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Sessions for Graduate Students

Panel Session

Living Proof: Stories of Struggle and Resilience on the Path to Becoming a Mathematician

Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 263

Description

As mathematicians we know that struggle finds us all. There are the usual difficulties with content, but many of colleagues face more subversive trials. Struggling with mathematics is part of the journey, but it should not be soul-crushing, nor should it involve gender, race, sexuality, upbringing, culture, socio-economic status, educational background, or any other attribute. Over the past year, the panelists have collected short stories from all corners of the mathematical community. These stories are written to inspire current students across the country as they face individual struggles and will be published as a joint project by the MAA and AMS. This session will provide a chance for the panelists to discuss how the project started and evolved, the process of soliciting pieces, how to get copies of the collection, and then open it up to a Question & Answer session on struggle and resilience in our discipline.

Organizers:
Emille Lawrence, University of San Francisco
Matthew Pons, North Central College
David Taylor, Roanoke College
Allison Henrich, Seattle University

Panelists:
Emille Lawrence, University of San Francisco
Matthew Pons, North Central College
Hortensia Soto, University of Northern Colorado
David Taylor, Roanoke College
Pamela Harris, Williams College

 

Other Mathematical Session

Speed Interview Marathon for Graduate Students

Thursday, August 1, 4:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 205

Description

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.

Organizers
Edray Goins, Pomona College
Jenna Carpenter, Campbell University

Sponsor: MAA Committee on Graduate Students

 

Panel Session

Career Paths in Business, Industry, and Government

Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 263

Description

You’re about to earn a degree in mathematics. Now what? You may be surprised to know that teaching isn’t your only option. Mathematical knowledge is a valued commodity, and there are many interesting job opportunities for mathematicians that don’t necessarily involve teaching. 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 career experiences in business, industry, and government 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 fields.

Organizer:
Emille D. Lawrence, University of San Francisco
David Stone, Georgia Southern University
Jeb Collins, University of Mary Washington
Aihua Li, Montclair State University

Panelists:
Richard Uber, Air Force Institute of Technology
Ryan Snyder, State Auto Insurance Companies
Mary Sefcik, Cleveland Clinic
Deming Zhuang, Citi Group

Sponsor:
MAA Committee on Undergraduate Students (CUSA)
MAA Committee on Business, Industry, and Government Mathematics (BIG)

 

Poster Session

PosterFest 2019: Scholarship by Early Career Mathematicians

Friday, August 2, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Grand Ballroom B

Description

This poster session and networking event allows early career mathematicians to present and discuss their scholarly activities with senior mathematicians in an informal atmosphere. Untenured faculty and graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Examples of scholarly activities suitable for this poster session include expository work, preliminary reports, scholarship of teaching and learning, and research reports. Please note that undergraduate submissions will not be accepted. Alternate opportunities for undergraduate students are available and can be found on the conference website. Questions regarding this session should be sent to the organizers.

Organizers:
Lisa Driskell, Colorado Mesa University
Holly Attenborough, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Sponsors:
The MAA Committee on Early Career Mathematicians (ECM)
MAA Committee on Graduate Students
Young Mathematicians Network
MAA Project NExT

 

Panel Session

Building a Community of Practice to Prepare Graduate Students to Teach Undergraduate Mathematics

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 263

Description

College Mathematics Instructors Development Source (CoMInDS) is an NSF funded MAA project whose purpose is to provide resources for faculty who are preparing graduate students teach undergraduate mathematics (TAPD). In order to serve those faculty, CoMInDS goals include:establishing a professional community of practice for providers of TAPD;offering professional development and resources for TAPD;developing an online resource suite of TAPD instructional materials and research. The MAA's Higher Logic platform is a general tool for community building within the MAA membership and beyond. Its essential functionality is centered around the sharing of resources and the support of conversations around them. In this panel, we will show how CoMInDS is using MAA's new community platform for communication and resource-sharing to support for PD for CMI’s. The panel will consist of 4 presentations: an overview of MAA's new online platform for building communities;a tour of how to use the resource suite of instructional materials related PD for CMIs;a description of how you can contribute resources to the suite;a discussion of how we are using the new platform to build an online community of practice for providers of PD for CMIs.

Organizer:
Jack Bookman, Duke University

Panelists:
Doug Ensley, Shippensburg University
Teri J Murphy, University of Cincinnati
Jack Bookman, Duke University
Emily Braley, Harvard University

 

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

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Junior Ballroom D

Description

While graduate students gain experience speaking about their research to experts in their field, many do not have the opportunity to speak to non-experts. This session gives graduate students the chance to give a 20-minute talk, similar to one they might give during a job interview (but not necessarily), aimed at an undergraduate audience who has had only calculus and possibly some linear algebra. Both the talks and abstracts should be designed to excite a wide range of undergraduates about mathematics. Participants will work with session organizers and mentors throughout the entire process. Before MathFest, participants will receive feedback on their abstracts from the organizers. On the first day of MathFest, participants should attend the graduate student workshop, “What’s the Story?,” that gives guidance on creating such talks. Optional Q&A sessions with the organizers will also be offered, where participants can receive feedback as they prepare their presentations. After they give their talk at the “Great Talks” session, participants will meet with an established faculty member and an undergraduate student to receive private feedback. Session organizers welcome questions about preparing abstracts or talks.

Organizers
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

 
Year: 
2019

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