Missives

April 14

Dear Students of Mathematics,

We've reached the final missive of winter 2022. While this academic year has had its challenges, I hope that you will agree that it has been, all things considered, pretty darn successful. Thank you to everyone for masking up, acting smart, and being patient with each other.

The final Math Club meeting of the semester traditionally features talks by your peers about their experiences in the Directed Reading Program. I hope you will be able to join Math Club at 4pm when Josef Sajonz and Pranjal Sharma will give their Directed Reading Presentations. As always, everyone is invited, and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. There will be pizza and pop.

Seniors: As you enjoy your final college days at Michigan, here is an opportunity to upload your favorite images for the Department's Graduation Ceremony on Friday, April 29. Don't forget to RSVP here.

All this talk of final things reminds me: you have your own finals coming up. So: study well and remember alum Bar Roytman's admonishment: there is no math without COURAGE!

Students who click through the announcements below my signature tend to be happier people.

Finals are coming,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

Summer:

Opportunities:

Careers.

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/missive


 
Legendary Missives

 

April 7

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Not being the kind of person who spends time keeping up with social media, until this week I had never heard about Baby Shark. I've been told that it is best to remain ignorant, and so I will.

On the other hand, I do know about Shark(ovskii)'s theorem, and I think it is pretty awesome. To learn more about this wonderful result, please attend today's 4PM Math Club talk where Karol Koziol will discuss Baby Shark(ovskii) doo doo doo doo doo doo! As always, everyone is invited, and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. There will be pizza and pop!!!

Alumni Panel: Tuesday, April 12 at 4PM in 4448 East Hall. Enjoy free food from Jerusalem Garden while you hear from U-M Math Alumni in finance, research, cryptography, software design, .... RSVP here!

Last call: Michigan Math Hoodies are on sale until April 11

Seniors: As your college days at Michigan come to a close, here is an opportunity to upload your favorite images for Department's Graduation Ceremony on Friday, April 29. Don't forget to RSVP here.

Students who click through the announcements below my signature tend to be happier people.

Fishy math,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program jointly sponsored by LSA and Student Life. IGR offers a minor that be of interest to you. Moreover, their Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation Training course (ALA 320) still has spots available for the fall.
  • The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Opportunities:

  • Graduating in Fall 2021, Winter 2022, or Spring/Summer 2022? All graduating Math Majors & Minors are invited to attend the Department of Mathematics Commencement Reception on Friday April 29. RSVP here.
  • The Mathematics Department is now offering a Working Student Scholarship.  The Working Student Scholarship was created to provide support to Mathematics students who must work to support their basic necessities (rent, food, etc)  as they go to college.  Check it out.
  • If you are thinking about attending graduate school at Stanford, then here is a huge opportunity: Stanford's Knight-Hennessy Scholars program aims to prepare the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing the world. The program annually selects high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding.
  • Looking for a challenge? Then check out Agorize's platform of open innovation challenges.
  • Reminder: Michigan's Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is looking to hire peer tutors for Math/Stats 425. The application form may be found here.
  • All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework!
  • Short on cash? Then the annual UM Undergraduate Mathematics Competition may be just the thing you need. This year's competition will take place Saturday, April 13th from 1 to 4PM in B844 East Hall. Sign up soon in the Undergraduate Office (2082 East Hall).
  • Michigan Math Hoodies are on sale again! Purchase a Michigan Math Hoodie for $50 and help support the Math Corps at the same time! Hoodies are on sale until April 11. 

Careers.

  • Math alum Marc Sherman is looking to hire a quantitatively minded technician who is interested in diving into molecular biology, microscopy, and single-cell transcriptomics. If you are interested, let me know and I'll pass your name along.
  • The Southern Teachers Agency (STA) helps hundreds of candidates find jobs at outstanding private & independent schools throughout the mid-Atlantic and South. Private schools value candidates who have participated in a teacher certification program, but have the flexibility to hire teachers with a strong academic background in mathematics who have not taken Education courses. They are holding Virtual Office Hours April 11-15 for you to learn more. Schedule your chat today.
  • City Internships has openings in their summer programs in New York and London. Apply here.

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/missive

 

 

March 31

Dear Students of Mathematics,

What did the mathematicians say when their parrot escaped? Polygon!

Speaking of polygons, be sure to attend today's 4PM Math Club talk where Daniel Smolkin will discuss Counting points in polytopes. As always, everyone is invited, and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. There will be pizza and pop!!!

Special Announcement: Ever wonder what the job of a math research faculty member is like? Join Charlotte Chan, Danny Forger, Giuesppe Martone, and Alex Wright today (March 31) at 3pm in EH 4448 to ask your questions about the profession. There will be post panel refreshments! Please register here.

Students who click through the announcements below my signature tend to be happier people.

He's a mathematician!

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

  • Reminder: Michigan's Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is looking to hire Summer Bridge Scholars Program Course Assistants. The application form may be found here.
  • Reminder: Join the Math Corps at U(M)! The Math Corps helps to make the world a better place. It is a free summer camp for middle school students and high school mentors from the Ypsilanti area. We are looking to hire some college students to serve as College Instructors or College Assistants during our camp, which will run July 11 - Aug 12, 2022 (in person!). More info can be found in the application - apply by April 15!! Please email Sarah Koch with any questions.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • In October the the Department of Mathematics at Duke will host GROW (Graduate Research Opportunities for Women), a conference for women and non-binary undergraduates considering pursuing graduate studies in the mathematical sciences. The dates of the conference are October 21-23. Duke is a great place for math t-shirt photos.
  • The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Opportunities:

  • Reminder: Michigan's Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is looking to hire peer tutors for Math/Stats 425. The application form may be found here.
  • The Department is holding an art competition to select the design that will replace the beautiful winter scenes that the Brush Monkeys painted on the windows of the upper atrium. To enter, please send your submissions to: mathematics-upd@umich.edu.
  • All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework!
  • Reminder: Citadel and Correlation One invite you to compete in Midwest Terminal live! This is a great learning opportunity for those who are interested in coding or engineering and want a chance to showcase their skills in a team-based setting. Terminal is a one of a kind games-based AI challenge, where players code strategies to automate gameplay, battling team vs team for prize money and job opportunities. For more information, check out this brief clip to see Terminal in action!
  • The Department's annual Commencement ceremony features a few 6 to 8 minute addresses by graduating students to the graduates, their families, and their friends. Past examples may be found at the bottom of this page. (Madison Cox's 2018 address makes me happy every time I watch it.) Please submit a six to eight hundred word draft of your speech to Christina Certo in the undergraduate office (2082 East Hall) before April 1. In addition to a nice line on your resume, any student chosen to be a speaker will receive an honorarium.
  • Short on cash? Then the annual UM Undergraduate Mathematics Competition may be just the thing you need. This year's competition will take place Saturday, April 13th from 1 to 4PM in B844 East Hall. Sign up soon in the Undergraduate Office (2082 East Hall).
  • Michigan Math Hoodies are on sale again! Purchase a Michigan Math Hoodie for $50 and help support the Math Corps at the same time! Hoodies are on sale until April 11. 

Careers.

  • Know your way around a computer? Here is another career matching service: Techintern.io
  • Graduating soon? Interested in the social sciences? Want to get paid to go to school? Then check this out: The University of Chicago is offers an MA program in Computational Social Science where you will learn how to devise innovative formal, statistical, and computational models to make important contributions across the social sciences. The goal of the program is to train students for elite-level PhD admission in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, History, and Anthropology.
 

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/missive

 

March 24

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Y'all are spoiled. Your football and women's gymnastic teams are the reigning Big Ten Champs, your wrestling team placed second in the NCAA championship, both your men's and women's basketball teams are in the Sweet 16, your hockey team is the top seed in the NCAA ''Frozen Four" tournament, .... Maybe all of this success can be explained by science -- perhaps success spreads through South Campus like gossip spreads through a population?

Speaking of how things spread, be sure to attend today's 4PM Math Club talk where Jessie Conrad will discuss An Introduction to Disease Modeling. As always, everyone is invited, and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. There will be pizza and pop; huzzah!

Two Announcements for SENIORS:

  • The Department's annual Commencement ceremony features a few 6 to 8 minute addresses by graduating students to the graduates, their families, and their friends. Past examples may be found at the bottom of this page. (Madison Cox's 2018 address makes me happy every time I watch it.) Please submit a six to eight hundred word draft of your speech to Christina Certo in the undergraduate office (2082 East Hall) before April 1. In addition to a nice line on your resume, any student chosen to be a speaker will receive an honorarium.
  • Michigan Math Hoodies are on sale again, just in time for graduation. (There are new colors available!!). Purchase a Michigan Math Hoodie for $50 and help support the Math Corps at the same time! Hoodies are on sale until April 11. 

Five Special Announcements for EVERYONE:

  • Do you have questions about the U(M) Math program or department? Perhaps you have comments or suggestions that you'd like to share with us. Here's your chance! Join the Chair and others for the Mathematics Town Hall today, March 24, at 5:15PM. You can join the Town Hall directly after Math Club in room 1360 East Hall. If you wish, you may submit your comments and suggestions (anonymously) here.
  • Michigan Math Hoodies are on sale again! Purchase a Michigan Math Hoodie for $50 and help support the Math Corps at the same time! Hoodies are on sale until April 11. 
  • All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework!
  • The Department is holding an art competition to select the design that will replace the beautiful winter scenes that the Brush Monkeys painted on the windows of the upper atrium. To enter, please send your submissions to: mathematics-upd@umich.edu.
  • The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Students who click through the announcements below my signature tend to be happier people.

