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An Introduction to Team-Based Learning

Thursday, August 2, 4:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.


This workshop will introduce participants to the essentials of Team-Based Learning (TBL), a structured form of collaborative learning that integrates aspects of flipped learning, problem-based learning, and inquiry-based learning. TBL has proven to be an effective pedagogy across a number of STEM disciplines. The TBL learning sequence begins with a readiness assurance process, after which students spend the bulk of class time working collaboratively in teams through a structured sequence of activities. We will discuss how this structure provides an ideal set up for students collaboratively working on inquiry activities. In this workshop, participants will see TBL in action and learn how to use TBL to create a vibrant, active classroom in their courses. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete a short pre-reading hosted at before attending the workshop.

Organizers: Drew Lewis and Steven Clontz, University of South Alabama

Mathematical Puzzle Programs: Outreach and Recruitment with Puzzles

Friday, August 3, 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.


Faculty are increasingly asked to help in the efforts of recruitment and we should be ambassadors of mathematics helping to shape the next generation of abstract thinkers. However, with an abundance of extracurricular activities and entertainment options available to students, it is difficult to grab and keep their attention. To this end, MaPP has run annual puzzle events since 2015 at campuses nationwide and even overseas. Unlike many standard math competitions, MaPP competitions are team-based events, emphasizing collaboration and communication over individual work, as teamwork is crucial for success in both industry and academia. In the past, MaPP programs have included puzzles based upon topology, game theory, design theory, and many other fields. The feedback from attendees has been extremely positive and many campuses have reported increased engagement with local students and teachers. This workshop will give you a hands-on experience participating in a mini-puzzlehunt in the style of the MaPP Challenge, and discuss how you can start your own mathematics puzzle outreach and recruitment program. Visit for more information and to access our open-source materials.

Braxton Carrigan, Southern Connecticut State University
Steven Clontz, University of South Alabama
PJ Couch, Lamar University

Meeting the Challenge of Introducing Senior High School Students to Contemporary Mathematics

Friday, August 3, 3:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


The ultimate goal of this workshop is to attract colleagues in the U.S. to collaborate in a research and development study that has been going on in Israel in the past 10 years. This workshop will revolve around the following issues: (i) What is the challenge mentioned in the title and why do we want to meet it? – A group discussion. 15 min. (ii) How might it be possible to meet the challenge? – Introducing a proposed solution consisting of interweaving Mathematics-News Snapshots (abbr. MNSs) in high-school mathematics program. 30 min. (iii) A reverse engineering exercise of a sample MNS will take place to examine the product against the rationale and the guidelines for MNS authors. 15 min. (iv) A discussion of results from a multi-stage study of interweaving 22 MNSs in senior high school classes in Israel in a few different models will be discussed and followed by calling for U.S. colleagues’ collaboration in extending it. This possibly involves two directions: Development of new MNSs on the one hand, and on the other hand implementing the existing MNSs in schools in the U.S. experimentally, as an empirical study. 20- min.

Organizers: Nitsa B. Movshovitz-Hadar and Boaz Silberman, Technion

Sponsor: The SIGMAA on Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics (SIGMAA TAHSM)

What’s the Story? Research Presentations for an Undergraduate Audience

Thursday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.


Presenting recent and ongoing research to undergraduate students is fun and rewarding, but frequently challenging. The gory details of mathematical results often require a great deal of specific jargon and background knowledge. Nonetheless, the big idea-the “story”-can almost always be presented at a variety of levels. This workshop is designed to help graduate students formulate a presentation on their research that is appropriate for an audience of undergraduate students, something many colleges and universities require as part of a job interview. Moreover, the ability to communicate complex mathematical ideas is a valued trait in any context. As such, this session aims to develop a framework for creating an engaging and accessible presentation for undergraduates. Graduate students who will be going on the job market in the fall may find this workshop especially useful.

Organizer: May Mei, Denison University

Sponsor: Committee on Graduate Students

Data Science and the Mathematics Department

Wednesday, August 1, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please note: This ancillary workshop is occurring before general mathematical sessions commence on Wednesday, August 1. This event is offered at an additional fee to general registration. Advance registration is required to attend, with the option to order available through the registration portal.


Data science and big data are terms that are prevalent today, and this trend is likely to continue with the ever-increasing proliferation of data. Students with background in this area have tremendous opportunities for jobs, and university departments from life science to business are creating data science courses and programs. In this workshop, we will discuss how mathematics, math courses, and math departments fit into this situation. Specifically, we will discuss the following questions:

  • What is data science?

  • What are some models for programs in data science housed within mathematics departments?

  • How might data science programs outside of mathematics departments apply pressure to change mathematics departments courses?

  • How can a department successfully navigate this change and have the growth in data science be an opportunity for strengthening the mathematics department?

Enrollment Cap: 100

Registration Fee: $50

Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM - chair, Michael Boardman)
Preparing for Industrial Careers in the Mathematical Sciences Project (PIC Math - MAA lead, Michael Dorff)