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MathFest 2008 Student Paper Sessions


MAA STUDENT PAPER SESSIONS

J. Lyn Miller, Slippery Rock University
John Hamman, Montgomery College

Thursday, July 31, 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Friday, August 1, 8:30 a.m. ’ 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ’ 5:00 p.m.

Students who wish to present at the MAA Student Paper Sessions at MathFest 2008 in Madison, Wisconsin, must be sponsored by a faculty advisor familiar with the work to be presented. Some funding to cover costs (up to $600) for student presenters is available. At most one student from each institution or REU can receive full funding; additional such students may be funded at a lower rate. All presenters are expected to take full part in the meeting and attend indicated activities sponsored for students on all three days of the conference.

All abstracts must be submitted at www.maa.org/abstracts. Abstracts submitted by Friday May 16th will be given preference for funding consideration. Deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday June 13, 2008.

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MathFest Travel Grants for Undergraduate Students

The MAA, with funding from the National Science Foundation, is offering travel grants for MathFest, in Madison, WI from July 30’ August 2. Grants of up to $600 per person are available for participants in the Undergraduate Paper Session. Applications for travel grants are submitted as part of the abstract submission process at www.maa.org/abstracts. Requests for travel grants which are received by Friday, May 16th will be given preference.

To streamline the program for distributing travel funds to eligible student speakers, the MAA has approved the following policy.

Subject to the availability of funds, the MAA will grant a maximum of $600 in support of MathFest expenses.

1. All undergraduates presenting talks at the MAA Student Paper Session at MathFest are eligible for funding.

2. To ensure more equitable distribution, a maximum of one student per institution or REU will be awarded travel funding at the full amount.

3. Funding for air travel will be based upon a website such as Orbitz or Travelocity. Funding for mileage will be based upon a website such as MapQuest, with reimbursement at 44.8 cents per mile. Driving reimbursement cannot exceed the cost of an airline ticket.

4. Reasonable expenses for food, lodging, and transportation to/from airports are allowed.

5. In the spirit of professionalism, students receiving funding must agree to attend events on all three days of MathFest including MAA or PME Student Paper Sessions, the MAA Lecture for Students, one of the MAA Undergraduate Student Activities, and the MAA Prize Session/Ice Cream Social.

6. In compliance with IRS regulations, each grant applicant must provide his/her social security number and a mailing address that will be valid throughout September of 2008. Students should consult their tax advisors concerning reporting requirements and taxability.

7. Each successful applicant will be informed in advance of the meeting as to the amount of his/her grant. The awarding of a travel grant is contingent upon presentation of the student's paper at the meeting along with original receipts for expenses.

For additonal information please contact:

Dr. Lyn Miller
Department of Mathematics
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
lyn.miller@sru.edu




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