Modeling the spread of vampires,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

  • Michigan's Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is looking to hire Summer Bridge Scholars Program Course Assistants. The application form may be found here.
  • Join the Math Corps at U(M)! The Math Corps helps to make the world a better place. It is a free summer camp for middle school students and high school mentors from the Ypsilanti area. We are looking to hire some college students to serve as College Instructors or College Assistants during our camp, which will run July 11 - Aug 12, 2022 (in person!). More info can be found in the application - apply by April 15!! Please email Sarah Koch with any questions.
  • SIAM has a list of contact information for internships, the ASA maintains a very long list of internships in the statistical sciences, and the AMS maintains a listing of internships and co-ops. 
  • A comprehensive list of mathematical REU programs in the U.S. may be found at this AMS web page. The NSF maintains a listing of the REUs it funds, and there are many in areas other than math.
  • There are various internships with the United States government available, but they don't make them easy to find. Go here and read the section titled "How do I know a job is open to Students & recent graduates?". Then follow instructions. Also try here.
  • And here is yet another listing of research/internship opportunities.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

Opportunities:

  • Michigan's Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is looking to hire peer tutors for Math/Stats 425. The application form may be found here.
  • Reminder: Citadel and Correlation One invite you to compete in Midwest Terminal live! This is a great learning opportunity for those who are interested in coding or engineering and want a chance to showcase their skills in a team-based setting. Terminal is a one of a kind games-based AI challenge, where players code strategies to automate gameplay, battling team vs team for prize money and job opportunities. For more information, check out this brief clip to see Terminal in action!
  • Short on cash? Then the annual UM Undergraduate Mathematics Competition may be just the thing you need. This year's competition will take place Saturday, April 13th from 1 to 4PM in B844 East Hall. Sign up soon in the Undergraduate Office (2082 East Hall).
  • Michigan Math Hoodies are on sale again! Purchase a Michigan Math Hoodie for $50 and help support the Math Corps at the same time! Hoodies are on sale until April 11. 

Careers.

 

 

March 17

Dear Students of Mathematics,

This is quite a busy week: Pi Day was Monday; today is St. Patrick's Day; and Saturday will be National Let's Laugh Day! On top of all of this, you need to keep up with your studies -- I think it is time to take a good look at how best to optimize your time.

Speaking of optimization, at today's 4PM Math Club talk Dao Nguyen will discuss Optimization and its applications in robotics, nanoparticles, and marine surface vehicles models. As always, everyone is invited, and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. There will be pizza and pop; huzzah!

A great scene in a very good movie,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

  • This summer the Polymath program will run between June 20 - August 14, taking place entirely online. Each participant can decide what they want their level of involvement in the program to be. Applications can be submitted here.
  • The annual Wolfram Summer School will be held July 3–22 at the Wolfram Research headquarters in Champaign, Illinois.
  • Join the Math Corps at U(M)! The Math Corps helps to make the world a better place. It is a free summer camp for middle school students and high school mentors from the Ypsilanti area. We are looking to hire some college students to serve as College Instructors or College Assistants during our camp, which will run July 11 - Aug 12, 2022 (in person!). More info can be found in the application - apply by April 15!! Please email Sarah Koch with any questions.
  • As part of the 2022 Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, the Institute for Social Research will offer a two- and one-half week program focused on advancing the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals. 
  • Have you scored an internship for the summer term, but really need some cash to help make ends meet? The LSA Internship Scholarship for current students provides scholarships for spring and summer terms to qualified LSA students who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • SIAM has a list of contact information for internships, the ASA maintains a very long list of internships in the statistical sciences, and the AMS maintains a listing of internships and co-ops. 
  • A comprehensive list of mathematical REU programs in the U.S. may be found at this AMS web page. The NSF maintains a listing of the REUs it funds, and there are many in areas other than math.
  • There are various internships with the United States government available, but they don't make them easy to find. Go here and read the section titled "How do I know a job is open to Students & recent graduates?". Then follow instructions. Also try here.
  • And here is yet another listing of research/internship opportunities.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • We still have no math T-shirt photos from the Sweetland Writing Center. What could be more fantastic than the one-two combination of excellent math skills and excellent writing skills? The Sweetland Writing Center's Minor in Writing provides the perfect vehicle for obtaining the latter. Go here to learn more.
  • We don't have any math t-shirt pictures from inside Ross. Here's your big chance: The annual Michigan Impact Investing Symposium (MIIS) is taking place on March 26 at the Ross School of Business. MIIS is a conference that allows attendees to learn more about the impact investing and social impact space from distinguished members of the community. This event is open to all members of the Michigan community, free of charge. Lunch will be provided and will feature a networking reception. Please RSVP here.
  • The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program jointly sponsored by LSA and Student Life. IGR offers a minor that be of interest to you.
  • The U(M) alumni association brings you free bagels and coffee every Wednesday morning. Awesome!
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Opportunities:

  • Seniors: The Department's annual Commencement ceremony features a 6 to 8 minute address by a graduating student to the graduates, their families, and their friends. Please submit a six to eight hundred word draft of your speech to Christina Certo in the undergraduate office (2082 East Hall) before April 1. In addition to a nice line on your resume, any one chosen to be a speaker will receive an honorarium.
  • Let the University hear your voice! Be sure to complete the University of Michigan Asks You (UMAY) survey, the only student experience survey sent annually to all undergraduate students.
  • Citadel and Correlation One invite you to compete in Midwest Terminal live! This is a great learning opportunity for those who are interested in coding or engineering and want a chance to showcase their skills in a team-based setting. Terminal is a one of a kind games-based AI challenge, where players code strategies to automate gameplay, battling team vs team for prize money and job opportunities. For more information, check out this brief clip to see Terminal in action!
  • All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework!
  • Do you have questions about the U(M) Math program or department? Perhaps you have comments or suggestions that you'd like to share with us. Here's your chance! Join the Chair and others for the Mathematics Town Hall on Thursday, March 24 at 5:15PM. You can join the Town Hall directly after Math Club in room 1360 East Hall. If you wish, you may submit your comments and suggestions (anonymously) here.
  • Short on cash? Then the annual UM Undergraduate Mathematics Competition may be just the thing you need. This year's competition will take place Saturday, April 13th from 1 to 4PM in B844 East Hall. Sign up soon in the Undergraduate Office (2082 East Hall).
  • Applications for the annual U-M Library Undergraduate Research Award for excellence in library research conducted in support of an undergraduate student project are now being accepted. Prizes range from $250 to $1000; check it out!
  • Scholarship opportunity for Actuarial Science Students: the deadline for the IABA's Scholarship program is March 31.
  • Inspired by Polymath projects, collaborative on-line math projects instigated by prominent mathematicians such as Tim Gowers and Terence Tao, CrowdMath is inviting undergraduates to participate along with high school students in an on-line collaboration to solve open problems in mathematics.
  • Reminder: You may have noticed the beautiful winter scenes that the Brush Monkeys painted on the windows of the upper atrium. Since winter will eventually end, the Department is holding an art competition to select the design that the Brush Monkeys will next paint on the windows. To enter, please send your submissions to: mathematics-upd@umich.edu.
  • Reminder: Every year the Mathematics Department nominates undergraduate students for various internal and external prizes including the Goldstein Prizes, the Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate Student, the Wirt and Mary Cornwell Prize, and the Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize. If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, have a GPA of 3.9 or above, and would like to be considered for these prizes, then please submit a CV and a list of math/science references to the undergraduate office (2082 East Hall). 

Careers.

 

 

 

 

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/missive

 

 

March 10

Dear Students of Mathematics,

I hope that you enjoyed break! I look forward to seeing your answers to the question Where Has Your Math T-shirt Been? The end of break means the resumption of Bagel Wednesdays and Bagel Sundays; please join us!

Speaking of bagels, be sure to attend today's 4PM Math Club talk where Max Lahn will discuss Combinatorics of Curves on the Torus. As always, everyone is invited, and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. There will be pizza and pop; huzzah!

Due to my running out of time, I include here only the most pressing issues for the week. Postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

  • Jane Street is hosting an ESTIMATHON™ at the University of Michigan today, March 10th, at 5:00pm in1360 East Hall. Jane Street is a trading firm, and they have traditionally have absolutely amazing swag. They are also very good about encouraging people to study math, so please go and have some fun.
  • NEWS FLASH: UNC Charlotte is hosting a math REU. The application is open from March 1-March 31 and details may be found at https://Charlottesville/math-research/.
  • Sophomores: Deutsch Bank is opening early applications for our Sales & Trading and Investment Banking Summer 2023 internships (due March 18). They have a number of Michigan student grads in the program. Two positions: Sales and Trading or Investment Banking.
  • Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has full time and internship opportunities for Mathematics, Statistics, or Economics majors. Their National Processing Center is hosting a webinar March 16, 2022 from 12:00 N to 1:00 PM CST. Register here.
  • The 2022 StatFest Planning Committee is conducting a short (3-question) survey of any current undergraduate students so they can plan an event that works for students! Complete the survey by Monday, March 14 to be entered to win a $50 Visa Gift Card.
  • Michigan alum Taemin Kim  is developing a sustainability app and would appreciate your input.
  • Do you have questions about the U(M) Math program or department? Perhaps you have comments or suggestions that you'd like to share with us. Here's your chance! Join the Chair and others for the Mathematics Town Hall on Thursday, March 24 at 5:15PM. You can join the Town Hall directly after MathClub in room 1360 East Hall. If you wish, you may submit your comments and suggestions (anonymously) here.
  • The applications for City Internships 8 week Global Explorer Program closes March 21.
  • The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Student Leadership Board is hosting a Women + Data Science Professional Career Panel on March 15th, 2022 from 5:30 - 7 PM EST over Zoom. Register here.
  • All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework!
  • Join the Math Corps at U(M)! The Math Corps helps to make the world a better place. It is a free summer camp for middle school students and high school mentors from the Ypsilanti area. We are looking to hire some college students to serve as College Instructors or College Assistants during our camp, which will run July 11 - Aug 12, 2022 (in person!). More info can be found in the application - apply by April 15!! Please email Sarah Koch with any questions.
  • If you are preparing to graduate in the Winter or Summer terms, you must apply for graduation by March 13 if you want your name to appear in the Commencement Book. To apply for graduation, you will need to log into your Student Center on Wolverine Access and select ``Apply to Graduate'' front he drop-down list. You should apply for the term in which you will be completing all of your requirements.
  • Cash strapped? Good at math contests? Then the annual UM Undergraduate Mathematics Competition may be just the thing you need. This year's competition will take place Saturday, April 2nd from 1 to 4PM in B844 East Hall. Sign up by visiting this web page.
  • Reminder: The Michigan Math and Science Scholars camp is still looking for summer counselors; this is an excellent way to support yourself and stay in beautiful Ann Arbor. Applications are now being accepted.
  • Reminder: You may have noticed the beautiful winter scenes that the Brush Monkeys painted on the windows of the upper atrium. Since winter will eventually end, the Department is holding an art competition to select the design that the Brush Monkeys will next paint on the windows. To enter, please send your submissions to: mathematics-upd@umich.edu.
  • Reminder: Every year the Mathematics Department nominates undergraduate students for various internal and external prizes including the Goldstein Prizes, the Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate Student, the Wirt and Mary Cornwell Prize, and the Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize. If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, have a GPA of 3.9 or above, and would like to be considered for these prizes, then please submit a CV and a list of math/science references to the undergraduate office (2082 East Hall). 

