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.

Workshops: Weekly Teaching Discussion

The Teaching Discussion Group meets on Fridays from 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM in REC 227.

This weekly teaching discussion is a place to discuss our practice in the classroom. All are welcome and encouraged to participate, from experienced instructors who have seen it all to those who are just starting.

Upcoming Events

  • Finding and writing grants

Speaker: Prof. Donatella Danielli

Date: Thur. April 25, 2019

Time: 2:30-3:20pm

Location: BRNG B248 (NEW LOCATION)

Abstract: Seeking external funding typically starts in graduate school (e.g., requesting financial support to attend a conference), and it really never ends... In this talk I will share some tips on how to look for funding opportunities, and on how to write a compelling proposal. Bring your questions!

Spring 2019

  • Finding and Getting Jobs: A Panel Discussion

Speaker: Nicole Eikmeier, Ryan Spitler, Avi Steiner, Nate Velt

Dates: Thur. April 18, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:20pm

Location: BRNG 1260

Abstract: Curious about the current job market? How to find and land a job after you defend? Our four panelists will be discussing their successful job search! They will open with a brief reflection on the search, the interview process, and their time at Purdue. We will then open the floor to questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Presenting mathematics research to non-experts.

Speaker: Prof. Jonathon Peterson, Purdue University

Date: Thur. March 7, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:20pm

Location: BRNG 1260

Abstract: Modern research in mathematics is often highly technical and specialized, and anyone who has attended a number of seminars or colloquium will have noticed how easily it is to get lost in a presentation of high level mathematics. Giving presentations that are easy to follow is always a difficult task, but it is even more difficult when the audience consists of non-mathematicians or mathematicians in a different field. However, being able to give such presentations is a very valuable skill for advancing your career post-PhD. In this talk I'll share some tips about how to give a good presentation in such a scenario and how giving such presentations can be a valuable skill.

  • Panel Discussion on Postdoctoral Careers

Speaker: Dr. Tess Anderson, Dr. Isaac Harris, Dr. Phanuel Mariano, Purdue University

Date: Thurs. 2/21/2019

Time: 3:30-4:20pm

Location: BRNG 1260

Abstract: Stressed out about finding a postdoctoral position after graduation? Our panel will discuss obtaining a postdoctoral job. Our three speakers will open the discussion by talking about their career paths, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience. If you are curious about the process of searching for a postdoc position, how the applications process works at various universities, or even what a day in the life of a postdoc looks like.

  • Mathematics Anxiety: Causes, Effects, and What Instructors Can Do

Speaker: Lane Bloome, Purdue University

Date: Thurs. 1/24

Time: 3:30-4:20pm

Location: BRNG 1260

Abstract: Many undergraduate student enter university mathematics courses believing that success in mathematics courses is not within their grasp. Unfortunately, this belief tends to be inert even in the face of otherwise effective mathematics teaching. In this talk, I will review the empirical literature around mathematics anxiety, including its causes, effects, and prevalence. I will then unpack the implications that this research has for instructors who teach courses that tend to enroll disproportionate numbers of mathematics-anxious students.

Video available upon request.

  • Celebrating Diversity in STEM

Speaker: Dr. Zenephia Evans, Connie Brophy, Natasha Harris; COS Diversity Office, Purdue University

Date: Thurs. 2/7

Time: 3:30-4:20pm

Location: BRNG 1260

Abstract: Thomas Fuller, Muhammad ibu Muhammad, Benjamin Banneker, Winifred Edgerton Merrill, Elbert Frank Cox, Euphemia Lofton Haynes and Ruth Gonzalez broke racial and gender barriers when they elected to work with numbers and study mathematics as early as the 1600’s. This historical precedence provides examples of mathematicians that are underrepresented by race and/or gender that have succeeded in the math arena. The reality is the diverse students are not electing to study math and other STEM areas. This trend has been documented by educational institutions over the past decade, and progress has been lagging. As reported by the National Science Foundation, the number of women earning doctorates in STEM fields is on the rise. However, the number of male recipients has remained to be nearly double that of females.

The Science Diversity Office (SDO) is comprised of the multicultural and women in Science programs and seeks to retain and assist in the graduation of students underrepresented by race and gender. The SDO presentation will address local and national educational demographics, reasons that students do not select or continue in scientific majors and discuss research trends that offer solutions to bridge the gaps and enhance diversity