MAA MathFest brings together students, math educators, industry leaders, and math enthusiasts from across the country every summer. This year, nearly 2,000 attendees will gather in Cincinnati, July 31 - Aug. 3 for engaging content, diverse speakers, and sessions that cover a variety of mathematical topics. If you’re attending MAA MathFest as a student, mark your calendars for these events and follow these tips to ensure that you make the most of your MAA MathFest experience to help your future career!

  1. Make plans to attend the MAA Chan Stanek Lecture for Students. Mohamed Omar of Harvey Mudd College will discuss his secrets to graduate school success. If you have plans to attend, or are even considering graduate school, this is a lecture that you won’t want to miss!

  2. Make plans to connect with the Mathematical Association of America’s community at the MAA Pavilion. Learn more about the MAA, renew your membership or join, and browse the pop-up shop. Throughout the week, the MAA Pavilion will also host a series of special events. All are welcome at these events and be sure you don’t miss the events specifically for students. 

  3. Grab a friend and attend the MAA Ice Cream Social! Enjoy a sweet treat while you catch up with your fellow MAA MathFest student attendees. Awards will also be given to the top students from MAA Student Paper Sessions.

  4. Feeling a bit competitive? Attend Math Jeopardy and the Estimathon! These collaborative events will test some of your math skills in a fun, new way. 

  5. While you’re at MAA MathFest, don’t forget to network! Some of the most valuable experiences you take away from meetings are the connections you make. Set a goal to connect with at least five new contacts who can help you in your future career or academic interests. These contacts can be a fellow student with a common interest, someone who gives you feedback on a paper or poster you present, or someone you connect with during the bustle of MAA MathFest. Establishing these connections, exchanging contact information, and reaching out after the meeting will help you grow your network in an important way. 

Attending MAA MathFest as a student exposes you to a variety of mathematical content and can help you exponentially grow your network as you prepare for a career that uses math. If you haven’t made plans to attend, you can still register for MAA MathFest in Cincinnati, July 31 - Aug. 3.