Information about various awards/scholarships available in the Department may be found below my signature. Deadline for most is March 15.

This is pretty much how my computer has been behaving today,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

Some Departmental Awards:

  • The Virginia McCulloh Diversity Scholarship is open to all declared Mathematics majors. Virginia McCulloh was dedicated to all mathematics students, especially those from diverse backgrounds. Scholarship amounts may vary but range from $1-4k, depending on the number of qualified applicants. Students must write a short essay indicating why they feel qualified for this scholarship.
  • The M.S. Keeler Department of Mathematics Merit Scholarships is for students presenting outstanding mathematical talent as evidenced by coursework and competitions; must major in Mathematics. Scholarship amounts may vary but range from $1-5k.
  • The Mathematics Emergency Scholarship was created to provide support to Mathematics students facing an unexpected emergency that causes financial hardship. To qualify, you must be a current undergraduate mathematics majors with less than 4 terms left to complete your undergraduate degree. You must be declared in Mathematics and have documented financial need.
  • The Margaret S. Huntington Award in Actuarial Outreach is awarded by the Michigan Mathematics Department to select first and second year students who received an A- or better in one of the courses 115, 116, 156, 176, 185, 215, 285, or 295 during their first semester. Apply today!
  • The Marc Altschull Actuarial Award is awarded to out-of-state permanent residents & citizens who have declared a major in Actuarial Mathematics and also have 90+ cumulative credits towards their undergrad degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.7.  Students must have had at least one actuarial or related internship and have passed at least two actuarial exams.  Apply today!
  • The David G. Hartman Actuarial Scholarship is awarded to actuarial students entering their junior or senior year majoring in Actuarial Mathematics and also majoring or minoring in Business Administration with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  They must have passed at least one actuarial examination and be either a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident. While this scholarship is not a needs-based scholarship as such, those who demonstrate need will receive higher consideration. The award will be $10,000 per school year. Apply today!
  • The Natarajan Family Award is designed to acknowledge actuarial students who show promise of future leadership ability, evidenced by having already assumed leadership roles on campus or within the community. To qualify you must: Be currently majoring in Actuarial Mathematics; Have a GPA of 3.5 or above; Have shown promise of future leadership.  Apply today!
  • The Otto Richter Memorial Prize is given to a graduating senior who has shown the greatest achievement in the study of actuarial mathematics as evidenced by the passing of the professional actuarial examinations. To qualify you must: Be a graduating senior; Be currently majoring in Actuarial Mathematics; Have a GPA of 3.0 or above; Have passed actuarial exams. Apply today!
  • The Irving Wolfson Award is given to a student with academic excellence and promise who intends to complete the Actuarial Mathematics degree at the University of Michigan. To qualify you must: Be currently majoring in Actuarial Mathematics; Have a GPA of 3.5 or above; Have at least one term remaining for your undergraduate degree; Have shown actuarial achievement through academia, employment, and/or extra-curricular activity. Apply today!

 

February 24

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Next week we all get a break; hurrah! I suggest indulging in a little escapist literature like Dahl's The BFG or maybe spending some time exploring group therapy. Whatever you do, keep it simple!

Speaking of the Big Friendly Giant (aka the Fischer–Griess monster), groups, and simple things, be sure to attend today's 4PM Math Club talk where Robert Griess will provide an Introduction to sporadic simple groups. As always, everyone is invited, and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. There will be pizza and pop!!!

While you are out next week scouting locations for your contribution to the Where Has Your Math T-shirt Been collection, here are some opportunities that landed in my in-box this week:

  • Join the Math Corps at U(M)! The Math Corps helps to make the world a better place. It is a free summer camp for middle school students and high school mentors from the Ypsilanti area. We are looking to hire some college students to serve as College Instructors or College Assistants during our camp, which will run July 11 - Aug 12, 2022 (in person!). More info can be found in the application - apply by April 15!! Please email Sarah Koch with any questions.
  • Tomorrow Illinois Tech and Rust College are hosting an on-line panel discussion on What is Data Science, and Why is It Important? The event takes place Friday February 25 from 12 to 1 pm Ann Arbor time. Register here.
  • Cash strapped? Good at math contests? Then the annual UM Undergraduate Mathematics Competition may be just the thing you need. This year's competition will take place Saturday, April 2nd from 1 to 4PM in B844 East Hall. Sign up by visiting this web page.
  • The 2022 Simio Sync: Practical Applications conference is happening next week. The focus will be on the different modeling techniques Simio users can apply to build simulation and digital twin models. Everyone attending will have the opportunity to learn and present their learnings about utilizing Simio’s extensive features to design and build high-performing models. Register here.
  • Reminder: You may have noticed the beautiful winter scenes that the Brush Monkeys painted on the windows of the upper atrium. Since winter will eventually end, the Department is holding an art competition to select the design that the Brush Monkeys will next paint on the windows. To enter, please send your submissions to: mathematics-upd@umich.edu.

Be sure to have fun,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

 

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February 17

Dear Students of Mathematics,

In the midst of a global pandemic we've been doing our part locally by masking, vaccinating, and not eating socially. While masking and vaccinating continue to make very good sense, the powers-that-be have decided that beginning Sunday we will again be allowed to gather safely to eat bagels and pizza; hurrah!

Speaking of global and local issues, at today's 4PM Math Club the connection between local and global solutions of polynomials will be discussed by Lena Ji in a talk on Solutions of polynomials mod q. As always, everyone is invited and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. Not as always, pizza and pop have been replaced, hopefully for the last time, by a raffle.

Special Announcement I: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while getting a good start on your homework! 

Special Announcement II: You may have noticed the beautiful winter scenes that the Brush Monkeys painted on the windows of the upper atrium. Since winter will eventually end, the Department is holding an art competition to select the design that the Brush Monkeys will next paint on the windows. To enter, please send your submissions to: mathematics-upd@umich.edu.

When looking for solutions, it is important to be creative,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

Careers.

Opportunities:

 

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February 10

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Valentine's Day is next Tuesday. Not only is this traditionally a time for students of mathematics to go figure skating, it also presents a good time to brush up on your understanding of limits, irrational numbers, combinatorics, beautiful figures, ...

Speaking of figures, today's 4PM Math Club features Ahmad Barhoumi discussing Strang's strange figures. As always, everyone is invited and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. Not as always, pizza and pop have been replaced by a raffle.

Special Announcement I: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for the annual Valentine's Skate on Saturday February 12 from 1:30 to 2:50. Join us in the Math Atrium on Saturday at 1:00 pm to walk over as a group.

Special Announcement II: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for UnBagel Sundays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:00 am to discover this week's bagel substitute and to work on your homework!

Math alumnus Kal Nanes (second from left) with some Valentine's inspiration,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

  • The Newnan Advising Center is hiring Academic Peer Advisors for Summer Orientation May 16 – July 15. We have not a single math T-shirt photo from the Newnan center, so check out their upcoming Information Sessions (today at 1pm and Wednesday February 23 at 9am).
  • The Honors Program also hires Academic Peer Advisors every summer. Check out this page for more information.
  • The International Center also hires Academic Peer Advisors for the summer. Here are last year's advisors. I'm not sure of their hiring process, so I suggest you contact the International Center if interested serving as a peer advisor.
  • Google announces its 2022 Summer of Code. This is a global, online program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development. Contributors work with an open source organization on a 12 (or more!) week programming project under the guidance of mentors.
  • Professor Ryan T. White of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne, Florida would like for you to apply for their REU on Statistical Models With Applications To Geoscience. There are some cool projects here.
  • Reminder: The Michigan Math and Science Scholars camp is still looking for summer counselors; this is an excellent way to support yourself and stay in beautiful Ann Arbor. Applications are now being accepted.
  • SIAM has a list of contact information for internships, the ASA maintains a very long list of internships in the statistical sciences, and the AMS maintains a listing of internships and co-ops. 
  • A comprehensive list of mathematical REU programs in the U.S. may be found at this AMS web page. The NSF maintains a listing of the REUs it funds, and there are many in areas other than math.
  • There are various internships with the United States government available, but they don't make them easy to find. Go here and read the section titled "How do I know a job is open to Students & recent graduates?". Then follow instructions. Also try here.
  • And here is yet another listing of research/internship opportunities.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • I've been asked to remind you: the annual Drake Symposium, a two-day event geared towards actuarial science students and sponsored by the SOA and CAS, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa the weekend of April 8 and 9. There is also a case competition.
  • Reminder: The 2022 Big Heart Blood Battle competition against Michigan State, Penn State, and Wisconsin runs until February 23rd.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Careers.

