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AMS and NSA Conference on

Promoting Undergraduate Research in Mathematics

September 2830, 2006

The Westin O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont, Illinois


Thursday, September 28, 2006
4:00 - 6:00 pm Conference check-in
5:00 - 6:00 pm Reception
6:00 - 6:30 pm
Welcome: John Ewing, AMS
Jim Schatz, NSA
6:30 - 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Opening address: Joe Gallian, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Aparna Higgins, University of Dayton

Friday, September 29, 2006
7:30 - 8:30 a.m Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Panel: The Spectrum of Undergraduate Research Programs
  Moderator: Robert Megginson, University of Michigan
    Peter May, University of Chicago
    Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo, Valparaiso University
    Erika Camacho, Loyola Marymount University

Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Panelists will describe current forms of various undergraduate research programs: NSF-funded REUs, other summer undergraduate research programs, minority-serving programs, and academic year undergraduate research programs.
9:45 - 10:30 a.m Break
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Small groups: Overcoming Challenges
    Kurt Bryan, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Doug Faires, Youngstown State University
Jim Morrow, University of Washington
Tim Pennings, Hope College
Judy Walker, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Stephen Wirkus, California State Polytechnic University
Participants will break up into 6 small groups, each with a facilitator. In each group, participants will discuss challenges they have faced in their undergraduate research activities, and how they have overcome these challenges. For example, discussions might center on finding sources of support, how to deal with burnout or how to get recognition from departments or institutions for undergraduate research involvement. Facilitators will report back to the full group.
11:15 - 12 noon
Reports from small groups
  Moderator: Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee
12:00 - 1:30 p.m Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Panel: Diversity issues in undergraduate research
  Moderator: Ivelisse Rubio, University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
    Ricardo Cortez, Tulane University
Dennis Davenport, Miami University
Herbert Medina, Loyola Marymount University
Darren Narayan, Rochester Institute of Technology
The panelists of this session will discuss the importance of involving minority communities in undergraduate research in mathematics in order to increase their representation in the area. They will also discuss effective recruiting techniques and successful strategies.
3:00 - 3:45 p.m Break
3:45 - 5:15 p.m
Open Forum
  Moderator: Aparna Higgins, University of Dayton
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner
Saturday, September 30, 2006
7:30 - 8:30 a.m Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45 a.m
Panel: Assessment of Programs
  Moderator: Anant Godbole, East Tennessee State University
    Michelle Wagner, NSA
    Frank Connolly, University of Notre Dame
    Dan Isaksen, Wayne State University
Speakers will summarize information gleaned from assessments now available to determine the impact that research programs have had on students. The assessment techniques that some REUs now use will be presented.
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 12 noon.
Panel: Perspectives from Students
  Moderator: Carl Cowen, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
    Paul Gibson, Northwestern University
Rana Mikkelson, Iowa State University
David Uminsky, Boston University
Melanie Wood, Princeton University
Current graduate students will describe their undergraduate research experiences and the impact these have had on their mathematical development. They will also discuss the way their time in an undergraduate research program affected their graduate experiences.
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Parallel sessions
Each participant will choose one of the following sessions when registering for the conference. Facilitators for each session will report back to the full group in the final plenary session.

  • Uniform acceptance date
  • Generating research problems
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Working with local students
  • Using graduate students as advisors
  • Helping undergraduate students into graduate school
  • Undergraduate biology and mathematics programs
2:30 - 3:15 pm
Reports from parallel sessions
  Moderator: Charles Johnson, College of William and Mary

3:15 - 4:00 pm

Closing panel:
  Moderator: Barbara Deuink, NSA
    Frank Connolly, University of Notre Dame
    Joseph Gallian, University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Aparna Higgins, University of Dayton
    Ivelisse Rubio, University of Puerto Rico-Humacao

Program Committee:

Frank Connolly, University of Notre Dame
Joseph Gallian, University of Minnesota--Duluth
Aparna Higgins, University of Dayton
Ivelisse Rubio, University of Puerto Rico—Humacao

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