Also: More Information For Students * Applied Math - in Careers and in Everyday Life * Magazines and Blogs * Math and the Arts, Museums * Math Problems, Puzzles and Games
MORE INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Experience
Here are some ways to take advantage of your experience as an undergraduate: join a math club or a student math chapter; find and use a mentor; present a poster at a math conference (pictured here is an undergraduate poster presenter with other participants and judges at the national SACNAS conference); attend local or national meetings of the professional societies (AMS, ASA, AWM, MAA, SIAM, SACNAS); write a math paper for an undergraduate journal (e.g. SIAM Undergraduate Research Online, Involve, Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Journal, Harvard College Mathematics Review); think about applying to a summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates program); ask the math department chair or a faculty member about resources available in the department and library; collaborate with your fellow math students on a problem; rent a math film; and consider graduate school -- compare mathematics graduate programs all over the U.S. and attend the annual Grad School Fair at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. See more resources to help you on your way.
AMS Graduate Student Blog
The AMS Graduate Student Blog is a blog by and for math graduate students. Email Tyler Clark, Editor-in-Chief, with comments, suggestions, offers to help, or if you would like to join the board, which we would like to be large and diverse. All are invited to join the community by posting comments, questions and advice on the blog.
Math Doctoral Programs Web Page
The webpage has separate lists for doctoral programs in mathematics, applied mathematics and operations research, statistics/biostatistics, and mathematics education. The page was created and is maintained by Sarah-Marie Belcastro.
National Association of Math Circles
The National Association of Math Circles (NAMC) website is for the community of students, parents, teachers, and math circle organizers. Math circles join math-related professionals and motivated middle and high school students in informal after-school settings to work on interesting problems and topics in math. There are currently 58 math circles in the U.S. See the NAMC website to locate local math circles and search for summer math camps, math events, and math competitions--from regional to national to international olympiads.
Help at Different Stages in Your Math Career
The Art of Problem Solving website lists mathematics scholarships including national mathematics scholarship competitions, university-specific mathematics scholarships, and links to other opportunities such as study abroad and summer programs. Find a Grad Program to compare graduate math programs, see stipend amounts, locate sources of support, and more. See the AMS web page for job-seekers that includes links to advice on how to develop your curriculum vitae, interview, decide if teaching is for you, apply for jobs, and more.
ATTENTION STUDENTS! If you are a member of the AMS, MAA, SIAM, AMATYC, AWM or CMS/SMC, please keep your contact information current on the online Combined Membership List. The directory is a great networking tool, so be sure your mathematical colleagues all over the U.S. and Canada can find you!
Other Professional Mathematics Societies
American Statistical Association (ASA), Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
APPLIED MATH - IN CAREERS AND IN EVERYDAY LIFE
We Use Math - a film series
The Brigham Young University Mathematics Department is producing a film series, We Use Math, showing that a mathematics background opens doors to many careers, and why mathematicians find it such a satisfying field. Upcoming films in the series will highlight a specific career area in mathematics by featuring people who work in that career, what they do, why they like their job, what kind of problems they work on, and how they came to work in that career. You can view the first video on the When Will I Use Math? website, which also includes lots of interesting facts and valuable information on nearly 40 careers. Image courtesy of the BYU Mathematics Department.
A series of over 80 posters that descibe the role mathematics plays in science, nature, technology, and human culture. Pictured here is Assigning Seats, on some of the math behind state delegation sizes in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"Contemporary mathematics research affects the daily lives of a very large number of people worldwide, yet most remain in almost total ignorance of this fact." Read case studies at the UK's Institute of Mathematics & its Applications, showing how modern math research affects people's lives.
Inside Science TV
How is math used to create special effects in movies? How does math used in origami help design the best way to fold an airbag for optimum deployment and compute the optimum configuration of space telescope lenses? How can math help allocate resources to best benefit all parties? How could math prevent icicles from forming on power lines? The AMS partners with the American Institute of Physics to contribute toward the production of Inside Science TV, video segments on the latest discoveries and applications of mathematics that are aired on local TV news programs all over the country. The AMS page links to several of the video spots on mathematical applications.
L'Explosion des Mathematiques
The Société Mathématique de France (French Mathematical Society) has translated into English "L'explosion des mathématiques," an illustrated booklet on the many applications of mathematics. Chapters include "What lies behind mobile phones," "Preventing waves from making noise," "From DNA to knot theory," "How to rationalize auction sales," "Puzzles for airline companies," "Financial options pricing," and more. Download individual chapters or the entire pdf of the English-language version of the "L'explosion des mathématiques" booklet.
