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Sessions for Graduate Students

Panel Session

Career Paths in Business, Industry, and Government

Thursday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 202B


You’re about to earn a degree in mathematics. Now what? You may already know that teaching isn’t your only option, but perhaps you're still unsure of what other job opportunities are available in nonacademic settings. Whether you are a student looking for a job once you graduate or an advisor looking for advice to give your students, this panel will help you gain new perspectives on career experiences in business, industry, and government.

Emille D. Lawrence, University of San Francisco
Caroline Maher-Boulis, Lee University

Kevin Byrnes, DuPont Capital Management
Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University and Mathematical Association of America
Emilie Purvine, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Bonita Saunders, National Institute of Standards and Technology

MAA Committee on Undergraduate Students
MAA Committee on Business, Industry, and Government



Navigating Academia as an Underrepresented Early Career Mathematician

Thursday, July 30, 3:00 p..m. - 4:20 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A


Navigating academia as an underrepresented mathematician comes with a unique set of challenges due to isolation and the invisible labor associated with diversity related service, in addition to traditional stressors tied to career advancement. This interactive session will focus on how early career mathematicians can best align their personal and career goals with traditional institutional expectations regarding scholarship and service to support optimal career trajectories. This workshop welcomes early career faculty, postdocs, and graduate students as well as anyone looking to support individuals in these groups.

Ranthony A.C. Edmonds, The Ohio State University
Andrea Arauza Rivera, California State University, East Bay
Alexander Barrios, Carleton College
Ryan Moruzzi, Jr., Ithaca College
Anisah Nu’Man, Spelman College


Panel Session

Graduate School in Mathematics: What’s it Like, and How Do You Get In?

Thursday, July 30, 4:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B


This panel is for undergraduates considering graduate school in the mathematical sciences. Graduate students in mathematics must take courses, pass qualifying exams, write a thesis, and serve as a Teaching Assistant. We discuss how these may vary from school to school and then focus on the application process: What do you need to apply? What does it take to get in? How many schools should you apply to? When will you hear? etc. Panelists will include several graduate chairs and current graduate students.

Ruth Hass, University of Hawaii

Ruth Haas, University of Hawaii
David Futer Temple University
Garth Isaak, Lehigh University
Richard McGehee, University of Minnesota

Sponsor: Committee on Undergraduates


Social Event

Graduate Student Reception

Thursday, July 30, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, MAA Suite


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

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

Sponsor: MAA Committee on Graduate Students


Social Event

Mathematicians Advancing Inclusion in Science (MAIS) Reception

Thursday, July 30, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom A


Come learn about MAIS, get involved with MAIS, and share your ideas.

Jesús A. De Loera, U. of California, Davis
Carrie Diaz Eaton, Bates College
Pamela Harris, Williams College


Social Event

MAA-Spectra Reception

Thursday, July 30, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon E

MAA President, Michael Dorff, hosts reception for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender mathematicians. All are welcome.


Poster Session

PosterFest 2020: Scholarship by Early Career Mathematicians

Friday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon F


This poster session and networking event provides an informal opportunity for early career mathematicians to present and discuss their scholarly activities (such as: expository work, preliminary reports, scholarship of teaching and learning, and research reports). Nontenured faculty and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate submissions will not be accepted. Questions regarding this session should be sent to the organizers.

Holly Attenborough, University of Wisconsin-Plattevlile
Lisa Driskell, Colorado Mesa University

Sponsor: The MAA Committee on Early Career Mathematicians (ECM)