Author Archives: Allison Henrich

Gordon Ernest Keller, by Jen Bowen

Gordon Ernest Keller (1939-2003) Age 64, born on January 31, 1939 in Buffalo, NY and raised in Depew, NY, died on July 5, 2003, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Gordon received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from California Institute of Technology in 1965. … Continue reading

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A view of mathematics from behind the veil (unabridged) by Robin Wilson

Editorial Note: In the book, Living Proof: Stories of Resilience Along the Mathematical Journey, Robin Wilson shared his story. His original essay was too long to include in the book, given its format. We’re grateful to Robin for allowing us … Continue reading

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How challenging experiences led me to pursue a PhD in Mathematics by Shanise Walker

As a student graduating high school, I was convinced of one thing: I was going to be a high school mathematics teacher. Everything I had done in high school and the inspiration and encouragement I received from teachers, family, and … Continue reading

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Encounters with Gatekeepers, by Jen Bowen, Allison Henrich, and Chawne Kimber

Teachers, mentors, guidance counselors, program directors, and admissions officers all have the ability to provide us with opportunities and guide us along our paths. These same people can also act as gatekeepers, offering a leg up to those fortunate enough … Continue reading

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Turning a Passion for Pints into Perseverance by Matthew Fields

I would assume that my math journey started much like everyone else in this country, learning to count in grade school and progressing from there. But that is probably where the majority of similarities end. By the time I was … Continue reading

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Bad Handwriting in an Artist’s World by Isaac Weiss

At the time of writing this, my first vaccine appointment is mere hours away. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this moment, slowly waiting for it to arrive. The end of the pandemic is just beyond the horizon … Continue reading

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Homeless for the General, by Jeff Brown

I share with my students that I was homeless at the time I started the general exam for my PhD candidacy.  That item comes in a list of several bits of personal trivia, some of them bizarre, none of them … Continue reading

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The Qual, by Dana Williams

Back in the day, Berkeley had more graduate students than it could keep track of.  It certainly had more than it could support financially. Oddly, if you didn’t have some financial support from the University, it wasn’t even necessary to … Continue reading

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False Starts, by Tiffany Eaton

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled. And then it got dark and scary, and I ran back and went down the other one. I never had to work too hard at my math … Continue reading

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What’s your biggest academic or professional moment? by Houssein El Turkey

During our research retreats, my research group, Creativity Research Group (CRG), uses our lunch/dinner breaks to get personal. To facilitate our discussions in a fun relaxed way, we have often used the New York Times article “The 36 Questions That … Continue reading

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