BU Wheelock Hosts 23rd Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME)

BU Wheelock recently hosted the 23rd Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME). RUME is a Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

The Conference serves as a forum for researchers in collegiate mathematics education to share results of research addressing issues pertinent to the learning and teaching of undergraduate mathematics. It 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.

Plenary sessions at this year’s Conference were led by Dr. Gregory Larnell, Dr. Eric Knuth and Dr. Elise Lockwood. This year’s SIGMAA on RUME Conference set a record with 384 registered attendees from 40 states and 7 countries.

Held at the Revere Hotel Boston Common from February 27th to the 29th, the Conference was helmed by BU Wheelock’s Dr. Samuel Cook, Clinical Assistant Professor for Math Education and Michigan State’s Dr. Shiv Smith Karunakaran, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education.

“This is the Conference that convinced me to switch my line of research to study postsecondary education,” Dr. Cook explains. “So it was very exciting to not only bring the conference to Boston but [to] also bring my [BU Wheelock] colleagues to this conference because it means so much to me.” Dr. Cook also expressed that he hopes to use this first Boston RUME Conference as a way to harness local RUME interest to bring together researchers that can support each other.

At BU Wheelock, Dr. Cook studies inquiry-based learning in undergraduate math classes and statistics education. He also serves as BU Wheelock’s resident statistician and provides support to faculty and doctoral candidates in their research pursuits.

To see what others were saying about RUME, check out the twitter hashtag #RUMEBoston and head to Facebook to view our photo album.