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Poster Sessions

MAA Contributed Poster Sessions

Session I: Thursday, July 30, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon F
Session II: Friday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon F
Session III: Saturday, August 1, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon F


The MAA is pleased to continue with the MAA Contributed Poster Session (CPS) at MathFest 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. The overwhelming consensus among organizers and participants is that poster sessions provide an excellent opportunity to share participants’ work, to network with attendees who share interests with the presenters, and to learn from the attendees. Our goal is to leverage the poster session format to increase engagement between presenters and their audience. We will rotate the poster categories throughout the meeting, each rotation will last 45 minutes, and the number of rotations will depend on the number of accepted posters. The MAA will provide corkboards or trifolds for the posters – you just need to bring your poster.

Submitting an abstract for the poster session in the areas of mathematics, pedagogy, and undergraduate mathematics curriculum is no different than submitting an abstract for the contributed paper session. To submit an abstract for MAA MathFest 2020 go to and follow the instructions found there. The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 30, 2020. Early submissions are encouraged. When you submit your abstract, you will be asked to place it in one of the following categories:

  • Assessment
  • History and Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Interdisciplinary Topics in Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Technology
  • Mentoring
  • Modeling and Applications
  • Outreach
  • Teaching and Learning Advanced Mathematics
  • Teaching and Learning Calculus
  • Teaching and Learning Developmental Mathematics
  • Teaching and Learning Introductory Mathematics
  • Teaching and Learning Other Mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Geometr
  • Graph Theory
  • Linear Algebra
  • Logic and Foundations
  • Number Theory
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Other than the above

Please consult this year's Call for Posters for more information on the sessions in general, and what to expect for submitting and preparing presentations.


Outreach Poster Session

Thursday, July 30, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon F


All community members involved in outreach activities are welcome to present a poster on those activities. These outreach activities can be camps for middle school children, seminars or symposia for undergraduate women, Sonia Kovalevski Days, etc. We want to hear about the good work you are doing encouraging diversity and inclusion in mathematics.

Rachelle Decoste, Wheaton College


Aligning Courses in the First Two Years with the Instructional Practices Guide and AMATYC IMPACT

Thursday, July 30, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon F


The Instructional Practices Guide gives evidence-based ideas for classroom, assessment, and design practices. AMATYC's IMPACT document gives guidance on influencing students' mathematical prowess. This poster session invites participants to share an IP or IMPACT-aligned strategy in a course typically in the first two years of college. Posters from two-year college faculty and experienced graduate student teaching assistants are highly encouraged.

Chris Oehrlein, Oklahoma City Community College

Sponsor: Committee on Two-Year Colleges (CTYC)


Undergraduate Student Poster Session

Friday, July 31, 10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon F


This session features research done by undergraduate students. Appropriate content includes, but is not limited to, a new result, a new proof of a known result, a new mathematical model, an innovative solution to a Putnam problem, or a method of solution to an applied problem. Projects that are currently "in progress", but leading towards one of these outcomes are also welcome. Purely expository material is not appropriate for this session.

Eric Ruggieri, College of the Holy Cross
Chasen Smith, Georgia Southern University

Sponsor: Committee on Undergraduate Students (CUS)


PosterFest 2020: Scholarship by Early Career Mathematicians

Friday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon F


This poster session and networking event provides an informal opportunity for early career mathematicians to present and discuss their scholarly activities (such as: expository work, preliminary reports, scholarship of teaching and learning, and research reports). Nontenured faculty and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate submissions will not be accepted. Questions regarding this session should be sent to the organizers.

Holly Attenborough, University of Wisconsin-Plattevlile
Lisa Driskell, Colorado Mesa University

Sponsor: The MAA Committee on Early Career Mathematicians (ECM)


PIC Math Showcase

Saturday, August 1, 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom E & F


PIC Math prepares mathematical sciences students for industrial careers by engaging them in research problems that come directly from industry. In this session students who participated in PIC Math will give talks and poster presentations about their research, and mathematicians in industry will talk about what it is like to work in industry and what students need to do to succeed.


  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m: Eight students talks at 15-minute intervals
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Two mathematicians from industry speak in 30-minute intervals
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Break
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: PIC Math student poster session (Grand Ballroom F)

Sponsors: PIC Math is an MAA program that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF grant DMS-1722275) and the National Security Agency (NSA)