|Mathematical Association of America|
Mathematical Association of America headquarters in Washington, D.C.
|Headquarters||1529 18th Street, NW
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is a professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry.
The MAA was founded in 1915 and is headquartered at 1529 18th Street, Northwest in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.. It may be best known as a publisher of technical and popular mathematics journals and books, including the American Mathematical Monthly, established in 1894 by Benjamin Finkel, the most widely-read mathematics journal in the world according to records on JSTOR.
The MAA sponsors the annual summer MathFest and cosponsors with the American Mathematical Society the Joint Mathematics Meeting, held in early January of each year. On occasion the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics joins in these meetings. Twenty-nine regional sections also hold regular meetings.
The MAA has for a long time followed a strict policy of inclusiveness and non-discrimination.
In previous periods it was subject to the same problems of discrimination that were widespread across the United States. One notorious incident at a south-eastern sectional meeting in Nashville in 1951 has been documented by the mathematician and equal rights activist Lee Lorch, who recently received the highest honour of the MAA for distinguished services to mathematics. The citation delivered at the 2007 MAA awards presentation, where Lorch received a standing ovation, recorded that:
Since 1992, the Association also has at least one annual joint meeting with a mathematical association from another nation, most often the Sociedad Matematica Mexicana.
The association publishes multiple journals:
The Association publishes an online resource, Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (Math DL). The service launched in 2001 with the online-only Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications (JOMA) and a set of classroom tools, Digital Classroom Resources. These were followed in 2004 by Convergence, an online-only history magazine, and in 2005 by MAA Reviews, an online book review service, and Classroom Capsules and Notes, a set of classroom notes. 
The MAA sponsors numerous competitions for students, including the Putnam exam for undergraduate students, and the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) for middle- and high-school students. The AMC program also includes the American Invitational Mathematics Examination and the United States of America Mathematics Olympiad. Through this program, outstanding students are identified and invited to participate in the Mathematical Olympiad Program. Ultimately, six high school students are chosen to represent the U.S. at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
The MAA is composed of the following twenty-nine regional sections.
Allegheny Mountain, EPADEL, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Intermountain, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana/Mississippi, MD-DC-VA, Metro New York, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska - SE SD, New Jersey, North Central, Northeastern, Northern CA - NV-HI, Ohio, Oklahoma-Arkansas, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Seaway, Southeastern, Southern CA - NV, Southwestern, Texas, Wisconsin
The MAA distributes many prizes, including the Chauvenet Prize and the Carl B. Allendoerfer, Trevor Evans, Lester R. Ford, George Pólya, Merten M. Hasse, and Henry L. Alder awards.
The MAA is one of four partners in the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM, http://www.jpbm.org/index.html), and participates in the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS, http://www.cbmsweb.org/), an umbrella organization of sixteen professional societies.
A detailed history of the first fifty years of the MAA appears in May (1972). A report on activities prior to World War II appears in Bennet (1967). Further details of its history can be found in Case (1996). In addition numerous regional sections of the MAA have published accounts of their local history.