Meetings of MAA - Kansas Section

2021 KSMAA Meeting

Assuming it will be safe to travel, current plans are to hold the 2021 KSMAA meeting at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. The dates for the meeting are March 26-27, 2021. A map of the Bethany College campus can be found at .

picture of Prof. Talithia Williams

The invited speaker for the meeting is Dr. Talithia Williams (Polya Lecturer). She is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, author of several books, and TED Talk speaker. More information on Dr. Williams can be found at and .

picture of Prof. Hortensia Soto

The MAA Board visitor will be Dr. Hor-tensia Soto. Dr. Soto is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Northern Colorado. She is the Associate Secretary of the MAA. More information on Dr. Soto can be found at and

More information on the spring KSMAA meeting and a call for contributed papers will be forthcoming.

The 15th Kansas Collegiate Math Competition will be held in conjunction with the meeting. For more information on the competition including questions and solutions from past years, visit

2020 KSMAA Meeting - Cancelled!

The 2020 KSMAA meeting was to be held at Benedictine College on April 3 - 4, 2020 in Atchison, KS. The invited speaker was to be Prof. James A. Sellers, Secretary of the MAA. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing practices, the meeting has been cancelled. The Executive Council has not yet decided if the meeting will be rescheduled.

Registration fees will be refunded to those who already registered. If you have any questions, please contact Nickolas Hein

Thanks to all who had submitted talks and to the people that worked so hard in the planning process, especially meeting host Nick Hein of Benedictine College.

picture of Prof. James A Sellers
Professor Sellers is Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has three Great Courses with The Teaching Company: Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics, High School Algebra I, and High School Algebra II. His website can be found at . Dr. Sellers earned his B.S. in Mathematics from The University of Texas at San Antonio and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Penn State. In the past few years, Professor Sellers has received the Teresa Cohen Mathematics Service Award from the Penn State Department of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America Allegheny Mountain Section Mentoring Award. More than 60 of Professor Sellers's research articles on partitions and related topics have been published in a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals. In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge. Professor Sellers has enjoyed many interactions at the high school and middle school levels. He has served as an instructor of middle-school students in the TexPREP program in San Antonio, Texas. He has also worked with Saxon Publishers on revisions to a number of its high-school textbooks. As a home educator and father of five, he has spoken to various home education organizations about mathematics curricula and teaching issues.

2019 KSMAA Meeting

The 2019 KSMAA meeting was held at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS on March 29-30, 2019. The invited speaker was Dr. Curtis Cooper, retired professor of University of Central Missouri.

Professor Curtis is known for his work with the GIMPS (Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search) project. His wikipedia page can be found at Dr. Curtis spoke on "Niven Numbers and Sudoku Puzzles" on Friday night and "Mersenne Primes and GIMPS" on Saturday.



A positive integer is a Niven number if it is divisible by the sum of its decimal digits. We will discuss some Niven numbers results. In addition, we will discuss solving Sudoku puzzles using structures and strategies.



A Mersenne prime is a prime number of the form 2p -1. We will discuss some of the history of Mersenne primes, the discovery of the 51st Mersenne prime, the Lucas-Lehmer test, and the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS).

The meeting website can be found at .

Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition

The 14th Kansas Collegiate Math Competition was held from 8-11 AM on March 30, 2019, at Pittsburg State University, in conjunction with the 2019 MAA Kansas Section Meeting.

For more information, including past exam questions, please visit

2018 KSMAA Meeting

The 2018 KSMAA meeting was held at the Carlson Center of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS on April 20-21, 2018.

Dr. Matt Boelkins, chair of the Congress of MAA and Mathematics Professor at Grand Valley State University, was the keynote speaker.

The Geometry of Polynomials


In the geometry of polynomials, we seek to understand relationships among certain sets connected to polynomial functions. For example, Marden's Theorem reveals stunning connections between the critical numbers of a cubic polynomial with complex zeros and the inscribed in-ellipse of the triangle whose vertices are the polynomial's zeros.

