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Student Poster Session FAQs

How do I submit an abstract?

You can submit your abstract online. Check the main student poster session page for the link and deadlines.

Do I need to register for the conference? What do I need to do to participate in the conference?

You will need to register for the conference on the official JMM Website and we recommend you register by the early registration deadline. You should register in the "Undergraduate Student" category (or appropriate Graduate Student category if you are a current grad student presenting research conducted as an undergrad).

Can I submit a poster on research in the history of mathematics or mathematics education?

Abstracts in both topics are welcome. Research in mathematics education includes qualitative and quantitative analyses of topics related to the teaching and learning of mathematics. Research in the history of mathematics should use appropriate primary sources and recognized scholarly techniques of investigation. In either case, your faculty advisor can help you decide if your project is a good topic for a poster.

Are there travel funds available to participate in the Poster Session?

The MAA no longer supports student travel with funding from the National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences (grant DMS-1341843). However, there are several things you can do to obtain money from your institution. Have your advisor notify the Department Chair and the Dean of your intentions to travel. There may be some funds available through your department to assist you with the trip. Many student government associations have money allocated by the University to fund student presentation travel. You will need to approach the student government office to find out if such funds exist and what their policy is in distributing the money. Sometimes, the Office of Sponsored Research reserves funds for student travel. You will need to contact the director of sponsored research on your campus to discover if student travel money exists. You may not get all your funding in one place and you may also be only partially funded. However, if you begin your search early you will probably be able to secure at least partial support for your efforts.

Can I bring my own poster board?

You can bring your own board, however the dimensions must be the standard self-standing tabletop posters that are 48″ wide, 36″ high and are tri-fold.

Do Outstanding Presentation Winners receive prize money?

No. Outstanding Presentation Winners receive a certificate, which can be picked up on Saturday morning at the MAA Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall or will be mailed to you after the conference.

How do I obtain housing?

Because many of the conference sites are held in large convention centers, nearby hotels can become pricey. To keep costs down, we recommend you register as early as possible. Hotels are allocated through the Joint Meeting registration form on a first come first served basis. We also try to coordinate roommates among Poster Session participants as part of your abstract submission form. Again, we recommend that you put in your request as early as possible. It is difficult to find housing at the last minute.

Can I present my research that I did in an REU type program in my institution? It was not NSF funded REU.

Yes, as long as your research is supervised or guided by a faculty member you care eligible to present.

Can I present my research work I did as a summer intern in an industry?

Yes, provided an academic faculty member is also involved in your research as an intern and you were supervised.

Do I have to be present and/or register for the Joint Math Meeting even if I can't go? Can my student still present at the poster session if I do not officially register?

We prefer that a faculty member accompanies the student, just so the student do not feel lost in the midst of many conference attendees and so that the student will have a better experience attending the conference.

How many words does an abstract needs to be? Does the abstract title need to be catchy or just relevant to the research?

An abstract should be within 250 words or less but not less than 50 words. See the MAA Guide to Writing an Abstract. A title must be relevant and capture the essence of the research in 12 to 15 words.

Can I pay for my student and then get reimbursed by MAA?

Yes, the MAA can reimburse you if your name is on the travel and hotel receipts. However, we cannot split the reimbursement between the advisor and student - it must all go to one person.

Where can I get a copy of our acceptance letter with my name on it?

Email the MAA Programs Team and let them know what you need.

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