Series Overview

The DIMACS Modules Series in Discrete Mathematics (dm) and Theoretical Computer Science (tcs) is part of an initiative in undergraduate and high school education.

The modules in the series will be self-contained text and problem material that can be used for one or more class meetings in an undergraduate or high school course. The idea is to make recent advances in dm/tcs known to students in a timely manner. The modules will state their topics carefully and pinpoint particular theorems and lots of examples (perhaps of special cases) for which proofs/algorithms can be given and exercises written that students can solve. There will also be pointers to more extensive results and open questions. The modules will be somewhat like the UMAP Modules published over the last 25 years by COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications Project, and widely used, but DIMACS modules will be related to the Special Foci and the many outreach activities at the center.

They will all be available electronically, and some may be interactive. We will also consider shorter modules, called Gems. A Gem is intended to be a short, two or three page introduction to a narrowly defined topic or a specific problem. They could be useful for students looking for projects or papers. The included references should lead people to sources for additional background material. Gems might also include interesting applications, examples, or background material for research work that is presented in a non-standard way. These Gems will appear in a special web page called "Module Gems", and will be given the same careful attention as those in the regular modules series.

Our hope is to eventually bundle selected modules into a volume that will be co-published by organizations such as AMS, MAA, SIAM, NCTM, and NSTA. Modules are currently available electronically without charge, and in hard copy at cost.

Modules will be aimed at both upper and lower level undergraduate and high school courses. There are two year college faculty on the editorial board of the series to help develop modules aimed at two year college courses.

Editorial Board

The modules editorial board has a chief editor, seven associate editors, and other board members. Here is a list of board members:

Managing Editor: Margaret Cozzens, DIMACS, Rutgers University

Associate Editors:
Midge Cozzens, DIMACS, Rutgers University
Susanna Epp, DePaul University
Melvin Janowitz, DIMACS, Rutgers University
Brenda Latka, DIMACS, Rutgers University
Rochelle Leibowitz, Wheaton College
Joseph Malkevitch, York College (CUNY)
Stephen Maurer, Swarthmore
Catherine McGeoch, Amherst College
Joseph Rosenstein, Rutgers University
William Steiger, Rutgers University
Board Members:
Adam Buchsbaum, AT&T Labs
Nina Fefferman, DIMACS
Martin Farach-Colton, Rutgers
Ronald Graham, UC San Diego
Philip Hanlon, Michigan
Robert Hochberg, East Carolina University
Glenn Hurlbert, Arizona State
Nancy Maulding, Raritan Valley Community College
Joseph O'Rourke, Smith
Warren Page, New York City Technical College, CUNY
Janet Ray, Seattle Central Community College
Fred S. Roberts, Rutgers
Sharon Cutler Ross, DeKalb College
Robert Sedgewick, Princeton
Philip Straffin, Beloit
Barry Tesman, Dickinson
Douglas West, Illinois

Contact Information

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How to Submit a Module

Manuscripts may be submitted in latex, tex, Microsoft Word, or as a pdf file. We strongly urge you to start with a brief description of your plans for a module before you write it. That way you can get some feedback from the editorial board in advance. We will acknowledge receipt of any submission and a preliminary evaluation will be made of your manuscript. Selected manuscripts will then be assigned to an Editorial Board Member for further evaluation and possible revsion.
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Document last modified on February 2, 2009.