  • Northwestern's Causeway Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program is a yearlong experience in mathematics that seeks to increase the number of graduate students in the mathematical sciences from historically underrepresented groups. The program designed to prepare students for graduate study in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics through coursework, a research experience, seminars, and mentorship. Causeway is tuition-free and provides students with a living stipend of approximately $34,000 per year as well as health insurance. Visit https://sites.northwestern.edu/causeway/ for more information.
  • I've been asked to remind you: MSK Bridge is a two-year postbac/gap year research program for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in science who aspire to pursue biomedical PhDs or MD-PhDs. The inaugural cohort of 10 Bridge Scholars will start in July 2022, with the deadline to receive all application materials: March 30, 2022. More information about MSK Bridge may be found at mskcc.org/bridge.
  • The Mathematical Association of America hosts a career site. It has many job postings for undergraduate students of math, but it also has job postings for people with graduate degrees, so you need to work a little.
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation serves as a clearing house for information on education and career training activities in the STEM disciplines. To search through their vast listings, please visit www.pathwaystoscience.org.

Opportunities:

 

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February 3

Dear Students of Mathematics,

The derivative of the snow accumulation function finally stopped being a small fraction; hurrah! I am so happy! I hope that some of you will take this opportunity to make some beautiful snow! Look at this, this, or this for inspiration.

Speaking of fractions and derivatives, be sure to attend today's Math Club where Zach Deiman will discuss Fractional Derivatives. As always, everyone is invited and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. Not as always, pizza and pop have been replaced by a raffle.

Special Announcement: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for UnBagel Sundays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:00 to discover this week's bagel substitute and to work on your homework!

A beautiful way to get 45,000 steps,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • Ecole Polytechnique is, according to their messages to me, the most prestigious Institute of Science & Technology in France. Their International Exchange Program offers selected students the opportunity to go to Ecole Polytechnique near Paris to take courses and/or to do a research internship.
  • It has been a couple of years since the Department scored a T-shirt photo from the University of Michigan Biological Station. You can satisfy degree requirements, contribute a Math T-shirt photo, and learn how to conduct (non-math) research while getting a tan. Be sure to get your application in soon. (It appears to be running in person.)
  • Reminder: The 2022 Big Heart Blood Battle competition against Michigan State, Penn State, and Wisconsin runs until February 23rd.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Careers.

Opportunities:

  • The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting a problem-based challenge for undergraduate students. Your proposal could win you a $5,000, $3,000, or $1,000 scholarship! Enter by March 31.
  • Will you be traveling to Korea this summer to attend a conference, participate in research, or otherwise engage in academic activities while snapping a photo of yourself in a Math T-shirt? The SeAH Haiam Arts and Sciences Scholarship provides up to $2,500 to support such travel. The application deadline is March 1.
  • Semester in Detroit – Fall Term. Semester in Detroit transforms U-M students through reciprocal relationships with the people, organizations, and neighborhoods of Detroit. It also provides an excellent source for math T-shirt photos.
  • Every year the Mathematics Department nominates undergraduate students for various internal and external prizes including the Goldstein Prizes, the Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate Student, the Wirt and Mary Cornwell Prize, and the Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize. If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, have a GPA of 3.9 or above, and would like to be considered for these prizes, then please submit a CV and a list of math/science references to the undergraduate office (2082 East Hall). Soon.
  • The Virginia McCulloh Diversity Scholarship is open to all declared Mathematics majors. Virginia McCulloh was dedicated to all mathematics students, especially those from diverse backgrounds. Scholarship amounts may vary but range from $1-4k, depending on the number of qualified applicants. Students must write a short essay indicating why they feel qualified for this scholarship.
  • The M.S. Keeler Department of Mathematics Merit Scholarships is for students presenting outstanding mathematical talent as evidenced by coursework and competitions; must major in Mathematics. Scholarship amounts may vary but range from $1-5k.
  • The Mathematics Emergency Scholarship was created to provide support to Mathematics students facing an unexpected emergency that causes financial hardship. To qualify, you must be a current undergraduate mathematics majors with less than 4 terms left to complete your undergraduate degree. You must be declared in Mathematics and have documented financial need.
  • The Margaret S. Huntington Award in Actuarial Outreach is awarded by the Michigan Mathematics Department to select first and second year students who received an A- or better in one of the courses 115, 116, 156, 176, 185, 215, 285, or 295 during their first semester. Apply today!
  • The Marc Altschull Actuarial Award is awarded to out-of-state permanent residents & citizens who have declared a major in Actuarial Mathematics and also have 90+ cumulative credits towards their undergrad degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.7.  Students must have had at least one actuarial or related internship and have passed at least two actuarial exams.  Apply today!
  • The David G. Hartman Actuarial Scholarship is awarded to actuarial students entering their junior or senior year majoring in Actuarial Mathematics and also majoring or minoring in Business Administration with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  They must have passed at least one actuarial examination and be either a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident. While this scholarship is not a needs-based scholarship as such, those who demonstrate need will receive higher consideration. The award will be $10,000 per school year. Apply today!
  • The Natarajan Family Award is designed to acknowledge actuarial students who show promise of future leadership ability, evidenced by having already assumed leadership roles on campus or within the community. To qualify you must: Be currently majoring in Actuarial Mathematics; Have a GPA of 3.5 or above; Have shown promise of future leadership.  Apply today!
  • The Otto Richter Memorial Prize is given to a graduating senior who has shown the greatest achievement in the study of actuarial mathematics as evidenced by the passing of the professional actuarial examinations. To qualify you must: Be a graduating senior; Be currently majoring in Actuarial Mathematics; Have a GPA of 3.0 or above; Have passed actuarial exams. Apply today!
  • The Irving Wolfson Award is given to a student with academic excellence and promise who intends to complete the Actuarial Mathematics degree at the University of Michigan. To qualify you must: Be currently majoring in Actuarial Mathematics; Have a GPA of 3.5 or above; Have at least one term remaining for your undergraduate degree; Have shown actuarial achievement through academia, employment, and/or extra-curricular activity. Apply today!
  • Reminder: I encourage you to attend and/or present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Reminder: Graduating this winter or summer? Keep your parents happy by applying for graduation prior to March 13. If you don't apply before March 13, then your name WILL NOT appear in the program book.

 

 

 

 

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January 27

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Are you good at sharing? Are you good at keeping secrets? Are you good at both sharing data and keeping it secret? Probably not, but you could be! To learn how, be sure to attend today's Math Club where Quang Dao will discuss How to share and compute secret data. As always, everyone is invited and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. Not as always, pizza and pop have been replaced by a raffle.

Special Announcement: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for UnBagel Sundays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:00 to discover this week's bagel substitute and work on your homework!

If only breaking codes were this easy,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

  • The Edge Program invites women who will be attending math graduate school in the fall to join them for four weeks this summer. The goal of the program is to strengthen the ability of women students to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences, with particular emphasis on women from underrepresented groups. Applications are due February 1.
  • A brand new REU: Modern topics in pure and applied mathematics will be held at the University of Maryland in Summers 2022, 2023, and 2024. Application Deadline: February 25.
  • The Michigan REU continues to accept applications.    Applications are due February 3.
  • The Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics is running 6 programs at 6 different campuses. Apply soon or risk being overlooked.
  • Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas. Selected individuals will train alongside NCTR investigators who conduct FDA mission-critical, translational research, that provides a scientifically sound basis for FDA regulatory decisions, and that reduces risks associated with FDA-regulated products. Apply here.
  • Are you interested in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences? Then perhaps the 2022 Summer Research Initiative (SRI) at the University of Maryland, College Park is for you.
  • I've been asked to remind you that the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA runs the Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) program for students, including international students, in math and related disciplines who wish to work in teams on real world research projects proposed by a sponsor from industry or a national lab.
  • Sage Corps thought you might be interested in its summer internship program that places interns in a tech startup abroad.
  • Columbia Business School is seeking outstanding applicants for its 2022 Summer Research Internship program. They have had good luck with students of math from Michigan. The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and exposes students to the world of business research. 
  • The Office of New Student Programs is hiring Summer Orientation Leaders. It's a good way to make some extra money to support your research habit.
  • SIAM has a list of contact information for internships, the ASA maintains a very long list of internships in the statistical sciences, and the AMS maintains a listing of internships and co-ops. 
  • A comprehensive list of mathematical REU programs in the U.S. may be found at this AMS web page. The NSF maintains a listing of the REUs it funds, and there are many in areas other than math.
  • There are various internships with the United States government available, but they don't make them easy to find. Go here and read the section titled "How do I know a job is open to Students & recent graduates?". Then follow instructions. Also try here.
  • And here is yet another listing of research/internship opportunities.

Opportunities:

  • Would you like to learn how to be more effective in a global environment? Then check out the Intercultural Leadership Seminar
    to be held on March 1 and 2. Application deadline: February 13.
  • I encourage you to attend and/or present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Graduating this winter or summer? Keep your parents happy by applying for graduation prior to March 13. If you don't apply before March 13, then your name WILL NOT appear in the program book.
  • The School of Information is seeking to add to their current subject pool to participate in incentivized studies. You can sign up to be in the ORSEE recruiting system here. By doing so, you will be added to the contact list to participate in future paid studies.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • It has been many years since someone contributed a Math T-shirt photo from Brown. Luckily, on March 19 Brown University will host its Symposium for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences. This year the topic is Math and Puzzles, and they have an art contest!
  • Do you want to do your graduate studies in another country? Consider applying for a prestigious Fulbright grant. See this page for more information about how to apply. Students of Mathematics at other schools are constantly winning these things, so go for it.
  • Reminder: The 2022 Big Heart Blood Battle competition against Michigan State, Penn State, and Wisconsin runs until February 23rd.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Careers.

