Conference Data page.
The RUMC program actively encourages conference organizers to try new things and experiment with the format of the conferences they run. In addition to the student talks, student poster sessions, and keynote speakers that are the mainstay of most RUMCs, this flexibility has led to some particularly successful innovations that have made conferences more relevant to students, and increased future attendance. The best of these are listed here, and anyone interested in running a future conference is encouraged to read through them and consider trying them at their own conference.
RUMCs are a great opportunity to get students interested in pursuing careers in the mathematical sciences, and give them the information they need to make more informed career decisions. Past RUMCs have effectively used the following types of sessions to disseminate career information:
- Career planning workshops
- Displays on research opportunities in the mathematical sciences
- Presentations on internship opportunities
Conferences can be an opportunity to use games and competitions to engage students directly with mathematical concepts, and encourage them to approach difficult ideas from unexpected angles. Past RUMCs have offered:
- Math Jeopardy and other game shows
- Problem-solving competitions
- Student discussions on their COMAP papers
As with any conference, offering a full social and networking program at an RUMC will increase the value that participants derive from the conference, and boost future participation. Past conferences have successfully used the following kinds of events and strategies to boost attendance:
- Door prizes
- Formal banquets
- Networking functions
- Puzzles and games tables
Past RUMCs have featured panels on a diverse range of topics, exposing students to different perspectives on topics such as:
- Careers in the mathematical sciences
- Mathematical science in business, industry, and government
- Mathematical science research opportunities
- Perspectives on graduate study in the mathematical sciences
Please contact Doug Faires, the Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the RUMC program.
The MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program is supported by National Science Foundation grant DMS-0846477.