These meetings are sponsored
by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical
Association of America (MAA) and encompass the meetings of these
organizations as well as several others. We don't want you to
be overwhelmed by your first meeting experience, so we list some
tips here on how to get the most out of your time at the meeting
and at future meetings. A special welcome is extended to students.
After all, you are the future and hopefully you will contribute
to the success of the Joint Meetings throughout your career.
It is best to
register in advance and take advantage of the lowest registration
rates (30% higher on site) and the best pick of hotel rooms at
specially negotiated low prices. Those who register early enough
also qualify for the room lottery; the lucky winners get a free
stay at selected hotels. Most participants elect to receive their
badge and program by mail in advance so they can plan their time.
All pertinent information on advance registration appears on this
site and in
the October issues of the Notices and FOCUS.
Meetings Service Bureau (MMSB) is the service
arm of the meetings. Your registration and room
reservation are handled there. Don't hesitate to call
(401-455-4143) when you have any questions or special needs. Remember
to be thorough, accurate, and legible when filling out your form,
and avoid delays by double-checking your credit card number or
be certain your check is enclosed. Make sure your room guarantee
Look for the Directory of
Registrants located in or near the registration area to see who's
attending the meetings. There also will be a message board in
the same vicinity so you may leave personal messages for other
If you received your badge,
program, and social events tickets in the mail, you may not need
to come by the Registration Desk at all except to say hello. Among
the services offered at the Registration Desk are:
Registration for the
Joint Meetings and MAA Minicourses (where space is available)
hotel problem assistance, or replacement of lost badges, programs,
Banquet ticket sales (if
Your copy of JointMeetingNews,
the daily newsletter containing up-to-the-minute program changes
and other important information
Transparencies and pens
Session packets for those
chairing a session
Abstracts for all talks
Past meetings have featured
a variety of banquets or social events.
Ticket prices, where applicable, can be found in the program. It
is recommended that you purchase tickets through advance registration
since many events sell out.
Once you have your program in
hand (either by mail through advance registration or by registering
on site) put your name on the cover! We have to
charge $5 to cover the cost of replacing a lost program; however,
if yours is turned in to the Lost and Found at the cashier station,
you may be able to retrieve it if you've written your name on it.
Replacement copies of the timetable are available at no charge.
Now check out the scientific
program. Go through the prose section and mark some sessions
and talks of general interest that you might attend. Now repeat
this process with the "Program of the Sessions". Once
at the meeting you can turn to either the prose section or the Program
of the Sessions for more details. If you want to know when,
or whether, a particular person will be giving an invited lecture
or presenting a talk, look at the List Presenters of Papers section
just before the Program of the Sessions section. If you also
want to see the abstracts for talks, pick up a complimentary
copy of the abstracts booklet at the Transparencies section of the
Registration Desk. See the page in your program book just before
the "List of Presenters" for instructions on how to navigate
between the abstracts and program book.
Transfer your notes to the separate
timetable; then you can use the timetable as your global guide that
tells you where to be when. The timetable also contains convenient
floorplans for the session rooms in the hotel or convention center.
Check out the local
information pages at the very back. They contain:
Services available in
or near the registration area
Information on restaurants,
other services, and places of interest in the city
An alphabetical listing
of exhibitors and a floor plan showing their locations
Center provides a convenient meeting place for candidates
(most often holding a Ph.D.) seeking employment in mathematics and
those who are seeking to fill positions. Many of the jobs being
interviewed for are academic positions which begin the following
August, although there are a few representatives from industry and
government. Employers use the service in two distinct ways; either
by using the computer-scheduling system to set brief appointments
over a two-day period, or by reserving a table for themselves and
making their own schedule. Appointments for these self-scheduled
"Interview Center" tables are made either in advance,
or on site using the Employment Message Center. Those who may want
to participate in Employment Center interviews are advised to register
as early as possible, either in advance or on Wednesday on site.
A detailed description of this service can be found here
or in the October issues of FOCUS and Notices.
Are you interested in giving
a 10-minute talk at an AMS contributed paper session?
The AMS requires that you submit an abstract of your talk on the
appropriate form well in advance of the meeting. If accepted, your
paper will be scheduled with others on the same or a similar topic.
Also review the list of Special Sessions for the meeting. If you
feel your paper would be appropriate for one of them, please submit
it by the early deadline. See the January Notices for general
The MAA accepts
contributed papers on specific topics which are
announced in FOCUS and the Notices several months
before the meeting. MAA also offers a general contributed paper
session. Follow the instructions and submit your paper on the appropriate
form. The deadline for submitting a paper is usually early September.
See also the Deadlines
page. The session organizers may schedule these presentations
for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, but they are often 10 or 15
minutes long because of the large numbers of papers accepted. After
review by the Associate Secretary, and the session organizer when
appropriate, your paper will be scheduled.
Abstract submission deadlines
are rigorously enforced! All speakers will receive a notice
by mail giving the date and time the talk is scheduled approximately
eight weeks before the meeting.
The standard audio-visual
equipment available to you at meetings is one overhead
projector and screen. Blackboards are not available.
Should you have some other A-V request, please contact the Audio-Visual
Coordinator (for AMS sessions) or the MAA Associate Secretary (for
MAA sessions) in writing several weeks before the meeting begins.
All such requests are subject to budgetary constraints and may not
Don't miss the Exhibit Area.
There are many booths featuring commercial exhibits of books and
journals, computer hardware and software, and various other products
of interest, often available at special discounts for meeting participants.
The AMS Book Sale offers the
newest AMS books. AMS staff members are available to answer questions
about journals, membership, and AMS electronic products.
The AMS Membership booth offers
free coffee plus free brochures, calendars and information about
a wide range of AMS programs. Stop by and pick up some materials
to bring home.
The MAA Book Sale features new
books for purchase, including mathematical biography, history, hard-core
mathematics, visualization in mathematics, materials for the classroom,
problems (solved and unsolved), projects for students, and gift
items.You can also renew your MAA # membership, get your MAA membership
pin, or receive information on joining # the MAA. MAA staff will
be giving away temporary tattoos, decals and # other math-related
There are many opportunities
to network at the meeting: at the Exhibits, First-Timers
Reception, Joint Prize Session Reception, the many university/exhibitor
receptions and activities listed in Social
Events, and Special Interest Groups of the MAA (SIGMAAs) on
Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education; Business, Industry,
and Government; Statistics Education; History of Mathematics; Philosophy
of Mathematics; Environmental Mathematics; and Mathematics Instruction
Using the Web. Days and times of all events are listed in the program
prose and timetable.
All students and others interested
in student activities are
encouraged to visit the Student Hospitality and Information
Center at the meeting for relaxation and camaraderie. And
you never know when some famous mathematician will drop by for a
There will also be a session
on "Negotiating the Joint Meetings" on Sunday. Read about
Comments on any aspect of the
meetings are always welcome and may be entered in the log located
at the Transparencies section of the Registration Desk, or forwarded
to the Director of Meetings, AMS, P. O. Box 6887, Providence, RI
02940 or e-mailed to email@example.com.