Category Archives: First-generation

Making a Difference… One Math Department at a Time

There have been countless times that I have wondered to myself how I got here. By here, I mean: a first-generation woman of color navigating her way through a doctoral program in mathematics. As I reflect on my personal and … Continue reading

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A Letter to the Professors

Dear professors,  First, let me start by thanking each professor for all of the hard work they’ve put in guiding students throughout our academic careers. Thank you for spending countless hours writing our shining letters of recommendation, giving us your … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dr. Andrea Arauza Rivera

About five years ago when I was an undergraduate student at California State University, Fullerton, I had the opportunity to participate in an intensive summer program called Preparing Undergraduates through Mentoring towards Ph.D.’s (PUMP). PUMP is particularly aimed at minority … Continue reading

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Rebranding your relationship with graduate school

Here is some advice I’ve gained prior to and during my first year of graduate school: Choosing a PI/thesis advisor Before I started my graduate studies, the single piece of advice that I heard the most was: “Finding a research … Continue reading

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Challenges as a First-Generation Graduate Student

The following list is non-exhaustive and speaks to my own experience as a first-generation graduate student in mathematics. After participating in the Math SWAGGER program last summer, I realized that many of these experiences are actually shared by other first-generation … Continue reading

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