  • Want to make a real difference in a young person's education? City Year trains and places young adults in high-poverty schools to serve as tutors, mentors, and role-models to help students succeed and decrease the drop-out rate.
  • Peak6 is hosting a Trading Experience for Women - Summer 2022 Internship. If you are interested, apply soon.
  • Registration is now open for the U-M Women of Color Task Force 40th Annual Career Conference which will be held on March 4.
  • Know your way around a computer? Here is another career matching service: Techintern.io
  • The Tobin Center/Economics Pre-Doctoral Fellows Program at Yale University supports policy-relevant economics research by providing a high-quality education and training experience for individuals with bachelor’s or master’s degrees who are considering pursuing a Ph.D. in economics or a closely related discipline. To apply, please review available positions listed on their webpage.
  • SIG, a quantitative trading firm based in Philadelphia, has positions that may be of interest to students of math.
  • The Masters in Computational Social Science (MACSS) at the University of Chicago would like for you to consider applying got their two-year program that combines frontier social scientific research with a rigorous introduction to computational data analysis.
  • The Mathematical Association of America hosts a career site. It has many job postings for undergraduate students of math, but it also has job postings for people with graduate degrees, so you need to work a little.
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation serves as a clearing house for information on education and career training activities in the STEM disciplines. To search through their vast listings, please visit www.pathwaystoscience.org.

 

 

 

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January 20

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Politics, voting, and math. Maybe it seems that one of these is not like the others. Not so! In last semester's Math Club talk about gerrymandering, we learned they are deeply connected. To learn about another connection among the three, be sure to attend today's Math Club where Iian Smythe will discuss Voting, fairness, and impossibility. As always, everyone is invited and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. Not as always, pizza and pop have been replaced by a raffle.

Special Announcement: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for UnBagel Sundays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:00 to discover this week's bagel substitute and work on your homework!

Politics and math, the Canadian way,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

Opportunities:

  • COMAP’s undergraduate contests in modeling, the MCM and the ICM, are international contests designed to provide students with the opportunity to work as team members to engage in and improve their modeling, problem-solving, and writing skills. Teams of up to three students from your institution apply mathematics to model and develop a solution to one of six real-world problems. This international contest is open to students of all disciplines and there is no limit on the number of teams any one institution can enter. Register for the contest at www.mcmcontest.org.
  • The International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA) offers scholarships. The application is now open.
  • Students Helping Honduras is a U(M) student organization that works with local communities in Honduras to promote education in order to alleviate the burden of poverty and violence. Check them out.
  • UROP. Rising sophomores are encouraged to apply for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • The Michigan in Washington program is accepting applications for Fall 2022 and early admission to Winter 2023. The deadline is February 18th and applications are available on M-Compass.
  • The Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship application is now open. LSA undergraduates from any field who have worked or are currently working with a social justice organizations are invited to apply. This Fellowship offers an opportunity for students and community organizations to continue or to deepen their work together through the May and July.
  • Are you from Van Buren County in Michigan? If so, see if you are eligible for the Gail and Hilda Oster scholarship.
  • The Michigan Branch of the Telluride Association, a merit-based residential community that accepts both undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines, is taking applications for new members. Members can live in the House for up to five years; in return for their membership in the community, they receive free housing and meals. For more information, please check out their website (https://www.telluride-house.com/).
  • Reminder: The Academic Success Program is hiring tutors for the Winter semester. Apply by using the following link. As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit a resume and transcript in the application form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Tutorial Coordinator at ath-tutoring@umich.edu

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • Now is a good time to think about study abroad opportunities for next academic year or, if you prefer to be paid for your foreign travel, consider teaching abroad.
  • Actuaries: the annual Drake Symposium, a two-day event geared towards actuarial science students and sponsored by the SOA and CAS, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa the weekend of April 8 and 9. There is also a case competition.
  • Mathematical Sciences Semesters in Guanajuato (MSSG) is an international program open to undergraduate students with a strong grounding in mathematics who want to increase their knowledge of data science, modeling, and partial differential equations from a comprehensive, forward-looking, and cutting-edge perspective while acquiring a solid theoretical foundation and exploring the rich culture of Mexico. More information is here (it looks like some parts of the website have not been fully updated -- click around for 2022 information).
  • The 2022 Big Heart Blood Battle competition against Michigan State, Penn State, and Wisconsin runs until February 23rd.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Careers.

  • The Michigan Undergraduate Consulting Conference is happening February 11, and it offers an opportunity for all undergraduates at the University of Michigan to learn more about the field of consulting.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Robotics Internship Program is a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in a field related to robotics. The program provides opportunities students to intern at federal national laboratories throughout the United States. Begin your search here.
  • The Washington Center's Federal Diversity Internship Initiative offers students the opportunity to test drive a career as a federal employee, gain valuable professional experience and build a network of fellow public servants. Learn more here.
  • The Mathematical Association of America hosts a career site. It has many job postings for undergraduate students of math, but it also has job postings for people with graduate degrees, so you need to work a little.
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation serves as a clearing house for information on education and career training activities in the STEM disciplines. To search through their vast listings, please visit www.pathwaystoscience.org.

 

 

 

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January 13

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The University hosts many outstanding events throughout the day, and I encourage you to attend many or all of them. In particular, the Mathematics Department hosts the annual Marjorie Lee Browne Colloquium. This year Professor Robert Megginson will deliver a talk on Indigenous Mathematics, Including an In-Depth Look at the Number Theory of the Maya at 4PM Monday, January 17, via zoom (Meeting ID: 942 8670 4899 Passcode: 571357).

Today y'all need to help some Canadian students of mathematics (who've been captured by a villain) correctly identify the colour of their hats. To learn more details and help them escape, please plan to attend today's Math Club where Jenny Wilson will discuss Hamming codes and coloured hats. As always, everyone is invited and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360. Not as always, pizza and pop have been replaced by a raffle.

Special Announcement: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for UnBagel Sundays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:00 to discover this week's bagel substitute and work on your homework!

Inspiring words from our history,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Clubs.

The Mathematics undergraduate population supports several clubs. If you don't see what you like, then start your own; the Department is always happy to sponsor mathematically oriented undergraduate organizations. Some clubs that may appeal to you:

  • MFAMS. Through member-only networking events with trading firms, educational seminars, trading competitions, and more, MFAMS puts students on the fast track to a career that uses financial math. See their web site for more details.
  • SAM. If applied math, insurance, or risk interests you, then consider joining the Student Actuaries at Michigan. Over 100 members (mostly actuarial science majors) benefit from the on-campus information sessions, actuarial exam subsidies, and professional networking events that SAM provides. In addition to their strengths in academic and professional development, the SAM Tree Owls frequently make IM sports finals (when those things happen). Visit their web page for more information.
  • STEM Society. STEM Society aims to expose K-12 students, especially in lower socioeconomic areas, to inquiry-based learning in the fields of science and math. They hope to disprove common stereotypes that students may have about science and math as well as to increase the students' awareness of the diverse opportunities available in these fields. In addition, STEM Society strives to provide undergraduates with an interest in teaching or sharing their passion for science and math with opportunities to do so. For more information, please contact them by e-mail at stemsocietyboard@umich.edu.
  • SUMS. The Society of Mathematics Students is an organization whose goal is to facilitate friendships and community amongst mathematics majors and those interested in mathematics.  It is also the undergraduate volunteer arm of Michigan's Math Circle, a program for high school and middle school kids who live and breathe mathematics. If you are interested in joining SUMS on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 beginning September 23rd to help with Math Circle, please contact Stephen DeBacker.
  • UGSAC. The Mathematics Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (UGSAC) was founded to protect the interests of all undergraduates who interact with the department. The council focuses on climate, diversity and inclusion, as well as broader department culture and policy. It also serves to provide feedback on how certain programs are working for or against students in order to foster a positive and inclusive culture within the Mathematics Department. If you are interested in joining, please complete this form.
  • WIM. The Women in Mathematics club seeks to provide social and educational support for women studying mathematics and statistics. They provide opportunities to hear from female speakers in mathematics, allow members to meet others with similar academic interests, and provide peer support for classes and career options. WIM holds study nights, brings in speakers, and arranges group social events. If you have any questions, please e-mail women.in.math.board@umich.edu.

