Author Archives: Pamela E. Harris

A mathematician’s mission statement

By Pamela E. Harris and Julianne Vega Companies and organizations are driven by their mission statements. These mission statements provide a concrete summary of what they value and what they work to achieve. Take for example the following mission statements: … Continue reading

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Finding belonging through mentorship

Guest blog by Stephen McKean On my first day of college, I showed up an hour early to my very first class. The class was Math 2210, multivariable calculus. For some reason, I thought this was the highest math class … Continue reading

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Dare To Share

Guest blog by Professor Mohamed Omar It started as a dare between friends. Would you dare post a video of yourself doing math on YouTube, for the entire world to see? That was the seed of what has become a … Continue reading

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A New Type of Learning Community

Setting high standards is expected from all educators. Yet, I think I may have taken this to an extreme in my 2019 spring senior seminar course in algebraic combinatorics. Students walked in to class, got a copy of the syllabus … Continue reading

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Bank of REU/Grad Fair Questions

By Lucy Martinez and Eduardo Torres Davila We attended the Joint Math Meetings (JMM) conference in Denver to present our research from our work at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program. At JMM, there was a fair of graduate … Continue reading

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Gotta catch ’em all, URM!

By Carrie Diaz Eaton and Pamela E. Harris We received the same email: Tuesday, Dec 17, 1:37 PM and Tuesday, Dec 17, 1:42 PM. No time to personalize the email. Simply change last names. After all, any one will do, … Continue reading

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Mathematical light shines blindly on us

By William Yslas Vélez Professor Emeritus University of Arizona “When I go to a Mexican restaurant I would gladly pay the musicians to stop playing.” John (not his real name) did not like the noise level. This statement came up … Continue reading

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Nice to Meet You

Blog by Sean Hays Out of all racial demographics in the United States, single-race Native Americans have the highest poverty rate at 28.3% [1]. Basic needs can be hard to come by for some Native Americans, as 7.5% do not have … Continue reading

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Making the most of attending conferences

In this blog by Julianne Vega, graduate student at University of Kentucky, Julianne tells us how to make the most of attending math conferences. If you are heading to a conference, challenge yourself! Your first conference may not be the … Continue reading

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Avoiding toxic mentoring

On September 20-22, I had the great honor of attending the workshop A conversation on professional norms in mathematics, organized by Emily Riehl. The workshop presented many great topics for conversation about the norms in our profession. The workshop’s program … Continue reading

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