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Sessions for Graduate Students


What’s the Story? Research Presentations for an Undergraduate Audience

Thursday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Tower Court D, Tower Building


Presenting research to undergraduate students is rewarding, but challenging. The gory details of mathematical results often require specific jargon and background knowledge. Nonetheless, the big idea-the “story”-can almost always be presented at a variety of levels. This workshop is designed to help graduate students formulate a presentation on their research that is appropriate for an audience of undergraduate students.

Organizer: May Mei, Denison University

Sponsor: MAA Committee on Graduate Students


Speed Interviewing Marathon for Students

Thursday, August 2, 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m., Tower Court D, Tower Building


Employers suggest communication skills are a critical component of job interviews. This session for undergraduate students, graduate students and early career mathematicians helps participants hone these skills, with best practices and tips on job interviewing and three speed interviewing sessions to practice what participants have learned. Sessions include individual feedback for participants and opportunities to network with fellow interviewees.

Jenna Carpenter, Campbell University
Edray Goins, Purdue University

Sponsor: MAA Committee on Graduate Students


Panel Session

How to Apply for Jobs in Academia and Industry after Your PhD

Thursday, August 2, 4:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., Plaza Ballroom F, Plaza Building


This session is aimed at graduate students and recent PhDs. An overview of the employment process will be given with ample opportunity for participants to ask questions. Questions that will be addressed include: How do you find which jobs are available? How do you choose which jobs you want to apply for? What are academic and other employers looking for in the materials that you send? How should you tailor your application materials for the job that you are applying for? How do schools conduct interviews?

Edray Goins, Purdue University
Eric Eager, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

James Curry, University of Colorado at Boulder
Katy Nowak, Pacific Northwest National Lab
Joanne Peeples, El Paso Community College
John Rock, Cal Poly Pomona

Sponsors: The MAA Committee on Graduate Students and the MAA Committee on Early Career Mathematicians.


Social Event

Graduate Student Reception

Thursday, August 2, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Windows Room, Tower Building


Graduate students are invited for some refreshments and to meet several of the invited speakers.

Edray Goins, Purdue University
Eric Eager, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse



Nonacademic Career Paths for Undergraduate Mathematics Majors

Friday, August 3, 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m., Plaza Ballroom F, Plaza Building


You’re about to earn a degree in mathematics. Now what? You may be surprised to know that teaching isn’t your only option; in the “real world,” mathematical knowledge is a valued commodity, and there are many interesting job opportunities for mathematicians in nonacademic settings. Whether you are a mathematics student looking for a job once you graduate or an advisor looking for advice to give to future job-seeking students, this session will help you gain new perspectives on nonacademic career experiences and what employers value in their employees. Panelists will share their paths to their current positions and offer advice to others looking for employment in similar venues.

Pamela Richardson, Westminster College
Violeta Vasilevska, Utah Valley University

Erin Valenti Bawa, Monticello Associates
Stephanie Fitchett, Transamerica
Emilie Purvine, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Tyler Rust, Fast Enterprises


Poster Session

PosterFest 2018: Scholarship by Early Career Mathematicians

Friday, August 3, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Plaza Exhibit Hall, Plaza Building


This poster session will allow early career mathematicians, including untenured faculty and graduate students, to present and discuss their scholarly activities with other attendees in an informal atmosphere. Examples of scholarly activities suitable for this poster session include expository work, preliminary reports, scholarship of teaching and learning, and research reports.

Eric A. Eager, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Lisa Driskell, Colorado Mesa University

MAA Committee on Early Career Mathematicians
Young Mathematicians Network
Project NExT


Graduate Student Paper Session

Great Talks for a General Audience: Coached Presentations by Graduate Students

Saturday, August 4, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Governor's Square 9 & 10, Plaza Building


In this session graduate students give talks aimed at an undergraduate audience. Both the talks and abstracts should be designed to excite a wide range of undergraduates about mathematics.

Jim H. Freeman, Cornell College
May Mei, Denison University
Ranjan Rohatgi, Saint Mary's College
Aliza Steurer, Dominican University

Sponsor: MAA Committee on Graduate Students