Mathematics Speakers Bureau


The Mathematics Speakers Bureau (MSB) is composed of dedicated mathematicians who volunteer to speak to students and faculty of regional middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities on topics reaching beyond the traditional mathematics curriculum. The primary goals of the Mathematics Speakers Bureau are to stimulate the interests of local youth in mathematics, provide opportunities for students to meet active and enthusiastic mathematicians, motivate students towards careers in the mathematical sciences, and encourage cooperation between corporate and academic institutions in the mathematical education of area youth. Volunteers provide information about talks they are willing to give and the Bureau, in turn, advertises these talks to the faculty of local area schools. Schools contact speaker volunteers directly to make specific arrangements for a visit. Volunteers determine the number of presentations they give in any given academic year and always maintain the right to refuse a school invitation for any reason.


Click here to see the current listing of available Bureau speakers and descriptions of their talks.


Volunteering to be a speaker in the Bureau for the current academic year is easy. Simply complete the Personal Contact and Proposed Lecture Information portions of the volunteer form and send or email the completed form to the Bureau Director.


At its annual meeting in April, 1958, the Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America approved the formation of the Mathematics Speakers Bureau. The original charge of the bureau was to assist secondary school and college staffs in motivating able students towards careers in mathematics.


Currently the Bureau is directed by Abraham S. Mantell, Professor of Mathematics at Nassau Community College (SUNY), who welcomes questions, comments and suggestions as to ways to make the Bureau a more valued resource for the greater metropolitan New York community.