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Selected Education and Diversity Activities in 2018


The Field of Dreams Conference Again Includes Students Funded by the AMS

2018 field of Dreams ConferenceThe two-and-a-half day conference was packed with speakers, panels, a poster session, a career fair, a graduate school fair, and much more!  The Director of Education and Diversity represented the AMS on a panel introducing the various mathematics professional societies. 


The NAM Undergraduate MathFest with talks, posters, panels, and over 100 participants!

National Association of Mathematician's Undergraduate MathFest
This year's conference, held at Spelman College, in Atlanta, featured an EDD sponsored reception for the keynote address.  The AMS also again donated books for undergraduate presentation prizes.

The AMS Took Part in Shaping a New Initiative of the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Advisory committee at the Dana Center's equity convening

The Director of Education and Diversity was part of an advisory group working on the Dana Center's Equity in Mathematics Pathways Initiative: Equity, Mobility, and Mathematics at the Transition from K-12 to College, with the goal of improving success rates for underserved students in mathematics.


The Director of Education and Diversity Mentored Young Women at CaMeW

Students and mentors at the Career Mentoring Workshop for Women

Dr. Grundman gave one-on-one advice and served on a discussion panel at this year’s Career Mentoring Workshop for Women (CaMeW) held at Mount Holyoke College.  Fifteen graduate students preparing to enter the job market received information, individual feedback, and answers to their many questions from woman mentors with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.


The AMS Donated Funds to Enable Eight Young Women to Attend the Infinite Possibilities Conference

Infinite Possibilities Conference 2018More than 100 women (and some men) attended this two-day national conference designed to promote, educate, encourage, and support women of color interested in the mathematical sciences. (Right hand picture: the Director of Education and Diversity with some of the women whose participation was supported by the AMS.)


The AMS Donated Books for Presentation Prizes for the Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences Conference

Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences ConferenceAround 150, mostly Latinx students, postdocs, and faculty were inspired by the 30 speakers talking about math, relating their life experiences as Latinx mathematicians, and suggesting strategies for success in the mathematical sciences.  The mentored poster presentations and the organized networking activities during mealtimes were also a great success!  Many thanks to the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics for hosting the conference.


MSRI's 2018 Critical Issues in Mathematics Education

MSRI CIME 2018Each year, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute sponsors a math education workshop.  This year the focus was on access to mathematics by opening doors for students currently excluded from mathematics.  The AMS Director of Education and Diversity joined with over 100 mathematicians and mathematics educator to learn, discuss, and create strategies for improving access.


The 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings: Strategies for Diversifying Graduate Mathematics Programs

JMM Panel

Panelists shared their successes (and failures) in recruiting and admitting a greater diversity of graduate students and on increasing the success rate of "undervalued" applicants, both through helping the students adapt to the programs and through helping the programs adapt to the students.


Selected Education and Diversity Activities in 2017

The AMS Donated Funds to Enable More Students to Attend the Field of Dreams Conference

Field of Dreams Conference 2017

This conference of the Math Alliance brought together over 200 students and more than 100 faculty and other school representatives. The AMS Director of Education and Diversity moderated a lively panel discussion on mentoring.


The AMS Mathematics Community Reception at SACNAS's National Diversity in STEM Conference

AMS SACNAS Reception 2017Over 150 students, faculty, and others of the mathematics community enjoyed an evening of conversation, snacks, an interactive game, and AMS prizes!


The AMS Supported Mathematics Sessions at SACNAS's National Diversity in STEM Conference

SACNAS Conference 2017Mathematics sessions included: Commutative Algebra, Latin@s Count, Real World Mathematical Applications in the Biological Sciences, and Women in Math.


The AMS Donated Books for Student Prizes at the National Association of Mathematicians' Undergraduate MathFest

NAM Undergraduate MathFest 2017This is a terrific annual conference geared for undergraduates from HBCUs, but open to everyone.


The 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings: The Mathematics and Mathematicians Behind Hidden Figures

Joint Math Meetings 2017: Hidden Figures EventThe room was packed for the Hidden Figures panel organized by EDD, Association of Women in Mathematics, Building Diversity in Science, Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education, and the National Association of Mathematicians.

Photo credits: 2018 & 2017 Field of Dreams photos compliments of Donald Cole; 2018 NAM MathFest photos compliments of Edray Goins; Dana Center photos compliments of the Charles A. Dana Center; CaMeW photos by Jillian Amaral (L) and Rachelle DeCoste (R); Infinite Possibilities Conference photos by Leon Woodson (L) and Lily Khadjavi (R); LatMath photos compliments of IPAM; MSRI-CIME photos compliments of MSRI; 2018 JMM photo by Adriana Salerno; 2017 SACNAS photos by Annette Emerson; 2017 NAM MathFest photos by Tony Akeem; 2017 JMM photos by Edray Goins.

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