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MAA Rocky Mountain Section Meeting

April 17-18, 2020



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The Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA are excited to have you join us for this year's annual meeting on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver.





Registration and Banquet Information:

Please click on the following link to register:




All dinners served with bread, house salad, Chef's choice of dessert, coffee and iced tea.

Choice of:

1. Flat Iron Steak

Sous vide flat iron steak, herb pistou, pan roasted fingerlings, Brussels sprouts, romesco sauce and sunflower kernels.


2. Coconut Panang Curry

Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegetarian

Hearty roasted foraged mushrooms, English peas, peppers, carrots, roasted potato and a side of jasmine rice.


Abstract Submissions:

Please submit abstracts for talks in the following Contributed Paper Sessions by Friday, March 27. 

Click on the following link to submit an abstract:


1. History of Math and Its Use in Teaching

 Sesson organizers: Janet Barnett (
                             George Heine (
                             Dave Ruch (


This session invites talks on any topic related to the history of mathematics. Talks on the use of history in teaching undergraduate mathematics courses other than the history of mathematics are especially welcome.

 2. Promoting Mathematics Education

Session organizers: Nursen Konuk (
                             Stephen Aldrich (


This session will bring mathematicians, educators, teachers, supervisors, curriculum developers, and students together to engage with research and practice and will provide an opportunity to develop a stronger community of mathematics educators. We invite speakers to share ideas from their research or practice to promote mathematics education. We welcome proposals including but not limited to promoting math engagement, equity and inclusion in mathematics education, building a positive culture for learning mathematics. We are particularly interested in presentations from institutions that are using supplemental instruction, co-requisite instruction, and/ or supplemental academic instruction for any of their general education offerings.

3. Teaching with IBL Methods

Session organizers: Nathaniel Miller (
                             Gulden Karakok (


Inquiry-based learning (IBL) transforms students’ experiences with mathematics. Taking a big umbrella view, teaching practices of IBL aim to develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and processes by engaging students actively in “doing” mathematics. In this session, talks will focus on various teaching practices of IBL. We seek both novel ideas and effective approaches to IBL for instructors new to IBL, as well as seasoned practitioners looking for new ideas.

4. Probability and Statistics

Session organizers: Ben Dyhr (
                             Shahar Boneh (

5. Applied Mathematics

Session organizers: Rob Niemeyer (niemeye1@msudenver)
                             Henc Bouwmeester (

6. General Session

Session organizer:

7. Graduate Research

Session organizer: Mike Jacobson (

8. In-Progress Undergraduate Research 

Session organizers: Jeremy Muskat (
                             Diane Davis (


Please join this active session as a presenter or a participant! The goal of this session is for undergraduate presenters to share about a current research project or topic of interest. The research does not need to be completed, instead share your work that is in progress. Use this session to bounce ideas off of an audience who is eager to brainstorm solutions to a problem or to suggest extensions to your research. Are you excited to get involved with undergraduate research, but don’t know where to start? Present on your favorite topic that you encountered in a class, let the audience help guide you into extending that topic into a research question.

Each twelve minute undergraduate talk will include an additional eight minute time for audience participation in discussion and brainstorming.

Pre-Conference Workshop:

Friday, April 17, 10:00-11:30am

A Classroom Experience with Inquiry-Based Learning

Facilitated by Nathaniel Miller and Gulden Karakok, University of Northern Colorado


Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a framework for teaching in which students engage actively with meaningful problems, collaborate with peers, and communicate their results. This mini-workshop will give a hands-on introduction to IBL teaching methods. In the first part, participants will take the role of students in an authentic IBL classroom experience led by an expert IBL instructor. In the second part, participants will discuss their experience and topics related to IBL teaching such as problem selection, group and classroom management, and providing real-time feedback on student successes and mistakes. The session is aimed at individuals who are new to teaching with IBL. Participants will leave with improved knowledge of IBL techniques and increased confidence for running IBL classes.

The Pre-Conference workshop is free. If you are planning to attend, please add this to your registration so we have an estimate of how many participants to expect.

Student Information:

Free student lunch and games session!
There will be a free student lunch (pizza and gluten-free options available) and a board-games session. Bring your favorite math or logic game, and play games with other students or just come to socialize. Details to come! Join us!

This is Jeopardy!
We will continue the ever-popular student Math Jeopardy, first started in Spring 2016! Get together a team of 4-5 students from your university/college; or sign up to be put on an "inter-uni" team. There are a limited number of teams; they will be entered in the competition on a first-come, first-served basis. There is also a limit of five students on the inter-uni team, so register early!

For more information, please contact our Student Activities Coordinator: Dr. Divya Vernerey at

History of Mathematics Student Poster Contest
Make a poster! For more information, see:

HoM Poster Contest Info

HoM Poster Contest Guidelines

or contact Dr. Janet Barnett at 

Give a talk!

This conference is a great place to give a talk (20 minutes talk with 5 minutes for questions/ changeover) to fellow students and faculty members. If you would like to give a talk, please submit your proposal as described in the general announcement for the meeting. Works from a new result, a new proof of a known result, REU, independent study, senior seminar, innovative solutions to a Putnam problem, or a purely expository topic are all welcome.


CCTM News and Events: 

CCTM Panel Discussion: 

Friday, April 17; 3:30 - 5:05pm

News You Can Use: Updates from the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics (CCTM)

The Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics (CCTM, the Colorado affiliate of NCTM) provides networking, advocacy, and support for mathematics teachers across the state of Colorado. Join us as CCTM board members share updates on restructuring of its annual conference and new networking opportunities for members and nonmembers of the CCTM (including meet-&-greet and dine-&-discuss sessions). In addition, we will share updates to the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards. The updates are particularly important for postsecondary educators as they are relevant to the work of mathematics preparation of prospective teachers. Finally, the editor-in-chief of Colorado Mathematics Teacher (CCTM’s journal) will share updates on submission and publication processes. The CCTM Board is pleased to organize this panel as part of our efforts to strengthen connections and communication between the MAA Rocky Mountain Section and CCTM. In this session, we will address your questions as well as pose some questions to facilitate an interactive panel.

Panelists: CCTM Board Members


CCTM Board Meeting

Saturday, April 18; 8:00am - 4:00pm


Auraria Campus Information:

The Friday evening banquet will be held in the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott on the Auraria campus. They are not offering us a meeting discount for rooms.

Please check the usual online hotel websites for accomodations in downtown Denver.

The talks will be held in the Science Building. The recommended parking lot is the Holly Lot for $6.75 per day. Please note that the 7th Street parking garage closes at 6pm on Fridays and 4:30pm on Saturdays. Please do not park in this garage. 

Auraria Campus Parking Map

Auraria General Campus Map



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