The SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education

presents its Seventeenth Annual

Conference on Research in

Undergraduate Mathematics Education

February 27 - March 1, 2014 | Denver, CO

Submission Guidelines

Conference proposal submission for CRUME 2014 is closed!

Working Group Submission Guidelines

(For pdf version of submission guidelines click here . For the working group proposal template click here )

Working groups are formal or informal groups of individuals working together to pursue or support research in a particular area or topic of interest. Since 2009, the SIGMAA on RUME has encouraged networking, mentoring, and research collaboration by hosting working groups and supporting the development of new working groups at the annual RUME conference.

RUME hosts both new and ongoing working groups by providing pre-conference meeting space and time slots. Hosted working groups will be provided with a room, A/V equipment, and mid-morning refreshments for their meeting on Thursday, 27 February 2014, from 8:00 am – noon (additional time might be available during the conference if requested).

Each working group is considered independent from the RUME organization. Therefore, RUME takes no responsibility for the leadership structure and ongoing activities of any such group. Each is responsible for its own goals, duration, scope, activities, and organizational structure. Therefore at its own prerogative, a group may meet for a single event or conduct longitudinal work. Questions regarding involvement in an existing working group should be directed to that group’s organizers.

It is anticipated that working groups hosted by RUME provide a unique opportunity not met by the regular conference presentations. While differing in area of focus and interest, each working group should work to accomplish the following goals:

    1. Increase, strengthen, and expand research efforts in the particular area of interest.
    2. Foster networking by creating or enabling research collaborations.
    3. Be open and accessible to new members, providing mentoring opportunities for new or transitioning researchers.
In these ways, working groups are expected to provide a unique opportunity for involvement and growth that is not met by regular conference sessions.

Working group slots at the annual RUME conference are limited by considering funding, space, and community support/interest—working group proposals have increased over the years. Individuals or groups interested in having a working group slot at the RUME conference are encouraged to submit a working group proposal, as outlined in this document’s Conference Submission Requirements .

Working group organizers are responsible for planning, organizing, and facilitating their sessions so that they meet the specified goals as well as providing required post-conference reports. Throughout the planning, facilitating, and reporting process, organizers are also responsible for: a) ensuring participants professionally benefit from participation, and b) protecting participants by guarding against plagiarism.

Conference Submission Requirements:

  • Group Proposal: Complete and submit the application 2014RUME-WkGpProp (as a Word document) by
                                         Fri., 20 Sep. 2013.

  • Conference Reports: After the conference, submit the following (as .pdf files) by Fri, 28 March 2014:

      Participant Report: An Excel sheet providing each participant’s name, email address, and role(s) during the working group (i.e. facilitator, presenter, participant, observer).

      Proceedings Report: A 3-7-page report for the conference proceedings, summarizing the work done or findings presented during the session. Appropriate citations and credit should be provided in these reports to avoid plagiarism.

    All files should be sent as attachments by email to, with the subject line: RUME 2014 Working Group . Please keep other questions, queries, and correspondence separate from e-mail submissions.

    Reviewing Guidelines:

    All complete proposals received by the deadline will receive full consideration. The review process will proceed as follows:

      1. Each proposal will undergo an initial, cursory review to assure that it is appropriate the working group venue (i.e. the plans meet the goals and expectations of a RUME working group) and that it is pertinent to the RUME conference.
      2. Appropriate proposals will then be presented for community support. The proposal’s abstract and description will be posted as a potential working group. Support and interest will be solicited and collected from the RUME community for a specified period of time.
      3. Proposals will be grouped, reviewed, and ranked within two categories using the following criteria:

      • Proposals for New Working Groups: will be evaluated and ranked based on: a) the clarity and plausibility of its plans with regard to each of the working group goals, and b) the interest and support provided by the RUME community.

      • Proposals for Returning Working Groups: will be evaluated and ranked based on the criteria for new working groups and the following additional criteria: c) tangible outcomes of the group’s research work, d) ongoing networking, mentoring, and opportunities for collaboration created by the group, and e) persistence or expansion of group involvement and membership.

      4. Based on available space and community interest, the top proposals from these two categories will be hosted at the upcoming RUME conference.

    RUME XVI Conference Proceedings

    All non-blinded, accepted preliminary, contributed, and theoretical research reports will appear in the RUME XVI Conference Proceedings, as the RUME XVI Conference Reports.

    Proposal Review Process
    Proposals must address an issue relevant to RUME, address considerations as outlined in the Proposal Submission guidelines (above), and be well-written. Proposal reviewers will be asked to rate proposals according to the following considerations:

    • 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?

    All proposals will be reviewed by at least 3 reviewers . Acceptance and declination decisions for each proposal will be made by the RUME XVI Conference Planning Committee and will be based on the reviewers’ recommendations. The final program will consist of a blend of contributed talks and preliminary report presentations (see below for long paper submission!).

    RUME 2014
    Conference Proceedings and Best Paper Award

    All authors who present at the 2014 conference will have the option of submitting a 15-page paper for publication in the RUME Conference Proceedings. All long papers will be reviewed by 2-3 reviewers and considered for the best paper award. All long papers must follow the long paper formatting guidelines.


    Long papers will be reviewed according criteria:

    • 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?

    To submit a long paper:

    • Go to:
    • Log into EasyChair. Note: You will need to use the login name and password, you used before to submit your proposal.
    • Click “new submission” in the header
    • Enter the title and other information for the paper
    • Select “Proceedings Long Paper” for the paper category.
    • Upload either a .doc or .docx version of your paper. (Do not upload a .pdf file)

    Submission of a long paper is not required of participants but is strongly encouraged. Acceptance to the RUME Conference Proceedings is dependent upon reviewers’ recommendations. All long papers are due Friday, March 21, 2014.


    Questions regarding long papers should be emailed to Tim Fukawa-Connelly, the Chair of the Program Committee, at