# Mathematical Association of America

The Department of Mathematics sponsors a student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The MAA is the world's largest professional society that focuses on undergraduate mathematics education. The purpose of the SBU Student Chapter of the MAA is to create and support opportunities for St. Bonaventure students to enjoy and explore the world of mathematics. Our Student Chapter sponsors talks, mathematically-themed movies & pizza, Integral Day, Pi Day, and other occasions of mathematical import. For a list of types of events sponsored by our Student Chapter, scroll to the bottom of this page.

The Department of Mathematics will pay for the membership of any student who wants to be a member of the MAA, during the years that he or she attends SBU. For further details, see **Becoming a Member**, below.

The faculty organizers of the SBU MAA Student Chapter are Dr. Chris Hill (chill@sbu.edu) and Dr. Chris Leary (chleary@sbu.edu).

The MAA has 29 sections, which are defined by ZIP or postal code. The SBU MAA Student Chapter belongs to the Seaway Section, which includes parts of Ontario, Quebec, and New York. The Seaway Section has two annual professional meetings—one in the spring and one in the fall. The Section's newsletter is The Seaway Current.

### Becoming a Member

The Department of Mathematics will pay for the membership of any student who wants to be a member of the MAA, during the years that he or she attends SBU. An SBU student may obtain a new or renewed membership in the MAA at our Student Chapter's annual organizational meeting, which is typically held around mid-September.

An undergraduate student's membership includes online subscriptions to the superb MAA journals *Math Horizons*, *Mathematics Magazine*, and *The College* *Mathematics Journal,* as well as an online subscription to the *MAA Focus* newsletter.

Questions about the MAA Student Chapter may be directed to its organizers, Dr. Chris Hill (chill@sbu.edu) and Dr. Chris Leary (chleary@sbu.edu).

### Events Sponsored by the SBU MAA Student Chapter

**Annual Events**- Fall Organizational Meeting: At this meeting, typically held in mid-September, students can sign up for a *free* new or renewed membership in the MAA.
- Integral Day: On October 29 (or the nearest weekday), we celebrate Gottfried Leibniz's invention of the modern integral sign. Leibniz first wrote the symbol in an unpublished manuscript on October 29, 1675. The celebration includes cookies & cider, an integral graffiti display, and an integral contest.
- Pre-finals Study Break: Just prior to the start of the fall semester finals week, the Department of Mathematics hosts a study break for students and profs. The event always features a fun, hands-on, math-related activity, such as making dodecahedral calendars, making paper airplanes that really fly, solving disentanglement puzzles, and building Zometool structures. Refreshments, in the form of pizza and soda, are served.
- Pi Day: On March 14 (or the nearest weekday), the Department of Mathematics celebrates the important and mysterious number pi. March is the 3rd month, so the date corresponds to 3.14, a famous approximation for pi. The entire campus is invited. Our celebration includes pie, pi-ounce bags of m&ms, finding visitors' birthdays in the digits of pi, a pi costume contest, and a display featuring 120821 digits of pi.

**Talks**- Student Senior Comprehensive Project talks: In the spring semester, each senior math major gives a presentation based on the paper that they've written under the guidance of a math faculty member. Each project relates to, but goes beyond the usual scope of, a 300- or 400-level math course.
- Special talks, such as Dr. Hill's talk on Mochizuki's possible proof of the
*abc*Conjecture and Dan Winger's ('13) talk on the infinite sequence of infinities.

**Special Events**- Movies and programs, such as the films "Pi" and "Proof" and the NOVA programs "The Trillion Dollar Bet" and "The Proof".