Monthly Archives: September 2015

Minutes 9.13.15

Welcome to MASSE 2015-16!
This year’s officers are:
President: Katharine Siemer,
Vice President: Jeff Ciskowski,
Secretary/Webmaster: Melinda Mathews,
Feel free to contact any of us if you have questions or suggestions.

We now have a Facebook page at This is another way to stay updated and get announcements about MASSE news and events.

 *Everyone needs to attend at least one meeting to be an active member of MASSE. If you came on Sunday, congratulations! If not, you need to attend the October meeting if you would like to be included on the MASSE roster for the fall semester.

Future meetings and topics:  *Meetings are at 6:00 pm in VH 1140*
  • October 11: MAE requirements, capstones, conferences, and registration
  • November 15: Teacher panel
Events for the semester:
  • Science on Saturday: Oct. 24 – More information on this at our next meeting.
  • Math and Science Night at Ray Miller Elementary: Thursday, Nov. 12, 6-7 pm
  • Possible bowling and/or movie night: TBD
  • NSTM (National Science Teachers Association) regional conference is Dec. 3-5
    in Kansas City, MO. More information can be found here.
  • MCTM (Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics) conference is Dec. 4-5
    in Columbia, MO.  More information can be found here.

Attending at least one professional conference is a requirement for admission into the MAE program, and these are a great opportunity to learn more about education in your field and get ideas for your classroom. MASSE will work on getting a group together to go to each of these conferences.

An important note: If you are planning to apply to the MAE this year (fall or spring), please email Dr. LaGrassa, (math), or Dr. Pareja, (science). They need to know how many people will be applying. Also, if you haven’t yet visited one of them to go over your academic plan, you should do so at least once a year.


If you are a freshman or new student considering math or science education, contact Joe Milliano at about the new Education Peer Mentor program.


We also received information about the following: 
  • Math tutoring opportunity through MACC in Kirksville: $8.00/hour, contact Artie Fowler for more information at 660-665-0345.
  • Math tutoring opportunity for an upper-level student: Tutoring a middle school-aged son of a faculty member, once a week after school. Contact Dr. LaGrassa
  • Math tutoring/grading opportunity: Tutoring or grading Math 200 for scholarship hours in the spring. You must have received an A or B in Math 200 and have
    completed Linear Algebra. Contact Dr. Garth at
  • The Noyce Scholars program offers generous scholarships to students who plan to teach both math and physics. Students double major in math and physics and get certified to teach both. Contact John Nash at or visit for more information.
  • Society of Physics Students (SPS) meets every other Thursday at 6:00 pm in MG 1000. Their next meeting is this Thursday, Sept. 17.

We look forward to the continued collaboration of math and science students throughout the rest of the semester. Have a great next few weeks!