 

Summer:

Opportunities:

  • University of Michigan Science Olympiad (UMSO) is looking for volunteers to help run a (hopefully) in-person math, science, and engineering tournament for middle and high school students on Feb 19th. If you are interested in volunteering you can sign up here or email clararh@umich.edu for more information.
  • The Academic Success Program is hiring tutors for the Winter semester. Apply by using the following link. As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit a resume and transcript in the application form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Tutorial Coordinator at ath-tutoring@umich.edu
  • The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors, for the duration of one semester, to work on an independent study project in Mathematics. These DRP projects can be on a variety of topics - e.g. elementary number theory, dynamical systems, differential geometry, and DRP students may also suggest their own topics as well! Applications are due on Saturday the 15th of January.
  • Sophomores: the Graham Undergraduate Sustainability Scholars Program wants you (but not until early February)! Students of Mathematics who've participated have had excellent experiences (and wonderful opportunities to travel). Alumna Heather Price (2016) says "The Graham Scholars Program has fundamentally changed the way I view the world and my place in it. With such a wide array of perspectives, members of the Graham Scholars Program are able to engage in discussions you won't find anywhere else. The program highlight, however, has been the sustainability field experience. Traveling and exploring topics of sustainability at the same time made for a memorable and meaningful experience I'll never forget!"
  • The start of a new semester is a great time to join (or start) a club. Information about many mathematically oriented organizations on campus may be found above under "Clubs."
  • Math Circle. Now in its twelfth year, Math Circle is a program for high school and middle school kids who live and breathe mathematics; it will meet virtually on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 beginning January 20. I hope that you will consider helping to run the circle by taking some time on Thursday evenings to work with the students in small groups. University Policy requires all Math Circle volunteers to undergo a background check. Please contact Stephen DeBacker for more information.
  • F.E.M.M.E.S. This is an excellent organization. Usually, I advertise many of their programs in the missive. However, they are filling their opportunities so quickly that I've not yet had a chance! So, I recommend that you go check the organization directly.
  • The Nexecon Consulting Group is a student-run, not-for-profit consulting organization at the University of Michigan that serves clients ranging from local startups to Fortune 500 corporations. Interested in joining? Then apply at nexeconconsulting.com
  • Are you studying Nahuatl (which has a vigesimal number system) or another less commonly taught modern language? You might be eligible for a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for the summer or for the academic year. Applications are due by January 15.
  • The deadline for the Association for Women in Mathematics annual essay contest is January 31.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • The Detroit Partnership is looking for volunteers. Check them out.
  • The annual Pi Run will take place on March 12, 2022. Sign up here.
  • The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia has summer grants available for summer research opportunities or internships in Europe and Eurasia.
  • Budapest, Hungary has many opportunities for T-shirt photos. The Budapest Semester in Mathematics application deadline for this coming summer or for the next academic year is February 1.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Careers.

  • The Michigan College Advising Corps (MCAC) is a diverse group of recent University of Michigan graduates working full-time as college advisers in under-served high schools throughout Michigan.  This is an excellent opportunity to do good. (Scroll down for application button.)
  • Looking for help locating an internship for summer 2022? Check out the LSA Opportunity Hub's Internship Program.
  • Speaking of internships, the 2022 LSA Internship Fair will take place Tuesday, February 15 from noon to 4:00 pm. RSVP here.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Internship Program is a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in a field related to high performance computing. Apply here.
  • The Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program (DCERP) is a social justice focused fellowship program run by the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. In summer 2022, DCERP students will work full-time on research projects directed by Detroit nonprofits that focus on community priorities such as environmental health, food security, youth development, human rights, health equity and more! Apply here.
  • The HS-Power Program is open to students majoring in a broad spectrum of homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as DHS mission-relevant research areas. For additional information and to apply, visit: https://zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DHS-POWER-2022-International
  • The LSA Mentorship Program matches current LSA undergrads with LSA alums in a range of industries, identities, and academic backgrounds. Don’t miss this opportunity to get personalized and expert support from a trusted source. Apply Now.
  • The Winter 2022 hiring cycle for Research Professionals at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago has begun. They are currently hiring full-time research assistants to start July 1, 2022, though other start dates will be considered. The program is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. Available positions can be viewed at their website, and applications for the Winter cycle should be submitted by January 31, 2022.
  • MSK Bridge is a two-year postbac/gap year research program for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in science who aspire to pursue biomedical PhDs or MD-PhDs. The inaugural cohort of 10 Bridge Scholars will start in July 2022, with the deadline to receive all application materials: March 30, 2022. More information about MSK Bridge may be found at mskcc.org/bridge.
  • Planning to start a PhD program in Physics in 2023? Then check out the Perimeter Scholars International - Students’ Training Accelerator for Research in Theory (PSI START). Applications will be accepted until January 17.
  • The Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering Program invites you to join their mailing list or an upcoming event to learn how the Berkeley Haas Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) can help you advance your career in finance and/or data science.
  • Michigan's Accelerated Masters' Degree Program will hold an info session on Friday, January 28th 5-6pm EST, Virtual Via ZOOM. Please RSVP.
  • I've been asked to remind you: The Indianapolis Teaching Fellows trains recent college graduates to become exceptional, certified teachers. Their fast-paced six-week summer training program focuses on the essential skills that teachers need most to start strong. For more information, go here.
  • I've been asked to remind you: Brandeis would like for you to think about applying to their computational linguistics masters program.
  • The University Career Center has many events planned for the winter term. Check them out!
  • Graduating seniors and recent graduates may want to consider a job at ArborMetrix, a cutting edge Health Care Analytics company located right here in downtown Ann Arbor. See this page for more information about available positions.
  • Qualtrics would like you to take a look at their job postings. Apply if you are interested.
  • Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), a social policy and research firm looking to recruit Michigan undergraduates for multiple positions. Many Michigan Students of Mathematics have worked with MPR over the years, including Alexandra Killewald.
  • The Mathematical Association of America hosts a career site. It has many job postings for undergraduate students of math, but it also has job postings for people with graduate degrees, so you need to work a little.
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation serves as a clearing house for information on education and career training activities in the STEM disciplines. To search through their vast listings, please visit www.pathwaystoscience.org.

 

 

 

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Dear Students of Mathematics,

Two opportunities with deadlines of 12/20 in which you may be interested.

(A) Michigan Math Hoodies are on sale for the first time ever! Purchase a Michigan Math Hoodie for $50 and help support the Math Corps at the same time!

(B) LoG(M) is accepting applications here -- please click on "Winter 2022" to reveal the application.

Enjoy the holidays,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

 

December 9

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Since you are busy studying for finals, I will keep this short.

The final Math Club of the Fall 2021 semester happens today. The Directed Reading Program (DRP) is winding down for the semester, and at today's Math Club meeting you can enjoy DRP Presentations by your peers Yanjun Chen, Vishal Nayak, and Ashvin Pai. The DRP talks are fantastic and informative -- check them out! As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement I:Michigan Math Hoodies are on sale for the first time ever! Purchase a Michigan Math Hoodie for $50 and help support the Math Corps at the same time! Hoodies are on sale until Dec 20. 

Special Announcement II: Learn how to write the perfect resume!! Tonight at 5:20 pm the LSA Opportunity hub will lead a discussion about resume writing in EH 1360.

Special Announcement III: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for the final Bagel Sunday of Fall 2021! Come to the Math Atrium on Sunday at 11:30 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while studying for your finals!

Take care of yourselves. While it was great to be in person this fall, there is no denying that this was yet another strange and challenging term. Please use the break to take care of yourself -- be sure to eat properly, get some exercise, and spend time safely talking to friends and family.

Have some fun with your finals,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Opportunities:

  • The Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics has an undergraduate research assistant position for the winter term that may be of interest for some students majoring in mathematics.
  • The LoG(M) application (posted here) for Winter 2022 will be open until Dec 19 at 11:59 PM.
  • Learn how to write the perfect resume!! Tonight at 5:20 pm the LSA Opportunity hub will lead a discussion about resume writing in EH 1360.
  • Are you interested in a paid position in the mathematics department for the Winter 2022 term? If you have a good academic record and would like to work in the Math Lab or Gateway Lab, or serve as a course assistant or grader, then apply for a Math position by clicking this link.
  • The Academic Success Program is hiring tutors for the Winter semester. Apply by using the following link. As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit a resume and transcript in the application form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Tutorial Coordinator at ath-tutoring@umich.edu

Careers.

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December 2

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Winter is coming, and it is now time to think about final projects, papers, and exams. Are there shortcuts that will earn you full credit for approximately correct work? Probably not.

But, you can learn about a mathematical answer to the question Full credit for approximately correct? by attending Thomas Anderson's talk at today's Math Club. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

It is good to be a Michigan Wolverine. Michigan prevailed over Ohio State in the blood battle (1549-1099 pints), and your team beat Ohio State's in football (42-27). Even better: you celebrated with class and style. Thank you.

Special Announcement I: Michigan Math Hoodies will be available for the first time ever!! Purchase a special hoodie and support the Math Corps in the process. The hoodies will be on sale by the end of the week - check out the posters hanging up in East Hall for details.

Special Announcement II: Learn how to write the perfect resume!! Next Thursday 9.9.21 at 5:20 pm the LSA Opportunity hub will lead a discussion about resume writing in EH 1360.

Special Announcement III: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework!

My favorite Michigan football story,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

Opportunities:

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • Feeling cooped up? Now is a good time to think about study abroad opportunities for next academic year or, if you prefer to be paid for your foreign travel, consider teaching abroad.
  • Michigan's Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting a hybrid Trends in Tech Talk with Reuben Sorensen, Co-Founder of Orbital Effects. RSVP here.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Careers.

  • Michigan alum Doug Piper now teaches high school math at a prep school called Lawrenceville, and he says you should check out their positions. It's a two-year teaching job, room and board provided, along with a master's degree. Apply here.
  • Maxar technologies, is looking to hire a full-time Research Statistician. Please note that they only hire US citizens.
  • The sixth annual Green Career Fair will be held Wednesday January 26. Be sure to register. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a career fair.
  • The Washington Center's Federal Diversity Internship Initiative offers students the opportunity to test drive a career as a federal employee, gain valuable professional experience and build a network of fellow public servants. Learn more here.
  • The Columbia University Actuarial Science Program would like for you to consider applying to the M.S. in Actuarial Science at Columbia University.
  • MSK Bridge is a two-year post-baccalaureate biomedical research program for recent college graduates who are part of underrepresented or underserved groups who aspire to apply to PhD or MD-PhD programs upon completion of Bridge.
  • The Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences MA program at Columbia University would like to train you to use sophisticated statistical techniques to thrive in an increasingly data-rich world. 
  • The Southern Teachers Agency (STA) helps hundreds of candidates find jobs at outstanding private & independent schools throughout the mid-Atlantic and South. Private schools value candidates who have participated in a teacher certification program, but have the flexibility to hire teachers with a strong academic background in mathematics who have not taken Education courses.
  • SAGA Innovations is working to guarantee that students succeed in math by supplying individualized tutoring in public schools in Chicago and New York City, and they're hiring SAGA fellows for next school year.
  • The Ohio State University would like for you to consider applying to their PhD program in mathematics.
  • The University of Cincinnati graduate programs in Mathematical Sciences and Statistics are accepting new applications.
  • The Mathematical Association of America hosts a career site. It has many job postings for undergraduate students of math, but it also has job postings for people with graduate degrees, so you need to work a little.
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation serves as a clearing house for information on education and career training activities in the STEM disciplines. To search through their vast listings, please visit www.pathwaystoscience.org.

