National Convention Announcement
The Thirty-Eighth Biennial Convention of Kappa Mu Epsilon
The Thirty-Eighth Biennial Convention of Kappa Mu Epsilon will be held April 14-16, 2011, on the campus of Harris Stowe State University, home of Missouri Mu Chapter, in St. Louis, Missouri. KME President-Elect Rhonda McKee([email protected]) will send additional details to chapters in the fall. Each attending chapter will receive the usual travel expense ($.35/mile) reimbursement from the national office as described in Article VI, Section 2, of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Constitution.
A significant feature of our national convention is presentations by student members of Kappa Mu Epsilon. The mathematical topic selected by each student should be of interest to the author and of such scope that it can be given adequate treatment in a timed oral presentation. Senior projects and seminar presentations have been a popular way for faculty to get students to investigate suitable topics. Student talks to be presented at the convention will be chosen prior to the convention by the Selection Committee on the basis of the materials submitted. At the convention, the Awards Committee will judge the selected talks on both content and presentation, and the top four papers will receive an award.
Who may submit a paper?
Any undergraduate student member of Kappa Mu Epsilon may submit an abstract for consideration as a talk at the national convention. Presentations may be coauthored.
Presentations at the convention should discuss material understandable by undergraduate students. The Selection Committee will favor abstracts that satisfy this criterion and which can be presented with reasonable completeness within the time allotted. Presentations may be original research by the student(s) or exposition of interesting but not widely known results. Presenters should always cite authors if presenting exposition of known results.
Presentation Time Limits
The time frame for presentations at the convention is 15 to 20 minutes.
How to Submit an Abstract
Students who wish to make a presentation at the national convention should submit an abstract of up to 500 words explaining the nature of the presentation and indicating the results. The abstract should be accompanied by a cover sheet and a letter from the student's project advisor. The cover sheet should include a statement from the corresponding secretary of the student's KME chapter, certifying the student's membership in KME. The letter from the project advisor should include a statement certifying that the student is doing the work specified in the abstract and the advisor's belief that the student will have a fully prepared presentation by the time of the convention.
Please send the cover sheet, abstract and advisor letter by electronic mail to:
Dr. Rhonda McKee, KME President-Elect
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Central Missouri
Selection of Papers for Presentation
A Selection Committee will review the abstracts submitted and will choose approximately fifteen papers to be judged for awards at the convention. The President-Elect will notify all authors of the status of their submissions after the Selection Committee has completed its deliberations.
Judging criteria include
All presenters at the convention will be given two-year extensions of their subscription to The Pentagon. Authors of the four best presentations, as decided by the Awards Committee, will each receive a cash prize.
- Choice and originality of topic
- Literature sources and references
- Depth, significance, and correctness of content
- Clarity and organization of materials
- Adherence to time constraints
- Effective use of graphs and/or visual aids
- Overall effect
A presenter who has not prepared a formal written paper by the time of the convention is encouraged to do so soon after the convention, so that the paper can be submitted for possible publication in The Pentagon. Unless published elsewhere, papers prepared from the prize-winning presentations will be published in The Pentagon after any necessary revisions have been completed. All other papers will be considered for publication. The editor of The Pentagon will contact each author during or soon after the convention to review his or her presentation and discuss requirements for publication.
To have a paper considered for publication, prepare it as a Microsoft Word document or .tex file, and include it as an attachment to an e-mail to the editor at [email protected] The electronic copy of the paper will be sent to a referee who will prepare an anonymous report. If the referee recommends publication and space is available, the paper will be published in one of the next several issues.