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2011 JMM, Jan 6 - 9, 2011, New Orleans Marriott, Sheraton New Orleans, Largest Annual Mathematics Meeting in the World

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Grad School Fair, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Here is the opportunity for undergrads to meet representatives from mathematical sciences graduate programs from universities all over the country. January is a great time for juniors to learn more, and college seniors may still be able to refine their search. This is your chance for one-stop shopping in the graduate school market. At last year's meeting about 300 students met with representatives from 45 graduate programs. If your school has a graduate program and you are interested in participating, a table will be provided for your posters and printed materials for US$60 (registration for this event must be made by a person already registered for the JMM), and you are welcome to personally speak to interested students. Complimentary coffee will be served. Cosponsored by the AMS and MAA.

Graduate School: Choosing One, Getting In, Staying In, organized by Aaron Luttman, Clarkson University, and Kristi Meyer, Wisconsin Lutheran College; Friday, 10:35 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. With so many graduate school choices and so much information available online, how do you decide on a list of schools to apply to? How can you strengthen your application so you will be accepted into a program? How do you choose which school to attend? And once you've started a program, how do you successfully navigate grad school and complete your degree? Panelists Jessie Lenarz, Concordia College; Richard McGehee, University of Minnesota; and Jennifer McNulty, University of Montana, will discuss these and other important issues for those students who are considering a graduate degree or thinking about switching graduate programs. Sponsored by the Young Mathematicians Network and the MAA Committee on Graduate Students.

This Could be YOUR Graduate Research!, organized by Ralucca Gera, Naval Postgraduate School, and Aaron Luttman, Clarkson University; Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Are you interested in graduate school but don't know what kind of research you want to do? Ever feel like you don't really even know what kind of research is being done by mathematicians? This session, including speakers Timothy Chartier, Davidson College; Steven Horton, U.S. Military Academy; and Keri Kornelson, University of Oklahoma, is designed to introduce you to current research in the mathematical sciences. The presenters come from new and developing fields like network science and dynamical systems, as well as classical research areas such as analysis and algebra. Each talk is aimed specifically at introducing undergraduate students to active fields of research. Come and find out about cutting-edge mathematical problems: These could become your graduate research! Sponsored by the MAA and the Young Mathematicians Network.

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MAA Lecture for Students, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m., will be given by Steve Abbott, Middlebury College, on Turning theorems into plays.

Undergraduate Student Poster Session, Saturday, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., organized by Joyati Debnath, Winona State University, Mike O'Leary, Towson University, and Robert Vallin, Slippery Rock University. The session is reserved to undergraduates and first-year graduate students submitting posters on work done while undergraduates. Abstracts are accepted on a first-come basis. Space is limited and students are encouraged to apply early. Beginning September 1, 2010, students can submit abstracts online at Examples of poster topics include a new result, a different proof of a known theorem, an innovative solution of a Putnam problem, a new mathematical model, or method of solution of an applied problem. Purely expository posters cannot be accepted. Prizes will be awarded to the top-rated posters with funds provided by several organizations that are committed to undergraduate mathematics research; the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics, Educational Advancement Foundation, Brigham Young University Mathematics Department, NSF, SIAM, AMS, AWM, and Pi Mu Epsilon. Trifold, self-standing 48" by 36" tabletop posterboards will be provided. Additional material or equipment is the responsibility of the presenters. Questions regarding this session should be directed to Joyati Debnath at The deadline for proposals is November 9, 2010. Cosponsored by the MAA-CUPM Subcommittee on Undergraduate Research and the MAA Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities and Chapters (CUSAC).

Some more advanced students might be interested in the session on How to Interview for a Job in the Mathematical Sciences, Thursday at 2:15 p.m.; Career Options for Undergraduate Mathematics Majors, Friday, 9:00 a.m.; and Maximize your Career Potential, Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

Also see the Social Events for the open hours of the Student Hospitality Center.

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