In this talk, we'll discuss several important historical results from the geometry of polynomials and survey developments in the past 25 years that are centered on polynomial root-dragging, the study of how continuously changing one or more roots of a polynomial function affects various properties of the function. We will encounter some surprising structural results about polynomial functions that deserve to be more well-known and also see beautiful interplay between calculus and Euclidean geometry.

Invited speaker, Dr. Mark Yannotta, Clackamas Community College, presented:

Conventionalizing and Axiomatizing: Mathematical activities that support the transition to more abstract mathematics


The Teaching Abstract Algebra for Understanding (TAAFU) curriculum (Larsen, 2013) is an inquiry-oriented curriculum that has been studied by several researchers at the undergraduate level. The TAAFU curriculum is grounded in the instructional design theory of Realistic Mathematics Education (RME), which places a strong emphasis on two key tenets: 1) mathematics is situated as a dynamic human activity and 2) mathematics must be connected to an experientially-real context. One of the instructional design principles of RME that supports these tenets is called guided reinvention, in which the individual is intended to "invent something that is new to him, but well-known to the guide" (Freudenthal, 1991, p. 48). This talk reports on an enactment of the TAAFU curriculum, in which community college students reinvented the concept of group and were introduced to abstract mathematics through their own activity. One of these activities is conventionalizing, which involves negotiating a set of symbols and representations and establishing procedures for interacting with them. A second activity is descriptive axiomatizing (De Villiers, 1986), which involves formulating and selecting rules in an effort to capture essential properties for a given structure. When enacting the TAAFU curriculum, these activities worked in tandem as students created and refined a list of axioms that described the symmetries of an equilateral triangle.

More meeting information can be found at

2017 KSMAA Meeting

The 2017 KSMAA meeting was held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS on April 28-29, 2017. Dr. Francis Su, past MAA President, was the invited speaker. The meeting webpage can be found at .

2016 KSMAA Meeting

The Department of Mathematics at Fort Hays State University hosted the Spring 2016 MAA Kansas section Meeting on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.

Invited Speaker was:
Dr. Stephen F. Kennedy, Senior Acquisitions Editor, MAA Books, Carleton College


A schedule of events for the 2016 KSMAA meeting can be found here.

2015 KSMAA Meeting

The 2015 KSMAA meeting was held at Fort Scott Community College in Ft. Scott, KS on March 27-28, 2015, hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Science. Dr. Jenna Carpenter, 1st Vice President of the MAA and Wayne and Juanita Spinks Professor of Mathematics, Associate Dean of Administration & Strategic Initiatives, and Director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering at Louisiana Tech University, was the keynote speaker, speaking on "Mentoring Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Mathematics" and "Women in Computing." Dr. Carpenter's webpage can be found at .


Schedule at a Glance

Schedule with Abstracts

2014 KSMAA Meeting

The Department of Mathematics and Economics at Emporia State University hosted the Spring 2014 MAA Kansas sectional Meeting on Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29.

Invited Speakers were:
Dr. Ron Wasserstein, Executive Director of American Statistical Association
Dr. Stephen Kennedy, Carleton College, MAA Senior Acquisitions Editor

More information of the meeting is available on

2013 KSMAA Meeting

The 2013 KSMAA section meeting was Friday (starting at 1 pm) and Saturday, April 19 and 20, 2013 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. The meeting was joint with the Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska/SE South Dakota Sections. Invited speakers included Rick Gilman of Valparaiso University, Judy Walker of University of Nebraska, and Robert L. Devaney of Boston University. More information can be found at the meeting webpage at

2012 KSMAA Meeting

The 2012 KSMAA section meeting was Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, 2012 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.
Keynote speaker (Saturday talk): George Andrews, Penn State, former AMS president (2009-2010) and Polya Lecturer (2007-08 and 2008-09)
Invited speaker (Friday evening reception): Estela Gavosto, KU.

2011 KSMAA Meeting

The 2011 section meeting was held on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, 2011 at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. The invited speaker was MAA Past-President David Bressoud.

More on Past Meetings

For the location of past meetings, along with copies of programs, pictures, and business meeting minutes, visit the KSMAA History page.

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Last update: August 31, 2020

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