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An Introduction to Team-Based Learning

Thursday, August 2, 4:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Tower Court D, Tower Building


This workshop will introduce participants to Team-Based Learning (TBL), a highly structured form of collaborative learning that integrates aspects of flipped learning, problem-based learning, and inquiry-based learning. In this workshop, participants will see TBL in action and learn how to use TBL to create a vibrant, active classroom. Participants are encouraged to complete a short pre-reading at before attending.

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

Mathematical Puzzle Programs: Outreach and Recruitment with Puzzles

Friday, August 3, 3:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tower Court D, Tower Building


MaPP designs mathematical puzzlehunts for use in university outreach programs. Participating middle/high school students work in teams to solve fun mathematical puzzles based on contemporary mathematics research, many of which decode to locations around the host campus hiding more puzzles. Workshop participants will experience a mini-puzzlehunt for themselves and learn how to partner their institution with MaPP.

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, 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m., Tower Court D, Tower Building


Consider the challenge mentioned in the title, why meet it and how? Our suggestion consists of periodically interweaving Mathematics-News-Snapshots (MNSs). We’ll examine a sample MNS against the rationale and the guidelines for MNS authors. Results from interweaving 21 different MNSs in Israel will be followed by a call for collaboration in (i) Developing new MNSs; (ii) Implementing existing MNSs empirically.

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., Tower Court D, Tower Building


Presenting research to undergraduate students is rewarding, but challenging. The gory details of mathematical results often require 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.

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., Governor's Square 15, Plaza Building

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)