Famous Mathematics Majors
Did you know that basketball player Michael Jordan started out as a math major, or that Teri Hatcher (Lois Lane on "Lois and Clark") was a mathematics and engineering major at DeAnza Junior College? See a list of famous individuals from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics, writing and finance--and suggest more.
MAGAZINES AND BLOGS
Selected Math Blogs
See these sites for interesting math blogs, and give the authors feedback: PhD + epsilon, by Adriana Salerno; Frank Morgan, Williams College, on The Huffington Post; bit-player, by Brian Hayes, Senior Writer for American Scientist; What's New, by Terence Tao, University of California, Los Angeles; MathTrek Blogs, by Julie J. Rehmeyer, Science News Web Editor and Mathematics Writer; The Mathematical Tourist, by Ivars Peterson, MAA Director of Publications for Journals and Communications; Math Goes Pop! by Matt, a PhD student at UCLA; Teaching College Math Technology Blog, by Maria H. Anderson, Muskegon Community College.
The latest issue of PLUS Magazine includes: "Life After the Higgs Boson", "Is the Universe simple or complex," "What is space" and "Are there parallel universes" See Plus magazine to find these articles plus links to podcasts, posters, puzzles, reviews and career profiles.
MATH AND THE ARTS, MUSEUMS
The Gnarly Gnews
The latest edition of this humorous math newsletter tells us about the use, and misuse, of mathematics in an election year.
Movies on the Futures Channel
See a series of brief movies that connect math to the real world: "First one in the ballpark," "Air coasters," "Ingrid's cross-country practice," "Tetradice," "Response time," and "New car tips," are just a few of the topics.
See hundreds of images generated by mathematicians or inspired by mathematics--scultpures, textiles, digital works, origami--amd send them as e-postcards.
Who's Your Favorite Fictional Mathematician?
PLUS Magazine asks the question and invites readers to pick from among a list of 18 fictional characters. The Square (Flatland)? Charlie Eppes (Numb3rs)? Professor Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes)? You can also view the results of the poll, which re-calculates on an ongoing basis the voter favorites. And if your favorite character isn't on the list you can submit a comment to the blog editors.
Intersections -- Poetry with Mathematics
"Mathematical language can heighten the imagery of a poem; mathematical structure can deepen its effect. Feast here on an international menu of poems made rich by mathematical ingredients."
MATH PROBLEMS, PUZZLES AND GAMES
Math en Jeu - An Interactive Multimedia Game
How does this online game work?
* create your own identity;
* launch a new game or join a game in progress;
* and it's started!
Math en Jeu was developed by SMAC (Sciences and Mathematics in Action), directed by Professor Jean-Marie De Koninck and a team at the department of mathematics and statistics of Université Laval, and is offered in English or French. "This is basically a board game with a mathematical flavor. Up to four players confront each other in a game by moving on a randomly created board. The players try to accumulate as many coins as possible before the time runs out. To be able to win coins, each player must answer mathematical questions. The more spaces in a move, the harder the question, and the more coins it is worth." See the Math en Jeu website to read more about how the game works, learn about the question bank, and start playing!
SIAM Undergraduate Research Online - Call for Papers. SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO) is a web-based publication devoted to undergraduate research in applied and computational mathematics. Topics include analysis, discrete mathematics, statistics, operations research, optimization, dynamical systems, modeling, and computation. Papers written by undergraduate students (or teams of students) are being accepted on an ongoing basis and will be posted online as they are accepted. The SIURO web site lists the editorial board and has instructions for authors, review policies, etc.
Stipends for Study and Travel. See opportunities for graduate support, postdoctoral support, travel and study abroad, and study in the U.S. for foreign nationals. There are various deadlines throughout this academic year.
NSF-AWM Travel Grants. This program enables women to attend research conferences in their fields, thereby providing a valuable opportunity to advance their research activities and their visibility in the research community. The grants provide full or partial support for travel and subsistence for a meeting or conference in the applicant's field of specialization. A maximum of US$1,500 for domestic travel and US$2,000 for foreign travel will be available. Women must hold a doctorate (or equivalent experience) and have a work address in the US (or US home address, in case of unemployed mathematicians). There are three award periods per year, with applications due OCTOBER 1, FEBRUARY, and MAY 1.