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Promoting Diversity at the Graduate Level in Mathematics: a National Forum October 14, 2008 - October 17, 2008
Registration Deadline: October 17, 2008 over 8 years ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: July 14, 2008 almost 9 years ago
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Organizers Sylvia Bozeman (Spelman College), Rhonda Hughes (Bryn Mawr College), Abbe Herzig (SUNY, University at Albany), Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Ellen Kirkman(Wake Forest University), Ivelisse Rubio (University of Puerto Rico), and Olivia Scriven (Spelman College). Honorary organizers include: Dusa McDuff ( SUNY Stonybrook and Barnard College), Fern Hunt (NIST), and Karen Uhlenbeck (U of Texas at Austin).

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Cultivating diversity and broadening participation of historically underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences are national goals that are identified by the National Science Foundation as "essential components of the innovation engine that drives the Nation's economy." The goal of this three-day conference is to stimulate, identify, and disseminate successful models that improve retention of underrepresented groups in graduate programs in mathematics. The conference will provide a forum for the interchange of information among the key constituencies involved in graduate education: research universities, small colleges and graduate students. Representatives will have the opportunity to improve the articulation between undergraduate and graduate training. Department representatives will be encouraged to leave the conference with an appropriate plan for action.

The specific objectives of the workshop are:

  • to bring together representatives of graduate departments and small colleges, including minority-serving and women's colleges, in order to develop strategies for improved retention of students from these institutions;
  • to enable departments at research universities to articulate their expectations of students enrolled in their graduate programs;
  • to enable departments at small colleges to better prepare their students for the demands of graduate education;
  • to develop new ideas and disseminate strategies of programs and advisors that have been effective in producing doctorates among women and in other underrepresented groups;
  • to demonstrate the mathematical achievements of women and minority mathematicians and provide networking opportunities for students and faculty.

Conference Schedule
The first day of the conference is directed at graduate students and young faculty, and will highlight the achievements of women and other underrepresented groups. Critical transition points in the professional development of mathematicians will be the focus of panel discussions and workshops. Representatives of graduate departments and small colleges will join the conference for the last two days. Panels will focus on "Departments with Exemplary Records," "The Students' Persepectives," and "A Tale of Two Cultures." Break-out sessions will explore ways to better collaborate in advising undergraduates and in providing support for graduate students that will facilitate transition, increase retention, and imporve student success. The conference will conclude with the identification of lessons learned and plans for action and dissemintation.

Students and others who wish to attend the entire conference should plan to arrive by the evening of Tuesday, October 14th. Department representatives should plan to arrive by the evening of Wednesday, October 15th. The conference program will conclude at 3:00PM on Friday, October 17th.

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Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. When you register, please choose the "Funding Needed" option to be considered. Funding decisions are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after this deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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To apply for funding, you must register by the funding application deadline displayed above.

Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-238-7268. When making reservations, guests must request the MSRI preferred rate. If you are making your reservations on line, please go to this link and enter the promo/corporate code MSRI123. Our preferred rate is $129 per night for a Deluxe Queen/King, based on availability.

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Oct 15, 2008
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
  Welcome, Overview, Articulation of Goals
Sylvia Bozeman (Spelman College)
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Plenary Talk
Trachette Jackson (University of Michigan)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  "Framing the Issues: What the Data Show, and What We Know"
Abbe Herzig
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  "The Students' Perspective - Navigating through Critical Transition Points"
Rachelle DeCoste, Leona Harris
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Deanna Haunsperger (Carleton College), Cora Sadosky
Oct 16, 2008
09:15 AM - 09:30 AM
  "Why a diverse community matters, NSF initative on Broadening Participation."
Deborah Lockhart (National Science Foundation)
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Women and Math Program at the Institute for Advanced Study
Karen Uhlenbeck (University of Texas)
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  "Mathematics Faculty, Mathematics Students: Why Do They Look so Different?"
Shirley Malcom
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  "Framing the Issues: What the Data Show, and What We Know about Diversity in the Mathematics Community"
Ellen Kirkman (Wake Forest University)
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
  "What Can Be Done to Broaden Participation in the Mathematical Sciences?"
David Manderscheid
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
  What Can be Done to Broaden Participation in the Mathematical Sciences?
David Manderscheid
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  The Students Speak
Teresa Edwards, Dusa McDuff (Barnard College)
Oct 17, 2008
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  "A Diversity of Careers in Mathematics"
Garikai Campbell, Alina Cojocaru, Emille Davie, Laura DeMarco, Trachette Jackson (University of Michigan), Beatrice Riviere
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  Low numbers: stereotype threat and the performance of women and minorities
Joshua Aronson
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
  "A Tale of Two Cultures"
Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Edray Goins (Purdue University), Ruth Haas (Smith College), Yi Liu, John Meakin, Janis Oldham, Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley)