# Mathematical Association of America

The **Mathematical Association of America** (MAA for short) is an association of American mathematicians with an emphasis on mathematics, which is accessible at undergraduate level (i.e. school mathematics, college and high school education, university studies to the first degree).

The beginnings go back to the *American Mathematical Monthly* , founded by Benjamin Finkel in 1894 , which created a medium for mathematics at the undergraduate level. The organization that developed in the years that followed was founded in 1916 and registered as a non-profit organization in Illinois in 1920 . In the beginning it was little more than an association for the publication of the *American Mathematical Monthly* , but the MAA has grown considerably since then and now has more than 27,000 members (as of 2008).

The headquarters of the Mathematical Association of America is 1529 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1385, USA.

The MAA publishes the following mathematical journals:

- American Mathematical Monthly
- Mathematics Magazine
- College Mathematics Journal
- Math Horizons
- MAA FOCUS

It awards various prizes, including the Chauvenet Prize , the Lester Randolph Ford Award , the George Pólya Award , the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award, the David P. Robbins Prize and the Euler Book Prize .

The second major mathematicians' association in the United States is the American Mathematical Society .