Project NExT is a professional development program of
the MAA. The notification date for
Fellows selected to participate in Project NExT in
June 1, 2012.
Information for new Fellows is included in the acceptance email, and
some other questions are addressed below. Also see the
background information about Project
Index: [home] [background] [applications]
<aparna(dot)higgins(at)udayton(dot)edu>, or Gavin LaRose,
<glarose(at)umich(dot)edu>). The registration instructions constitute the definitive document for those issues it addresses. This FAQ is intended for 2012-2013 Fellows.
The Project NExT Workshop begins at 1:30 pm on Monday, July 30. You should plan to arrive on the morning of Monday, July 30. and remain through the afternoon of Saturday, August 4. However, if you are traveling a long distance, you may want to arrive on Sunday, July 29 instead. Note that the workshop schedule is quite full, and you don't want to be exhausted from travel when it starts.
You are expected to stay through Mathfest, whose scientific sessions go until around 6pm on Saturday, August 4. (See Mathfest program.) There are many reasons why we want Project NExT Fellows to stay through Mathfest.
The Mathfest webpage (at MAA online) has all the Mathfest information. You can also find it in the April/May issue of FOCUS (the Newsmagazine of the MAA).
As you've probably noticed, your trip to Madison has two parts: The Project NExT workshop (Monday through Wednesday) and Mathfest (Thursday through Saturday). Your institution pays for transportation to and from Madison, registration for Mathfest, lodging throughout the workshop and Mathfest, and for your expenses during Mathfest. Project NExT pays for some of your meals during the workshop (and, of course, provides the workshop in the first place).
Here are some details:
Lodging: Your institution is responsible for your lodging starting on Monday night (7/30) (or, if you need to arrive the night before that, on Sunday (7/29)) through the end of Mathfest, which ends at around 6pm on Saturday, August 4.
Meals: Project NExT provides THE FOLLOWING meals: dinner on Monday (7/30), lunch and dinner on Tuesday (7/31), and lunch on Wednesday (8/1). Project NExT will also pay for your ticket to the Mathfest Opening Banquet on Wednesday night. (Just sign up for the ticket when you register, and Project NExT will be billed for it.) If you are staying in the dorms, breakfast is included in the cost of the previous night's lodging. Starting with breakfast on Thursday (8/2), your institution is responsible for your meals (and for any meals before dinner on Monday (7/30)).
Your institution is also responsible for your transportation costs and for your Mathfest registration fee [See question #9]. The letter of support that accompanied your application pledged your institution's financial support for your participation in Project NExT activities. You may want to check with your department regarding procedures, forms, or other items that you will need for reimbursement or advances.
Please refer to the information provided by Mathfest for dorm rooms. This web page can also be accessed by going to the MAA's meetings page, going to the Mathfest webpage and then clicking on the link "General Information" and then clicking on "Mathfest Housing."
You can stay in a hotel if you want to do so, but you will have to get from the hotel to campus for the workshop, which begins as early as 8:30 a.m. every day. Also note that the dorm room includes breakfast each morning. If you want to stay in a hotel, you should be sure to check with your institution that they will cover this (more expensive) housing option for you. In addition, because most of the Project NExT Fellows will be staying in the dorms, you may find that to be the best way to better get to know the other Project NExT Fellows and build connections with them.
Mathfest is a summer meeting, and is more casual than the winter meetings. The banquet is certainly not a black-tie event. However, it is a dinner at a professional meeting, and people are dressed accordingly. Most of the men wear long pants and collared shirts, although some wear a jacket and tie. Most of the women wear skirts, dresses, or slacks. Very few people wear shorts and tee-shirts. We advise that you keep in mind that you will meet many mathematicians (other than Project NExT Fellows) at the banquet, and that you are representing your institution.
Yes. You MUST register for Mathfest. Being a Project NExT Fellow requires you to attend Mathfest, and you must register for it. [See also questions #9 and #10.]
Yes. However, there are a few things to note when you register:
You will be assigned to a Project NExT course, which meets both Thursday and Friday (8/2 and 8/3). (You give us a preference ranking for this when you submit your acceptance form.) Some of the Project NExT courses are scheduled for 1-3pm and the others for 3:15-5:15pm. There is a time conflict between some of the MAA minicourses and some of the Project NExT courses. Later this summer, we will post the Project NExT course assignments on the web, and you will be able to see whether any MAA minicourses fit your schedule. If you wish, you can try to add the MAA minicourses to your registration at that time.
The Project NExT workshop sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the Pyle Center, on the University of Wisconsin campus, which is about half a mile from the dorm in which you will be staying if you select that housing option. Breakfast will be in Newell's Dining Room, less than a quarter mile from the dorm and between the dorm and the Pyle Center. The Project NExT courses on Thursday and Friday will be in the Monona Terrace conference center, which is the meeting site for Mathfest. There will be shuttle buses that run between dorm and the Monona Terrace conference center during Mathfest.
If you think that you will be unable to walk this much, please let us know as soon as you can, so that we can help you to arrange transportation. We also want to know if you have some other disability that requires accommodation.
Project NExT does not provide childcare.
Here is some information that may be helpful to you in deciding whether you would want to bring your children to Madison and try to arrange care for them there, or whether you would want to arrange care for your children back home.
Other questions? Please write to Aparna Higgins
Director of Project NExT, or Gavin LaRose
<glarose(at)umich(dot)edu>, one of Project NExT's