Joint Meeting

Southeastern Section MAA
SIAM Southeast Atlantic Section

March 21-22, 2003

Brackett Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, SC

 Meeting Announcement
 Plenary Speakers
 Contributed Papers and Special Sessions
 Undergraduate Poster Session
 Undergraduate Jeopardy Competition
 Project NExT
 Short Courses
 TA Rush
 Social Events
 Registration Information
 Hotel Information
 Full Announcement in PDF (Printable)
 Final Program in PDF (Printable)
 Parking Suggestions/Local Map in PDF (Printable)


The eighty-second annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America and the twenty-seventh annual meeting SIAM Southeast Atlantic Section will be held together on Friday afternoon, March 21 and Saturday morning and afternoon, March 22, 2003.  Both pre-registration and on-site registration will be available for all MAA and SIAM members, entitling everyone who is registered to attend all talks Friday and Saturday, with the exception of Friday morning short courses for which there is a separate pre-registration.



Both research and expository papers in the areas of mathematics, (pure, industrial and applied), the teaching of mathematics, and mathematics education are solicited for the program. Titles and abstracts should be sent to Chris Cox, (0-106 Martin Hall, Box 340975, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 29634-0975, or and must be received no later than January 31, 2003. Please indicate the general mathematical area of the paper on the abstract. For contributed papers, twenty minutes total are allowed for the presentation of each paper. Contributed paper sessions for presentations by students, graduate or undergraduate, will be specially designated as well. Please indicate if it is a student paper. Anyone interested in organizing a special session on a specific topic should send a title and description of the special session, by January 13th, to Mark Cawood, (0-106 Martin Hall, Box 340975, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 29634-0975, or


This session features results of research by undergraduate students. Students are encouraged to present their research from academic-year work or from summer research projects. Students will be expected to be available for one hour at the poster session to discuss their research with interested persons. When submitting the abstract electronically indicate for the general mathematical area a student poster. Questions or suggestions are welcomed by Robert L. Bernhardt, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353, phone: (252) 328-4109, email:


SIAM-SEAS will again (as in 2001) sponsor a Jeopardy Contest for undergraduate students (organized by Michael Berry, UTK). Undergraduate students will compete in teams of three or four students. The competition will be limited to the first 8 schools that register. Each team will be required---in the spirit of the popular TV game show---to provide questions to answers about topics in calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and computer science. Trophies will be presented, and SIAM may be able to provide funds to each participating school to offset student travel costs. To register a team, contact Michael Berry at


Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a national program for new or recent Ph.D.'s in the mathematical sciences interested in improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. Project NExT-SE is the
MAA Southeastern Section's version of the program. The current class of NExT-SE fellows will hold its sessions on March 20-21, just prior to the beginning of the regular meeting. The next new class of Project NExT-SE fellows will begin in the spring of 2004. For information, contact John Harris ( or Greg Rhoads (


Six Short Courses will be offered Friday morning from 8:30 - 11:30.

Short Course descriptions and printable reservation form available here.


T.A. Rush provides an opportunity for students to meet with representatives of graduate programs. If your institution wishes to participate and to be listed in the program as a part of T.A. Rush, notify Doug Shier, Clemson University, phone: (864) 656-1100, email: by January 31, 2003. This event is scheduled for 11:15-12:45 on Friday in conjunction with a pizza lunch for students. There is a $25 fee for each participating graduate institution.


Coffee and doughnuts will be available during breaks throughout the meeting.

A barbecue & chicken dinner will be held Friday evening at the Clemson House, within walking distance of the meeting site, after the awards presentation. See the map at for directions. Additional restaurants in the Clemson area are listed at

MAA is sponsoring a Celebrity Jeopardy contest (with faculty contestants) immediately following dinner. Anyone interested in helping with this event should contact Theresa Early,


The fee structure is:

                    $25 registration fee for faculty ($30 after March 1)
                    $5 registration fee for students and emeritus faculty
                    $15 registration fee for high school teachers (high school students may attend at no cost)
                    $10 for Friday evening dinner (optional)
                    $8 for Saturday boxed lunch (optional)

Printable pre-registration form available here.

This joint meeting will have a full program. The program will be available around February 15th at the meeting web site. Most of the sessions will be held in Brackett Hall (found on the campus map at


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel of their choice. Blocks of rooms have been reserved (until February 27th) at $64 at the three properties listed below for the nights specified. Please cite the group name MAA/SIAM Math Conference when making a reservation. Accommodations have varying cancellation or early checkout penalties; be sure to ask details when making your reservation. Contact information for these and other area accommodations is provided on the web page

The MAA and SIAM are not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations.

Motels with Rooms Blocked for the Conference:

        Days Inn (26 rooms blocked Friday)
        Comfort Inn, Clemson (25 rooms blocked Thursday and 91 rooms Friday)
        Ramada Inn, Clemson (75 rooms blocked Thursday night and Friday night)
        Sleep Inn, Clemson (25 rooms blocked Friday)


Directions to Clemson are available at the website