Category Archives: General

Harry Potter and the Order of Infallible Idols

Much like the bespeckled boy wizard at Hogwarts, I spent my formative days at a school where science and magic were commonplace, the house you were sorted into determined your social circles, and dementors were at the ready to torture … Continue reading

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Are you thriving or surviving?

We are lucky to have another guest post from the amazing mathematician and educator Candice Price, who recently moved to Southern California! ***** Maybe I am just too demanding? Maybe I am just like my advisor, too busy? Recently, this … Continue reading

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Lessons learned at an REU are lessons for life

This is a post written with the goal of reaching undergraduate students who have participated in a research experience for undergraduates (REU) or are in the process of completing one. I have been thinking of the lessons that students can … Continue reading

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Service Statement: Beat Overcommitment

Service to your institution and to the broader mathematical community is an invigorating experience. Whether its connecting with people to provide opportunities for engagement in mathematics, opening doors for youth who wouldn’t have access otherwise, or filling a need in … Continue reading

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An Academic Party of One

This is a guest post from the one and only Candice Price. I was teaching when I wrote this so forgive me if it goes astray. But I have been to many panels on work life balance. They normally consist … Continue reading

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The Power of Two: Two Tips for Mathematicians

Every person I know, even mathematicians, have their favorite numbers. Mine used to be 13, because I liked being contrarian. Then I switched to 17 because it was the seventh prime number and I also liked 7. But what is … Continue reading

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Are you thinking of working in industry?

Written by Sharon Arroyo (Sharon.F.Arroyo@Boeing.com) and Les Button (ButtonLJ@Corning.com) Opportunities in industry for people with hard-core mathematical skills can be very rewarding. In this article, we give our perspective on how to search for a job in industry. We first … Continue reading

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The importance of having a network of mentors and reaching out to all of them

(Originally posted on October 30, 2015) We should not just reach out to our mentors when we have career- or academic-related questions but also when we may have a more personal issue and need the guidance and reassurance of individuals … Continue reading

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Some suggestions for revising rejected grant proposals

Getting grants for research projects is hugely important for all active investigators.  In universities where research is emphasized, pre-tenure faculty will be evaluated a couple of times before the tenure decision and grant activity is an important element in that … Continue reading

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Experiencing the SACNAS conference

This post is written with contributions from graduate students Megan Ly (Megan.Ly@Colorado.EDU) and Alexander Diaz (adiaz4@nd.edu). The SACNAS annual conference took place at the end of October this year near Washington DC. SACNAS stands for the Society for Advancement of … Continue reading

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