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Dear Students of Mathematics,

When I was in eighth grade, I received a copy of Douglas Adams's trilogy, which apparently now has six parts, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as a gift. I spent a few very happy days curled up on the couch reveling in its utter silliness. One of the quotes from the trilogy that sticks with me to this day is:

This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

There is much to think about in this quote. At today's Math Club you can learn an entirely different perspective on the issue when Roger Natarajan tells you All about money. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Course planning advice. Here is some advice to help you avoid having to make alternate plans for your classes for next term: certain math classes (e.g., 176, 186, 285, 286, 296, 297, 310, 351, 389, 396, 423, 493, 506, 525, 526, 626) require that you add yourself to the waitlist instead of directly registering.   For these courses, you should review the notes in the Course Guide as there may be additional instructions on how to secure a space in the course.  The friendly people in the undergraduate office will process permissions for these courses once they have gathered the relevant enrollment data.  Patience is greatly appreciated.

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend to be happier people.

Remember to be thankful,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

Opportunities:

  • Interested in combinatorics, theoretical computer science, or algorithms? Then be sure to check out Math 416, Theory of Algorithms. Be sure to check out the course description here.
  • Join the knowledge exchange between Spelman College and the University of Michigan School of Public Health tonight. Register here.
  • The Online Undergraduate Resource Fair for the Advancement and Alliance of Marginalized Mathematicians will take place December 4 and 5. Details may be found here.
  • Your Central Student Government is holding Fall 2021 Elections for seats in the Assembly. The election closes at 11:59 PM tonight, and will be accessible on the voting website at vote.umich.edu.
  • Applications are open for the “Zillion’s Women in STEM $2500 Scholarship”. Application Deadline: January 15, 2022.
  • Even though science is exciting, it takes a special skill set to share it with others in a meaningful way. That's why science communication is a field of its own! Check out ALA 270: Science Communication — a two-credit course taught by U(M) Museum of Natural History professionals.
  • Reminder: The infinitely difficult Putnam Competition will happen Saturday, December 4. Students need to register here.
  • Reminder: Michigan Math Mugs are available for purchase! If you are interested in ordering one, please fill out this form. If you have questions about ordering mugs, please email Sarah (kochsc@umich.edu).
  • Reminder: Sophomores and Juniors. Do you have research experience? Do you  plan to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD and research career in a STEM field? Do you want to give your letter writers an opportunity to polish their letters? Then check out the U-M STEM Research Career Award. This scholarship does not require US citizenship; it is open to students from all nationalities and backgrounds. 

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • We still have no Math T-shirt photos of people giving blood in the annual Michigan-Ohio State Blood Battle. The battle is now in its 40th year! Help your school out and do good!
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Careers.

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/missive

 

 

 

 

November 11

Dear Students of Mathematics,

When I was growing up, we often referred to things that were put together in an ad hoc manner as "jerry-rigged." On the other hand, "Gerrymandering" was the word used to describe the process of creating voting districts that favored the ruling party. Because they sound similar, I assumed that the words had similar etymologies. Boy was I wrong!! The term Gerrymander dates to 1812 and is a combination of someone's name (Gerry) and salamander. Meanwhile, the term jerry-rigging has nautical origins dating back to at least the 1780s. We learn something new everyday!

To learn more about how math and gerrymandering play together, please attend today's Math Club where Tim Ryan will discuss How to (not) rig an election! As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Course planning advice. Here is some advice to help you avoid having to make alternate plans for your classes for next term: certain math classes (e.g., 176, 186, 285, 286, 296, 297, 310, 351, 389, 396, 423, 493, 506, 525, 526, 626) require that you add yourself to the waitlist instead of directly registering.   For these courses, you should review the notes in the Course Guide as there may be additional instructions on how to secure a space in the course.  The friendly people in the undergraduate office will process permissions for these courses once they have gathered the relevant enrollment data.  Patience is greatly appreciated.

Special Announcement I: WIM will present a panel discussion on Tuesday, November 16 at 7pm in EH 4448 centered around the question "What advice do you wish you had received as a student of mathematics?" Panelists include: Victoria Booth, Jenny Kenkel, Sarah Koch, and Janet Page.
Join them, and bring your questions!

Special Announcement II: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework! 

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend to be happier people.

Math and Science do prove useful,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

Opportunities:

  • The infinitely difficult Putnam Competition will happen Saturday, December 4. Students need to register here.
  • Michigan Math Mugs are available for purchase! If you are interested in ordering one, please fill out this form. If you have questions about ordering mugs, please email Sarah (kochsc@umich.edu). 
  • If you are really creative, and I know you are, you could work a Math T-shirt photo into you entry f for U(M)'s Science as Art competition.
  • Interested in combinatorics, theoretical computer science, or algorithms? Then be sure to check out Math 416, Theory of Algorithms (same instructor as in 2021).
  • Sophomores and Juniors. Do you have research experience? Do you  plan to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD and research career in a STEM field? Do you want to give your letter writers an opportunity to polish their letters? Then check out the U-M STEM Research Career Award. This scholarship does not require US citizenship; it is open to students from all nationalities and backgrounds. 

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

Careers.

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November 4

Dear Students of Mathematics,

I am fascinated by those results in science and mathematics that were discovered independently and (nearly) simultaneously. While there are many examples of this phenomenon, my favorite is determinants: they were discovered by Seki Takakaza in 1683 and Wilhelm Leibniz in 1684. Because Japan was closed at the time, scholars believe it is extremely unlikely that either knew about the work of the other. So, what was it about that moment in time that created the conditions for determinants to be simultaneously and independently discovered/invented? Even if there is no explanation in this particular case, the abundance of examples of simultaneous discoveries suggests that the larger world exerts a nontrivial influence on the questions people choose to think about in math and science.

To learn more about how math and society influence each other, please attend today's Math Club where Samuel Hansen will discuss Our Social and Mathematical World: A Tale of Bidirectional Impacts. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement I: Michigan's tea happens every weekday at 3:45 in the second floor atrium of East Hall. If you've avoided attending because you don't own a Michigan Mathematics Mug, then lucky you: Michigan Math Mugs are available for purchase! If you are interested in ordering one, please fill out this form. If you have questions about ordering mugs, please email Sarah (kochsc@umich.edu). 

Special Announcement II: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework! 

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend to be happier people.

Maybe the truth is that numbers are responsible for everything,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

  • The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA runs the Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) program for students, including international students, in math and related disciplines who wish to work in teams on real world research projects proposed by a sponsor from industry or a national lab. The deadline for applications is February 14.
  • The David Harold Blackwell Summer Research Institute at UC Berkeley is a six-week competitive summer activity designed to provide research experience to talented undergraduate students. Students will conduct research in Applied Probability, Analysis, or Theoretical Computer Science, under the supervision of faculty members who are experts in these areas.

Opportunities:

  • Sophomore females are invited to visit KeyBank for the 2022 Women in Banking Emerging Leaders Virtual Series.
  • Sophomores and Juniors. Do you have research experience? Do you  plan to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD and research career in a STEM field? Do you want to give your letter writers an opportunity to polish their letters? Then check out the U-M STEM Research Career Award. This scholarship does not require US citizenship; it is open to students from all nationalities and backgrounds. 
  • Circle K is an international co-ed community service organization that focuses on its three tenets of service, leadership, and friendship. In addition to the projects that Circle K hosts daily through its on-line calendar, every year they also host CIRCLE K SERVICE DAY (CKSD). This year, CKSD is Saturday, November 13th. Sounds like a good opportunity to contribute to the Where Has Your Math T-shirt Been? collection and do good.
  • Math 389, Explorations in Mathematics, is unlike any other math course you have ever taken; in this course you will experience first hand the joys and frustrations of creating your own mathematics. The course has a very limited number of seats, so add yourself to the wait list early (and often).
  • Math 551 is a course on measure theory. If (a) you are going to graduate school in statistics, machine learning, math, or any other field that requires a deep understanding of probability and (b) you have taken both 217 and 451, then you should seriously consider taking it.
  • The Laboratory of Geometry at Michigan, an undergraduate research program with emphasis on computing and visualization, should be on your radar. Admitted LoG(M) researchers are expected to enroll in a three credit course which meets on Tuesdays 5:30-8:00pm.
  • Reminder: The National Defense Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship is another absolutely enormous fellowship that will help pay for your graduate education. The application is due December 9th.
  • Reminder: Do you love to program? Looking for a challenge, camaraderie, and fun? Look no further: The UM Computer Programming Team wants you! Join the UM team as they train for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Contact Professor Kevin Compton for more information.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • Come On Out - Japan has launched its 2022 Annual Global English Camp Summer Internship program.  They are currently seeking university students and recent graduates with native level English skills who would be interested in going to Japan. In addition to airfare, lodging, meal and transportation subsidies, the program offers optional Japanese language classes, field trips, dinner/cooking nights, a retreat and at least one overnight trip. These additional opportunities are all designed to add cultural enrichment to your summer abroad experience. Also and excellent opportunity to add to our Math T-shirt photo collection.
  • The Honorary Consul of Switzerland and Michigan alumnus Walter Wegmueller thinks it would be awesome if Michigan students were to get in on the competition for a 2022 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship. I agree, and we could always use more Math T-Shirt Photos from Switzerland
  • We still have no Math T-shirt photos of people giving blood in the annual Michigan-Ohio State Blood Battle. The battle is now in its 40th year! Help your school out and do good starting October 27.
  • FEMMES runs a mentorship program that matches University of Michigan students and scientists with middle school students interested in science. Learn more and volunteer here.
  • Reminder: Looking to attend graduate school in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology, or related disciplines? If so, you may wish to attend The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition to be held virtually at Purdue University on November 7 and 8.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Careers.

