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How to Propose a Session at MAA MathFest

Submit a Proposal


MAA MathFest 2021


Please note:Given the unusual circumstances to which we are still adjusting, we must streamline the program for this year’s MAA MathFest. This will help us deliver an optimal meeting experience that is accessible and enjoyable for all.

We therefore must make difficult and carefully considered decisions about the content of this year’s program. For instance, we cannot schedule multiple sessions from a given SIGMAA (business meetings/receptions excepted), committee, or group.

We appreciate the flexible nature of MAA’s session organizers, and we are grateful to those submitting proposals for helping construct our meetings. MAA will strive to accommodate as many sessions as possible; if for any reason we are not able to accept a session to this year’s MAA MathFest, then we will reach out with alternative options to present."


General Information That is Included in All Proposals


Abstract/Session Description

The abstract is the only description that prospective participants will see. It will appear in the meeting program, website, and FOCUS. This description should clearly articulate the content and goals for the session, the format of the course, and any necessary prerequisite knowledge, and should be written to help the meeting attendee determine whether or not they wish to attend the session. The abstract should be no more than 1500 characters including spaces.


Enter all the requested contact information for the organizer(s) and panelists (if applicable). If an organizer has organized a workshop, panel, or poster session in the last three years either at the Joint Meetings or MathFest, list the meeting, session title and approximate session attendance. If submitting a panel session proposal, you will be asked to provide a very brief biographical sketch for each panelist, focusing on experience as related to the proposed topic.

Additional Information

Under AV/Logistical Requests, list any special equipment or logistical needs. (An LCD projector and screen will be provided; presenters are expected to bring their own laptops.) Any special needs should be included here in the original proposal for the session. All logistical requests are subject to approval. Also on this tab, list any sponsoring organizations, such as SIGMAAs, MAA committees, or external organizations, and indicate if the same session has been offered previously.

Also, list any scheduling constraints you have during the meeting, the additional details requested under each session type below, and any other information you wish the selection committee to consider.

Additional Information Required in Proposals for Specific Session Categories

Please click on the buttons below for details about specific session category proposals:

Invited Paper Sessions Themed Contributed Paper Sessions


Workshops, Panels, Town Halls, and Posters Minicourses

If you have questions about submitting a proposal, contact MAA Associate Secretary Hortensia Soto.