The SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
presents its Twelfth

Conference on Research in

Undergraduate Mathematics Education

Marriott Raleigh City Center - Raleigh, North Carolina
February 26 - March 1, 2009

Conference Program

Conference Proceedings

Conference Abstracts


As part of its on-going 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 twelfth Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.

The conference is a forum for researchers in collegiate mathematics education to share results of research addressing issues pertinent to the learning and teaching of undergraduate mathematics. The conference is organized around the following themes: results of current research, contemporary theoretical perspectives and research paradigms, and innovative methodologies and analytic approaches as they pertain to the study of undergraduate mathematics education. The program will include plenary addresses, contributed paper sessions, and preliminary paper sessions.

Sessions will begin at 7:00 pm, February 26, 2009, and continue through to noon on Sunday, March 1, 2009. The opening plenary will take place on Thursday evening followed by a reception. Conference registration includes all meals except dinner on Saturday.


Plenary Speakers

The SIGMAA on RUME is pleased to announce plenary sessions by:

Jere Confrey
North Carolina State Univeristy
Raleigh, North Carolina


Steering a Course for Preparing Students for the Mathematical Sciences in the 21st Century

Stacey Lowery Bretz
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio


Learning Chemistry through Inquiry: Engaging Underprepared Math Students

Orit Zaslavsky
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Technion, Israel

There is More to Examples than Meets the Eye


Plenary Panel on Collaborations of Mathematics Educators and Mathematicians

James Hamos, National Science Foundation
Rebecca McGraw, University of Arizona
Joe Wagner, Xavier University


Working Group for Research About Novice Teachers of College Mathematics

Natasha Speer and Teri Jo Murphy will lead a working group on Thursday, February 26th (prior to the start of the 2009 RUME conference) to provide a community for educational researchers who are interested in the practices and development of novice teachers of college mathematics.  For more information about the group and how to participate click here.

Information about NSF Proposal Writing Session

Call for Proposals

Click here for proposal submission guidelines.
Deadline November 3rd, 2008.
If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your proposal within a couple days of your submission, please contact the Organizational Director, Michelle Zandieh, at

Conference Proceedings and Award for Best Paper 

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 15, 2009) 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.

One long paper will be selected as the Winner of the Best Paper Award for the 2009 Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. This award carries with it a prize of $200. One additional paper will be awarded Honorable Mention Best Paper Award for the 2009 Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.

In addition, less experienced researchers who write a long paper can also opt to have their paper considered for selection of pre-journal submission review by more experienced researchers. A small number of promising papers will be assigned reviewers. This is a great opportunity for less experienced researchers to increase the likelihood of publication in a top journal.

Conference Hotel Information

Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

The hotel rate is $132 plus tax and fees.

In order to book a room on-line at the $132 rate, go to In the regular reservations box, select stay dates etc. Just below where stay dates are selected, type the following code into the 'Group Code' box: NCSNCSA.


Transportation Information

There are two shuttle services available from the Raleigh-Durham airport to the Raleigh Marriott City Center.  They are:

1) Super Shuttle: .  The shuttle service is $16 one way, $28 round trip, reservations recommended. Please click here for the schedule.

2) Whitehorse:  They do not have set prices, so you would need to call.

Also, taxis run all the time and would be approximately $20-$25.

Parking is available at the Marriott and information can be found by clicking here.


Entertainment Information

There are many restaurants near the Marriott.  In addition, there is a wonderful restaurant and bar at the hotel. Click here for a list of choices.
The Progress Energy Center is a fine arts center.  There are concerts and a ballet on Friday and Saturday night and the center is in walking distance.

Please contact Karen Keene for other information.


Here are some useful links


Registration Information

Early Registration Deadline: February 1, 2009.

        Currently registration is by mail only.  Click here for the registration form.


Registration Cost:

       Early Registration (by February 1, 2009) Graduate Student $225, Faculty $300
       Late Registration (after February 1, 2009) Graduate Student $300, Faculty $375

Program Committee Chairperson

Michelle Zandieh
Chemistry, Physics, and Applied Mathematics         
School of Applied Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University
Polytechnic Campus
Mesa, AZ 85212
480-727-1921 (fax)

Questions regarding the conference program or registration should be directed to Michelle Zandieh while the questions regarding accommodations should be directed to

Conference Planning Committee

Jason Belnap
Brigham Young University

Chris Rasmussen
San Diego State University

Stacey Brown
Pitzer College

Natasha M Speer
University of Maine

Karen Allen Keene (Local Organizer)
North Carolina State University

Joe Wagner
Xavier University

Karen Marrongelle
Portland State University

Michelle Zandieh (Program Chair)
Arizona State University
Vilma Mesa
University of Michigan


Mathematical Association of America
North Carolina State University