Author Archives: Vanessa Rivera-Quinones

About Vanessa Rivera-Quinones

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who enjoys teaching, learning applications of math in different disciplines, and making math accessible to everyone. My research interests involve using mathematical models to understand how interactions among hosts, parasites, and the environment shape the spread of disease. Follow me on Twitter: @MissVRiveraQ.

Communicating Mathematics to a Broader Audience

How we communicate mathematics is an essential part of making mathematics accessible. You’ve probably experienced communicating with peers and faculty in your area of specialization, taught a few math courses, or even been involved in outreach activities with younger students.  … Continue reading

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Towards Embracing Diverse Mathematical Communities

As graduate students, we interact with a wide variety of people: local communities,  students, peers, and professors. Within these interactions, there is great diversity: different backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. I believe this is something that makes our mathematical community vibrant … Continue reading

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Staying Organized to Improve Productivity

Setting: It’s that time in your graduate career where your advisor says: “Time to start writing the first chapter of your thesis!” or “You should write a summary of all the papers you’ve read so far.” In that moment many … Continue reading

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