Proposal Submission Information

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Tenth Conference on

Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education

DoubleTree Hotel
San Diego - Mission Valley, California

February 22 – February 25, 2007

  1. Call for Conference Reports
    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 tenth Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.

    Contributed Research Report

    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 research reports presenting results from completed research studies on undergraduate mathematics education that address one or more of the following themes:
    • results of current research
    • contemporary theoretical perspectives and research paradigms, and
    • innovative methodologies and analytical approaches as they pertain to the study undergraduate mathematics education

    Preliminary Research 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. Proposal Submission

    All proposals should be sent by e-mail (plain text, rich text, or pdf) to the Chair of the Program Committee at
    Proposals must conform to the following format and be received by October 13th, 2006.

    Please keep other questions, queries, and correspondence to the Chair of the Program Committee separate from the e-mail submission of your proposal.
    1. At the beginning of the e-mail, please include the
      • Name
      • Institutional affiliation, and
      • e-mail address
      for each presenter or co-author. To help us maintain a blind initial review process, this should be the ONLY place in the document this information is included. If you send your proposal in the text of an email, please be sure to turn off or delete any automatic signatures.

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

    3. Include a 150-word abstract. 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.

    4. Include a brief but informative title preceding your proposal. The length of the proposal should be 1-2 "standard" pages of text. Remember, it is your responsibility to "blind" the proposals as much as possible.

      It is highly recommended that proposals address as many  of the following considerations as possible:
      • 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.
  1. 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?
  1. 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:

    • parallel contributed talks (~40 min),
    • shorter parallel contributed talks (~30 min),
    • preliminary report presentations (~30 min).
  1. Publication Encouragement: In order to encourage conference participants to prepare their work for publication, authors of all accepted proposals are encouraged (but not required) to submit a paper for the electronic proceedings. The optional electronic proceedings is designed to facilitate the publication of members' work as follows:

    Papers are due 2 weeks after the conference. This gives authors a chance to incorporate comments and suggestions from their presentation. Deadline for submission is Monday, March, 12, 2007. Papers must be e-mailed to the SIGMAA on RUME Organizational Director, Michael Oehrtman, at

    Papers are to be a minimum of 10 pages and a maximum of 20 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font, excluding references) and follow APA style, 5th Edition, except for the location of figures and tables, which should be embedded in the text. Do not blind your paper. Papers must be submitted in portable document format (pdf).

    Accepted papers will be available on the SIGMAA on RUME website. In addition, newer researchers can also opt to have their paper be considered for selection of pre-journal submission review by more experienced researchers. Up to four promising papers of newer researchers will be assigned reviewers to help authors get their paper ready for submission to a journal. This is a great opportunity for newer researchers to increase the likelihood of publication in a top journal. 

    Best Paper Award:
    One paper will be selected as the Winner of the Best Paper Award for the 2007 Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. This award carries with it a prize of $200. One additional papers will be awarded Honorable Mention Best Paper Award for the 2007 Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. Winners will be announced shortly after the paper submission deadline and will be recognized nationally through the SIGMAA on RUME listserv and website. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of three readers.

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Program Committee:

Jennifer Christian Smith, The University of Texas at Austin
Shandy Hauk, University of Northern Colorado
David Meel, Bowling Green State University
Vilma Mesa, University of Michigan
Michael Oehrtman (Chair of Program Committee), Arizona State University 
Chris Rasmussen (Local Organizer), San Diego State University
Natasha Speer, Michigan State University