Proposal Submission Information

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Ninth Conference on

Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education

Embassy Suites Hotel
Piscataway, New Jersey

 February 23 – February 26, 2006

  1. Call for Conference Papers

As part of its ongoing activities to foster research in undergraduate mathematics education and the dissemination of such research, the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME) presents its ninth Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.

Contributed Papers

The SIGMAA on RUME aims to foster a professional atmosphere for quality research in the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. We solicit proposals for contributed papers presenting results from completed research studies on undergraduate mathematics education that address one or more of the following themes:

o              Results of current research

o              Contemporary theoretical perspectives and research paradigms

o              General issues in the psychology of mathematics education.

Preliminary Reports

The SIGMAA on RUME seeks to support the professional development of new researchers in the field of undergraduate mathematics education. To foster constructive discussions toward this goal, we encourage graduate students, new PhDs, undergraduate mathematics educators, and experienced researchers to present preliminary reports on research projects in early stages of development or execution. Significant discussion time will follow each presentation to allow for feedback and suggestions for future directions for the research.

  1. All proposals should be sent by e-mail (plain text, no attachments please) to the Chair of the Program Committee at

Proposals must conform to the following format and be received by October 20th, 2005..

Please keep other questions, queries, and correspondence to the Chair of the Program Committee separate from the e-mail submission of your proposal.

Your proposal should consist of the following five parts:

    1. At the beginning of the e-mail, please include the
      • Name
      • e-mail address, and
      •  Institutional affiliation
      for each presenter or co-author. To help us maintain a blind initial review process, this should be the ONLY place in the e-mail this information is included. Many of you have automatic "signatures" appended to your e-mail which should be turned off or deleted.

    2. Indicate for which type of session your paper is intended: Contributed Paper or Preliminary Report.

    3. Include a 150-word abstract.

    4. Include a brief but informative title preceding your proposal. The length of the proposal should be 1-2 "standard" pages of text. Use only plain text in your e-mails, no attachments please. Remember, it is your responsibility to "blind" the proposals as much as possible.

      It is highly recommended that proposals address as many as possible of the following considerations:
      • An explicit statement of the question(s) or issue(s) the research explores.
      • Relation of this work to the research literature
      • Theoretical perspective and/or conceptual famework
      • Research methodology
      • Results of the research
      • Applications to / implications for teaching practice

    5. A short list of references can be given at the end of the proposal.

   III.            Criteria for review of proposals. Your proposal must address an issue relevant to RUME and be well-written. In reviewing your proposal the committee will consider the following questions when applicable:

Does the proposal explore a significant issue/question relevant to RUME?
How does it relate to prior research on related topics/issues?
Is the theoretical perspective clearly outlined?
Is there an appropriate choice of research methodology?
Is the analysis supported by data?
Is it clear what the conclusions/main claims are?
Are those supported by data?
Is there potential to extend this research?
Does the research contribute to teaching practice/theory development?
Is there promise of a successful presentation?

  IV.            Method for review of proposals. Upon receipt of your proposal, the Chair of the Program Committee will blind the submissions by stripping away the Name/E-mail/Affiliation information at the beginning of the e-mail. The proposals will then be sent to the other members of the Program Committee who will independently review all proposals. The Chair of the Program Committee will then sort the proposals according to all these reviews. Finally, the entire Program Committee will create the program of talks. At this last step, complete information will be available to all members of the Program Committee.

The final program stemming from this call for proposals will likely consist of:

  1. A book of abstracts will be produced prior to the conference. Note that your abstract will be included only after your registration payment has been received.

    There will not be a published proceedings from this conference. However, speakers and poster presenters are welcome to bring handouts with them to the conference.

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Program Committee and Local Organizer:

Jennifer Christian Smith, The University of Texas at Austin
Barbara Edwards
, Oregon State University
William O. Martin, North Dakota State University
Michael Oehrtman (Chair of Program Committee), Arizona State University 
Manya Raman, Rutgers University
Chris Rasmussen
, San Diego State University
Keith Weber (Local Organizer), Rutgers University