BU Wheelock to Host 2020 SIGMAA on RUME Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
Dr. Sam Cook, Clinical Associate Professor in BU Wheelock’s Mathematics Education program, is the local organizer for this coming year’s Conference. Dr. Shiv Smith Karunakaran, Assistant Professor in the Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME) and the Department of Mathematics at Michigan State University, is the conference’s organizational director; he and a program committee of peers have supported Dr. Cook’s efforts to bring this conference to Boston University.
The Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME) will hold it’s 2020 Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics from February 27 through 29 in Boston. BU Wheelock will serve as the conference host, with Dr. Sam Cook serving as local organizer.
Per the conference website, 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.” Three themes provide the conference’s organizational structure:
- Results of current research
- Contemporary theoretical perspectives and research paradigms
- Innovative methodologies and analytic approaches as they pertain to the study of undergraduate mathematics education
Conference sessions will take place at the Revere Hotel Boston Common (200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA). They will include plenary addresses, contributed and preliminary paper sessions, and a poster session. SIGMAA on RUME individual members are encouraged to make their paper submissions before 11:59 pm PST on August 30; poster submissions must be completed by 11:59 pm PST on November 22. Working group submissions much be completed by 11:59 pm PST on September 2.
Dr. Cook is a SIGMA on RUME member and past conference presenter (“Divergent definitions of inquiry-based learning in undergraduate mathematics,” at the 2016 conference in Pittsburgh). When SIGMAA on RUME leadership sought a host for the upcoming 2020 conference, Dr. Cook, with support from Dean David Chard, proposed BU Wheelock. Once SIGMAA on RUME leadership agreed, Dr. Cook began working with staff and faculty to begin the necessary organizational work.
“The RUME community is the one that welcomed me into Education research with open arms,” says Dr. Cook. “I am happy to give back to them by helping put on their year’s signature event. It is a conference I look forward to with a huge variety of talks and a group of friendly welcoming people.”
For more details about the SIGMAA on RUME 2020 Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics, visit their website.