Great Funding Opportunity for 1st & 2nd Year Students

From the Director of the Mathematics Division at the NSF:

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. The program provides up to three years of support, including an annual $34,000 stipend, for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. Continue reading “Great Funding Opportunity for 1st & 2nd Year Students” »

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Thank You Tyler

As we welcome a new Editor-in-Chief Matthew Simonson, I want to express my admiration and gratitude to the outgoing Editor Tyler Clark, who over the past three and a half years has made the Graduate Student Blog what it is today. May happiness and success follow him wherever he goes.

Frank Morgan, Publisher


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Fresh Beginnings

A new school year is upon us, bringing new classes to teach or to take, depending on your year, new classmates to mentor or intimidate, depending on your mood, and in the illustrious high-paying danger-and-intrigue-filled world of grad student math blogs, a new editor-in-chief. Our outgoing editor-in-chief Tyler Clark of crossword-puzzle-making fame left big shoes to fill, and thus I hope that those of you who have been active on the blog in the past, as well as those discovering it for the first time, will join me in making it a success.  If you are currently a masters student, PhD student, postdoc, person with valuable advice to share with the aforementioned shady characters, or just a lost soul in math or some math-esque discipline, come write for us!  You could even earn yourself a coveted spot on our world famous “AMS Grad Student Blog Editorial Board,” guaranteed to earn you fortune and fame.  Please contact me using the form below this post.

To kick off the new year (school year, Congressional fiscal year, Jewish/Gujarati/French Revolutionary calendar year, etc.), I’ll present a new type of puzzle.  And by new, I mean new to most of you, I hope: Continue reading “Fresh Beginnings” »

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Crossword Puzzle #26

This crossword is in a different format from the previous puzzles. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think! The password to the answer key is math1.

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My solution to a panicked classroom

Coming into grad school, I had little experience communicating mathematics to students who were not already committed to learning the material and minimal background in educational pedagogy. This post is all about how I dealt with one problem this semester.

For the spring term, I led recitation sections for a calculus class designed for students in business or the social sciences. Things I anticipated: derivatives, integrals, students asking why they need to learn this material, and probably a general disinterest in mathematics. Things I did not anticipate: their extremely narrow zone between boredom and anxiety.

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