Basic Skills Workshop

Our AWM Chapter is organizing a 'Basic Skills' workshop about non-math techniques and skills needed for grad school and afterward. Here are some possible topics:

    • Software-related: Latex, Beamer, personal webpage design, Matlab, ...
    • Career-related: writing grant proposals, building a good CV, job applications, job interviews, and contracts, ...
    • Other: giving a good presentation, writing a paper, ...

Please let us know if you have any other suggestions for topics or speakers, or even if you'd like to give a talk.

** Seeking Speakers **

Basic Skills Workshop (BSW) is seeking a few graduate students to give talks on the following topics:

  • Intro to Latex and/or Beamer
  • Intro to Python (or other useful languages)
  • How to Create a Personal Webpage

Each talk should be 1 hour long. BSW is usually Thursdays at 3:30-4:30pm, but we can accommodate.

2018-2019 Events

  • Stepping away from the Chalkboard: Engaging Students in Small Group Activities in a College Math Classroom

Speaker: Dr. Rachael Kenney, Purdue University

Date: Nov. 29, 2018

Time: 3:30-4:20pm

Location: REC 225


There is much research that suggests that engaging students in small group activities can lead them to develop deeper understanding of material. Several components are needed, however, for small group work to benefit both teaching and learning. In this talk, we will discuss ideas surrounding the benefits of handing the task of doing the mathematical thinking over to student groups, and share tools and techniques for doing this effectively.

  • Creating a Learner-Centered Environment

Speaker: Erica Lott and Daniel Guberman, Center for Instructional Excellence

Date: Nov. 8, 2018

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Location: BRNG B206


1. Identify activities appropriate for reaching learning goals and aligned with assessment

2. Consider different modalities of instruction and mentoring (online, hybrid, face-to-face) and what is possible in each

3. Appreciate the values of active learning and how active learning can be accomplished in different settings

  • Assessing Student Learning

Speaker: Erica Lott and Daniel Guberman, Center for Instructional Excellence

Date: Nov. 1, 2018

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Location: BRNG B206


1. Identify what you want students to learn

2. Design measures for effective learning based on what students should know

3. Develop Strategies for providing growth-oriented feedback

  • How Good Talks Happen

Speaker: Zach Letterhos

Date: Oct. 25, 2018

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Location: BRNG B206

Abstract: This meta-talk will be a blend of my two loves: cognitive psychology and telling people what to do. We will explore some of the fundamental things that cognitive psychology tells us about the brain and human behavior and how to exploit them for the nefarious purpose of making people enjoy our talks. Through examples, I'll provide a framework that you can use to construct successful talks for any purpose. I will primarily focus on how to give academic talks, but most of the advice I give is general enough that it could be applied to any form of public speaking, including your teaching!

  • Introduction to R

Speaker: Sarah Percival

Date: Oct. 18, 2018

Time: 2:00-3:00pm

Location: BRNG B222

Abstract: R is a free programming language for statistical computing and graphics. In this workshop, I will guide you through the installation and setup of RStudio so bring your laptop if you want to follow along. We will also cover basic statistical and data manipulation tools, as well as graphing using the ggplot2 package.

  • How to Create a Personal Webpage

Speaker: Nicole Eikmeier

Date: Oct. 11, 2018

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Location: UNIV 017

Abstract: In this talk I'll give you the basics needed to make your math department website. I will also give you some suggestions on how to manage updates to your webpage, and how to move documents onto the math department server. We will also do a few short HTML and command line coding demos in class, so bring your laptop if you want to code along!

  • Preparing for Life after Grad School

Speaker: Chris Creighton

Location: UNIV 017

Date/Time: Thurs. 9/13 at 3:30 - 4:30pm

Abstract: So all of us decided, for whatever reason, to go to Graduate School. But then what? The goal of this workshop is to get you thinking about your next stage in your career and how to prepare for it by taking a look at your goals, some job ads, and the basics of building skills and networking to get those jobs.