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The MathFest Experience

In this contributed blog post Alvaro Cornejo and Kayla Harrison reflect on the experience having attended MathFest 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Was it worth attending the conference? Alvaro: Definitely. I got to see so many different perspectives on mathematics and … Continue reading

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Trip to the National Museum of Mathematics

by Maria Roman We left the Williamstown mountains behind as the early morning sun began to peek through the windows of the tiny bus. There was a journey ahead, but to be honest, I vaguely had any idea of what we … Continue reading

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Manuscript Pre-Submission Check List

Reviewer 2: “I did not read carefully past section 2. … I recommend that the article not be published in [redacted]” This particular reviewer read to page 4 of our 18 page manuscript, when the main result was on page … Continue reading

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Are you stunting your productivity by constantly checking your email?

By Dr. Toyin Alli This semester, I’ve been focusing a lot about productivity and how to be your most productive self when you sit down to get stuff done. And I believe a big part of being your most productive … Continue reading

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A Personal Reflection on Broadening Participation in STEM

Contributed by Amy Beth Prager During my student tenure at MIT, I expressed and increased my sincere devotion with respect to broadening participation in STEM. Ultimately, I became co-director of the MIT Womens’ initiative, which allowed me the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Imposter Syndrome

By William Yslas Vélez, Emeritus Professor University of Arizona If anyone should suffer from the imposter syndrome, it should be me. But I don’t (See [1] for a description of my undergraduate years). In my early years in the profession … Continue reading

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Preparing for the job market

For this blog post I interviewed Cory Colbert and Alexander Barrios, two recent PhD graduates, on the lessons learned during their job search last academic year. Alexander started at Carleton College in the fall as a postdoctoral scholar, and Cory … Continue reading

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How to Manage your Time and be Productive in Grad School

by Dr. Toyin Alli Do you ever feel like you’re working all the time but never get anything done?  Or do you find yourself working on one task all day and neglecting your other responsibilities?  Or maybe you have so much … Continue reading

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Requesting Letters of Recommendation

By Dr. Jennifer Austin What to do well before requesting letters of recommendation Change can be challenging for anyone and the transition in moving beyond an undergraduate career can be arduous for many. You can make this time easier by … Continue reading

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How to maximize career advancement of postdocs

This post is intended to be the beginning of a discussion of best practices for postdocs in order to place themselves in a good position for the next step in an academic career. I encourage mentors  and junior investigators who … Continue reading

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