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Networking Sessions

Please note: all sessions are listed in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT = UTC-6:00)

SCUDEM - International Student Challenge Gathering and Information

Wednesday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.


SCUDEM - SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equations Modeling, a student challenge modeling opportunity with differential equations, will take place from 23 October - 15 November 2021. Teams of three students select one of three problems and produce a model and a ten-minute video. Join us to learn more. See for details.

Brian Winkel, Director SIMIODE

Sponsor: SIMIODE - Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations


NSF Funding Opportunities in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources

Wednesday, August 4, 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Friday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. -11:20 a.m.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers multiple grant programs that promote research, innovations in learning and teaching and/or infrastructural support in the mathematical sciences. Program Officers from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) will provide an overview of several programs that welcome submissions from the mathematical sciences community, discuss the NSF review process, and provide tips on effective proposal preparation. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore specific DUE programs through breakout sessions that will include ample time for discussion and Q&A.

Michael Ferrara, John Haddock, Sandra Richardson, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation


SIGMAA on Quantitative Learning (SIGMAA QL) Business Meeting

Wednesday, August 4, 2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Samual Tunstall, Trinity University


SIGMAA on Mathematical and Computational Biology (BIO SIGMAA) Business Meeting

Wednesday, August 4, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hannah Highlander, University of Portland


SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME) Business Meeting

Thursday, August 5, 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Nicole Infante, West Virginia University


SIGMAA on Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics (SIGMAA TAHSM) Business Meeting

Thursday, August 5, 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Chuck Garner, Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology
Bill Shillito, Oglethorpe University


SIGMAA on Statistics Education (SIGMAA Stat-Ed) Business Meeting

Thursday, August 5, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Phil Yates, DePaul University


SIGMAA for the Philosophy of Mathematics (POM SIGMAA) Guest Lecture

As-if Mathematics Were True

Thursday, August 5, 3:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Elaine Landry, University of California - Davis


Central claim: When we shift our focus from solving philosophical problems to solving mathematical ones, we see that an as-if methodological interpretation of mathematical structuralism can be used to provide an account of both the practice and the applicability of mathematics whilst avoiding the conflation of mathematical and metaphysical considerations. Time for discussion with the audience will be included. This talk should be accessible to mathematicians at all levels with some interest in the philosophy of mathematics.

Bonnie Gold, Monmouth University


SIGMAA on Sports (Sports SIGMAA) Business Meeting and Guest Lecture

Friday, August 6, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.


The annual business meeting of the Sports SIGMAA. We will discuss SIGMAA activities, potential new ventures, budget issues, and also have a guest lecturer to talk about their experiences, activities, or perspectives on sports analytics. All are welcome!

Russ Goodman, Central College


SIGMAA on Undergraduate Research (UR SIGMAA) Business Meeting and Guest Lecture

Using Restorative Practices to Build Research Communities

Saturday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Pamela Harris, Williams College


An invited talk by Professor Pamela Harris of Williams College, titled "Using restorative practices to build research communities," will be followed by the UR SIGMAA Business Meeting.

Anant Godbole, East Tennessee State University
Allison Henrich, Seattle University


How to Run a Math Festival

Saturday, August 7, 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.


The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival will host an interactive session on how to organize a mathematics festival in your community, either virtual or in-person. Topics include logistics, activity selection, and funding. The session will feature some of our favorite activities.

Hector Rosario, Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival


MAA Instructional Practices Guide Networking and Q&A session

Saturday, August 7, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.


The MAA Instructional Practices Guide was designed to share effective, evidence-based practices that instructors can use to facilitate meaningful learning for students of mathematics. At this session, participants will have their questions about the guide answered by experts and will be able to share their own innovations with the guide. As a networking session, participants will also have the opportunity to connect with others to form reading groups to explore the guide, or to join working groups to innovate in ways that expand on or complement the guide.

Jane Long, Stephen F. Austin State University
Juliana Belding, Boston College
Russell Goodman, Central College

Sponsor: MAA Committee on the Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics (CTUM)


Spectra: A Gathering for LGBTQ+ Mathematicians and Allies

Saturday, August 7, 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.


Spectra, the association for LGBTQ+ mathematicians, is organizing this social/informational event for LGBTQ+ mathematicians and their allies to network with each other and learn more about upcoming opportunities and events highlighting the sexual orientation and gender identity diversity in the mathematics community.

Ron Buckmire, Occidental College
Christopher Goff, University of the Pacific