Workshops and Panels

We regularly organize workshops and panels support students and inform about issues of underrepresented groups.

Professor Panel

To give graduate students the opportunity to meet potential advisors, we organize a professor panel once a year. This is a series of 5-minute research talks followed by a casual meet-and-greet with snacks. The previous professor panels consisted of:

Date Panelists
November 12, 2019 Aaron Bertram, Alla Borisyuk, Jon Chaika, Akil Narayan, Braxton Osting
November 6, 2018 Thomas Alberts, Harish Bhat, Fernando Guevara Vasquez, Srikanth Iyengar, Dragan Milicic, Karl Schwede
February 20, 2018 Jonathan Chaika, Tommaso de Fernex, Christel Hohenegger, Sean Lawley, Firas Rassoul-Agha, Peter Trapa

Grad School Panel

To support undergrads in their decision about grad school and through the application process, we regulary host different panels:

Date Description
March 18, 2020 CANCELED
Applying to Grad School Panel
Get information about how to prepare to apply for math graduate school. Come with questions!
October 22, 2019 Life as a Math Grad Student Panel joint with USAC
Have you wondered what graduate school in math would be like? Toghether with USAC we are hosting a panel of graduate students to answer your questions and offer advice.
Life as a Math Grad Student Panel
March 27, 2019 Applying to Grad School Panel
Get information about how to prepare to apply for math graduate school. Come with questions!
October 18, 2018 Graduate School panel joint with USAC
Come learn about what life is like in math graduate school from current graduate students.

LaTeX Workshop

The typesetting language used in mathematics is LaTeX. When studying mathematics, there comes the point where it is assumed that one knows how to use LaTeX. If one does not know it, one has a disadvantage. To amend this, we organize workshops to introduce LaTaX or useful packages in LaTeX. We hold these workshops with SIAM student chapter at the University of Utah.

Date Description
January 29, 2020 LaTeX Workshop
August 28, 2019 LaTeX Workshop: The exam class
Resources: Slides
March 25, 2019 LaTeX Workshop II
Resources: Website
November 13, 2018 LaTeX Workshop

Other Workshops

Date Description
May 1, 2020 ONLINENavigating the Job Market
We will discuss what graduating students will be doing next year, what their experiences were like being on the job market, and how they successfully found positions in academia, national labs, or industry.
This is a great opportunity for current students to ask questions about how/when to prepare for the next phase in their careers and get the perspectives of graduate students who have recently gone through the process!
January 31, 2020 REUs: What and How?
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs support active research participation by undergraduate students in mathematics. They can provide participants with a taste of life as a graduate student and can help participants decide on a career path. We will start with a Q&A session with a panel of graduate students about their experience participating in and advising REUs, followed by workshop time to work on your REU application.
April 10, 2019 Bystander Intervention Training by Liz Rogers (Office for Inclusive Excellence)
Be More Than a Bystander: How to Intervene When You Witness Violence, Harassment, or Discrimination.
We witness a problem, consider some kind of positive action, then respond by doing...nothing. We remain bystanders. Research shows there are two reasons why people don't intervene when they witness interpersonal violence and harassment; fear of becoming a target, and lack of knowledge of what can be done. This interactive workshop is aimed at equipping people with practical tools to disrupt, distract, and diffuse situations while considering the safety of everyone involved.
Material: Bystander Intervention strategies, Bystander Intervention small group activity
December 7, 2018 Professional Development Panel: Industry
This panel is a joint event with GSAC, SIAM, and the Graduate Teaching Mentors. Mathematicians from companies such as Goldman Sachs, Recursion, and others will answer questions and give advice about the hiring process in industry.
November 29, 2018 Professional Development Panel: Academia
This panel is a joint event with GSAC, and the Graduate Teaching Mentors. Members of the hiring committees at SLCC, Westminster College, and the U will answer questions and give advice about the hiring process in academia.
October 26, 2017 The Modern Workplace: Navigation Inclusivity and Diversity by David Derezotes
  • Transform difficult classroom and collegial conversations (about such topics as race, gender, politics, religion, sexual orientation, etc.) into learning opportunities that fit with existing class and departmental objectives.
  • Work to uncover and heal the hidden biases that most of us have about other people.
  • Help to transform our classrooms, department, campus, and local neighborhoods into inclusive communities where members value diversity, hold mutual respect, share power and resources, and promote social justice.
October 25, 2017 Negotiation Workshop by Pearl Sandick
This communication and negotiation workshop focuses on professional skills that students and postdocs need in order to effectively perform research, including: negotiating a position in academia, industry or at a national lab, interacting positively on teams and with a mentor or advisor, thinking tactically, articulating goals, enhancing their personal presence, and developing alliances. We will discuss negotiation strategies and tactics that are useful for achieving professional goals. This is a highly interactive workshop where participants are invited to bring examples of difficult professional situations to discuss.
April 4, 2017 Gendered Language Workshop by Amy Wildermuth
We will hear from Amy Wildermuth, Associate Vice President for Faculty at the University of Utah. Professor Wildermuth is also a professor of law and the Chief Sustainability Officer at the U.
March 7, 2017 Implicit Bias Workshop by Mary Anne Berzins
At this event, Mary Anne Berzins will present an interactive workshop on understanding and mitigating implicit bias. Berzins is the Assistant Vice President of Workforce Planning for Human Resources at the University of Utah, and she was awarded in 2015 with the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women.
Spring 2016 2-part Gender & Sexuality Workshop by LGBTQ Resource Center
Fall 2015 Negotiation Workshop by Pearl Sandick

“What is Math?” Day

An opportunity for advanced high school and early undergraduates to explore topics in advanced mathematics.
Students will attend short lectures on several broader topics, eat lunch with the speakers and organizers, and have the opportunity to explore a variety of smaller topics in the afternoon activity fair.
Our aim is to inspire curiosity and we hope that attendees will want to explore further study in mathematics. We also hope to foster communication and establish connections between math department faculty and prospective students.

Date Description
16 April, 2016 Math Biology: Heather Brooks
Statistics: Patrick Bardsley
Group Theory: Sean McAfee
11 April, 2015 Groups: Haydee Lindo
Statistics: Greg Rice
Symmetry: Anna Romanova
Cryptography: Emily Witt
5 April, 2014 Math Biology: Heather Brooks
Geometric Group Theory: Radhika Gupta
Probability Theory: Kelly Macarthur
Representation Theory: Sean McAfee
23 March, 2013 Applied Math: Patrick Bardsley
Tropical Geometry: Thomas Goller
Statistics: Greg Rice
Number Theory: Aaron Wood
14 April, 2012 Geometry: Sarah Cobb
Probability: Nicos Georgiou
Mathematical Biology: Megan Gorringe
Algebra: Jack Jeffries