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October 17, 2012: Guest Lecture

Encouraging and supporting graduate students in the mathematical sciences
North Carolina State University

 Wednesday, October 17, 2012
11:30am (talk will start at 11:45am)
Location: AB1-L00

AbstractDespite their talent, few American students consider going to graduate school in mathematics. This is in part due to a lack of knowledge about job opportunities, the lack of understanding how research can be done in mathematics and not feeling that they belong in mathematics. In this talk we discuss some programs that have been successful in encouraging students to pursue higher degrees in math, because they both give students an understanding of what higher math involves and help them see that they can do it. We will also discuss programs that have helped students once they have decided to attend graduate school.
Key features of all these programs are giving students an opportunity for research and community building. 

About the speaker: Aloysius (Loek) Helminck received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands in 1985. His extensive  research focuses on symmetric spaces, which play an important role in many areas of mathematics. Since 2006 Professor Helminck has been the head of the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University. Under his leadership, the Department won the 2010 American Mathematical Society Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department and the 2011 American Mathematical Society Award for Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference. "The department at North Carolina State University has made, and continues to make, a remarkable contribution to the national effort to produce more minority Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences," according to the citation of the 2011 AMS award.

Refreshments will be served

Dr. Helminck's visit to the department is supported by a grant from the US-DOE through its MSEIP program.