Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
MAA is an organization devoted to the improvement of the teaching of college mathematics. Carleton College is an institutional member of the MAA. The North Central Section of the MAA holds a spring and a fall meeting each year and many of the papers presented at these meetings are of interest to undergraduates. (The 1995 Spring Meeting was at Carleton.)
Students who are planning a professional career in mathematics may well want to become members of the MAA while they are still in school. Membership application forms and further information are available from the department secretary. Many Carleton staff members have been officers in the MAA or worked on MAA committees, and Gail Nelson is the current governor of the North Central Section of the MAA. The MAA sponsors the famous Putnam Exam that is given each December. The department honors a small number of students each year by nominating them as members of the Association (and paying their dues).
Finally, the MAA publishes the American Mathematical Monthly and Mathematics Magazine, two excellent journals.
American Statistical Association
If you are interested in statistics and its uses you may well find it worthwhile to become a student member of American Statistical Association. More information about it is available from Mrs. Jenkins.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
You should plan to become a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics if you intend to teach in high school or junior high. Once again, Barbara Jenkins has further information.
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
The principal goal of the AMS is to support research in mathematics. The AMS publishes Mathematical Reviews, the Bulletin, the Proceedings, and other research journals and monographs.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
SIAM promotes research and applications of mathematics and scientific computing in scientific and industrial settings.
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
INFORMS promotes operations research and the management sciences