MUMS Frequently Asked Questions


Where is MUMS held and how do I get there?

The symposium is held in the Kent Campus Center at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Click here for maps and directions to the Indianola campus. The Kent Campus Center is just south of West Girard Avenue between North D Street and North C Ctreet.

Is there funding available for student travel?

Travel stipends are available for all students. The $1350 in total travel funding for MUMS 2017 is provided by the Simpson College Mathematics Department. We encourage students to first seek full or partial reimbursement for travel expenses from their home institutions. If you are a student, talk with a professor from your school about the availability of travel funds. MUMS travel stipends are only awarded when home institutions are unable to cover the full travel costs for students. For more information and to request funding, go to MUMS Travel Stipends.

What does the Kent Campus Center look like?

Kent Campus Center

Click on the picture above for more information about the Kent Campus Center.

Where can I park my car?

Visitors can park for free in any campus lot because the symposium starts Friday evening and concludes Saturday afternoon. Free parking is also available on the city streets around campus.

Where can I stay?

There are two hotels in Indianola and several hotels on the south and east sides of Des Moines that are within an easy 20-minute drive of Simpson College.  Some options are listed below.

  • Quality Inn - 1701 N Jefferson Way, Indianola
  • Apple Tree Inn - 1215 North Jefferson Way, Indianola
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Des Moines Airport - 6800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Des Moines Airport - 6880 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
  • Hampton Inn Des Moines Airport - 5001 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
  • Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport - 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
  • Sleep Inn & Suites - 5850 Morning Star Court, Pleasant Hill


What kind of presentation equipment is available for talks?

All of the presentation rooms are equipped with a laptop computer connected to a projector. The laptops have a typical Windows setup with Microsoft Office. The projectors have VGA cords, so make sure to bring your own connector if you want to use your Apple product or if your laptop only has an HDMI output.

Can I borrow a poster board?

Yes; tri-fold poster boards are available for poster presenters.  The black foam boards measure 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide and they can accommodate at most 16 sheets of paper.