Proposal Submission Information

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Eleventh Conference on

Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education

DoubleTree Hotel
San Diego - Mission Valley, California

February 28 – March 2, 2008

  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 eleventh 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 as an attachment (plain text, rich text, or pdf) by e-mail to the Chair of the Program Committee at

    Proposals must conform to the following format and be received by November 5th, 2007.

    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, names and institutional affiliations should ONLY appear in the body of your email and not in the attached document containing your proposal.

    2. Indicate in both the body of the email and at the top of the attached proposal for which type of session your paper is intended: Contributed Research Report or Preliminary Research Report.

    3. Include at the top of your attached proposal a 100 to 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 framework
      • Research methodology
      • Results of the research
      • Applications to / implications for teaching practice

    5. A short list of references should be given at the end of the proposal. The references do not count toward the two-page limit.
  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 it clear what the conclusions/main claims are?
    Are those supported by data?
    Does the research contribute to teaching practice/theory development?
The Program Committee will review all proposals and create the program of talks. 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: Authors of all accepted proposals are expected to submit a previously unpublished paper for an electronic proceedings. Papers are due two weeks after the conference (March 17, 2008) to give authors a chance to incorporate comments and suggestions from their presentation. Authors will have the option of writing a short (5-8 page) paper or a long (10-20 page) paper.

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