  • Michigan Math alum Andre Zapico is looking to hire someone with a strong math and programming background to help grow his consulting business, Likely LLC. Here is a description of the position.
  • The Michigan IOE department is hosting a virtual grad school workshop on Friday, November 19, from 9 to 10 am. It is open to all students who may be interested in a grad degree. Register here.
  • The Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford invites you to attend their Graduate Open Day on November 24th.
  • Cornell's ORIE Master of Engineering program likes Michigan students. If you are interested in using your math to explore Applied Operations Research, Data Analytics, Financial Engineering, Information Technology, Strategic Operations, Systems Engineering, and Manufacturing, then be sure to check out their program.
  • Please sign up for a Handshake account through UofM's Career Center.; it is a good way to keep track of which companies are visiting campus, where to find internships, how to clean up your resume, etc.
  • The IRT helps students committed to social justice and diversity apply to MA or PhD programs within the field of Education, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Check them out!
  • U(M) alum Kelly Compton thinks some of you may be interested in the Post-Bachelor Fellowship program at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). This program is for graduating seniors and recent alumni who are interested in pursuing an career in research, data science, and disease modeling/global health. This three-year program is designed so that candidates will work at IHME while taking classes at UW, with the option of working towards a Master's in Public Health upon completion of the fellowship. I can't tell if there is an open application this year.
  • Princeton would like for you to consider their Master in Finance program as well as their Graduate Certificate in Statistics and Machine Learning.
  • First Derivatives is looking to attract new graduates. Joshua Zeldin (2015) reported that the Data Science and Software Engineering tracks are perfect for mathematics students who are interested in gaining experience in the world of big data and software development and the Financial Engineering track is perfect for students interested in entering finance.
  • Interested in pursuing math and staying in the greater Detroit area? The amazing Dan Isaksen from Wayne State University invites you to consider their PhD program in mathematics.
  • Want to get a masters in biostat while taking "no theoretical probability or statistics classes"? Then check out the biostats masters degree at GVSU.
  • The Ohio State University would like for you to consider their PhD program in mathematics.
  • The Ohio State University would also like for you to consider their Master of Actuarial & Quantitative Risk Management.
  • The Mathematical Association of America hosts a career site. It has many job postings for undergraduate students of math, but it also has job postings for people with graduate degrees, so you need to work a little.
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation serves as a clearing house for information on education and career training activities in the STEM disciplines. To search through their vast listings, please visit www.pathwaystoscience.org.

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October 28

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Sunday is Halloween -- a time to carve pumpkins, to wear cool costumes, to watch horror movies, to model the zombie apocalypse with differential equations, and to do geometry with vampire slayers. Please be safe, and I'd like to hear about it if any of you decide to do this.

Speaking of geometry and differential equations, be sure to attend today's Math Club where Ilesanmi Adeboye will discuss Contact Geometry and Differential Equations. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement I: Learn how to score an internship in math! Today at 5:20 pm the LSA Opportunity hub will lead a discussion about math internships in EH 1360.

Special Announcement II: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework! 

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend to be happier people.

Math and vampire creation,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

  • The Department of Energy is now accepting applications for their summer internship programs.
  • Gotoco (www.go-to.co), set up by Oxford University students, provides English-speaking students with funded opportunities to participate in summer camps in China, where they can work towards a TEFL certificate, learn Mandarin, make new friends, explore the country, and have a unique summer experience.

Opportunities:

  • To increase awareness of women’s ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America  co-sponsor an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in or retired from a mathematical sciences career. Participation is open to middle school, high school, and undergraduate students.
  • Reminder: Correlation One invites you to compete virtually at their upcoming Central Regional Terminal and Central Regional Datathon events. These events are coding and data science competitions respectively, where participating students will compete for $15,000 in cash prizes, and will also be eligible for exclusive recruiting opportunities with Citadel LLC and Citadel Securities.
  • Reminder: Do you love to program? Looking for a challenge, camaraderie, and fun? Look no further: The UM Computer Programming Team wants you! Join the UM team as they train for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Contact Professor Kevin Compton for more information.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • Looking for a fun way to fulfill you upper level writing requirement? Be sure to check out the New England Literature Program. This is an off-site, place-based educational experience offered by the Department of English Language & Literature during each spring semester. Undergraduate students from a broad range of majors and schools are welcome. We have no Math T-shirt photos from the woods of New England.
  • We still have no Math T-shirt photos of people giving blood in the annual Michigan-Ohio State Blood Battle. The battle is now in its 40th year! Help your school out and do good starting October 27.
  • Reminder: Looking to attend graduate school in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology, or related disciplines? If so, you may wish to attend The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition to be held virtually at Purdue University on November 7 and 8.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Careers.

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October 21

Dear Students of Mathematics,

How many different SETs can you make out of the Math Club posters that are posted around the department? If you correctly answer this question (with proof) at Math Club, then you will win a Math T-shirt!!!

But you have to attend to win! So, be sure to attend Math Club to attempt to claim your prize and to learn from Charlotte Chan all about The Game of SET. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement I: WIM is hosting a Graduate Panel next Monday, October 25, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in EH 4096. Please RSVP here.

Special Announcement II: Learn how to score an internship in math! Next Thursday, October 28, at 5:20 pm the LSA Opportunity hub will lead a discussion about math internships in EH 1360.

Special Announcement III: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework! 

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend to be happier people.

Does Picard know something we don't?

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

Opportunities:

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • We still have no Math T-shirt photos of people giving blood in the annual Michigan-Ohio State Blood Battle. The battle is now in its 40th year! Help your school out and do good starting in November.
  • Reminder: Looking to attend graduate school in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology, or related disciplines? If so, you may wish to attend The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition to be held virtually at Purdue University on November 7 and 8.
  • Reminder: Michigan Math (grad) alumnus Kevin Tucker is co-hosting the Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at the University of Illinois, Chicago on Saturday, November 13. Students who have completed an undergraduate mathematical research project are invited to apply by November 1 to give a 20-minute presentation about your project.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.
  • Reminder: We still have no Math T-shirt pictures from the extremely popular Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Applications for the 2022 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics are now open! (By the way, Michigan Math alumna Judy Walker founded this conference ~25 years ago.)

Careers.

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October 14

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Archimedes did many things; for example, he derived the Principle of the Lever, the Law of Buoyancy, the volume of a sphere, ... and he also invented a great many machines such as Archimedes' screw, the compound pulley, the planetarium, ... There are also a few things that he didn't do including inventing the Archimedean Property (Archimedes himself credits it to Eudoxus of Cnidus), inventing the Death Ray (though it makes for creative movie scenes), ...

Archimedes is probably most famous for his use of the term Eureka! -- a phrase you can find in places as varied as the California State motto and an Edgar Allan Poe poem. Most stories agree that Archimedes was running around naked shouting Eureka because he'd just discovered the Law of Buoyancy. Today at Math Club you can learn what all the hoopla was about when Guanhua Sun discusses everything From Archimedes to Cheerios. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement I: Learn how to score an internship in math! On Thursday, October 28, at 5:20 pm the LSA Opportunity hub will lead a discussion about math internships in EH 1360.

Special Announcement II: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am or Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework! 

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend to be happier people.

Another explanation of that Eureka moment,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

  • Juniors: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is accepting applications for its Junior Summer Analyst Program. Candidates should apply by November 1st.
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University, and Weill Cornell Medicine would like for you to know that applications will soon be accepted for the 2022 computational biology summer program sponsored by an R25 grant from the NCI and the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology & Medicine. The application opens November 1.
  • The Washington Center arranges summer internships in D.C. Unfortunately, I don't think you get paid, but you can earn credit.
  • The Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program (DCERP)  is a social justice focused fellowship program run by the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.   In summer 2022, DCERP students will work full-time on research projects directed by Detroit non-profits that focus on community priorities such as environmental health, food security, early learning, youth development, human rights, public health, alternative energy, affordable housing and more!

Opportunities:

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • We still have no Math T-shirt photos of people giving blood in the annual Michigan-Ohio State Blood Battle. The battle is now in its 40th year! Help your school out and do good starting in November.
  • Reminder: Looking to attend graduate school in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology, or related disciplines? If so, you may wish to attend The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition to be held virtually at Purdue University on November 7 and 8.
  • Reminder: Michigan Math (grad) alumnus Kevin Tucker is co-hosting the Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at the University of Illinois, Chicago on Saturday, November 13. Students who have completed an undergraduate mathematical research project are invited to apply by November 1 to give a 20-minute presentation about your project.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.
  • Reminder: We still have no Math T-shirt pictures from the extremely popular Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Applications for the 2022 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics are now open! (By the way, Michigan Math alumna Judy Walker founded this conference ~25 years ago.)

Careers.

  • Seniors: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is accepting applications for its Research Analyst positions (starting in Summer 2022). Candidates should apply by November 1st and are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • In response to the pandemic, Google has moved away from in person recruitment and has developed a virtual event platform and information hub called Careers OnAir. Be sure to check it out!
  • Diffuse is a hedge fund incubator that is currently recruiting for a Junior Trader Job for their decentralized finance fund.
  • Michigan's International Opportunities Fair is planned for October 21.
  • SIAM is hosting a Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, November 9 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT. The SIAM Career Fair provides an opportunity to network with technical staff and recruiters from companies large and small, and from a cross-section of national labs. Register Now.
  • I have been asked to remind you that Chicago is currently hiring full-time research assistants who will work closely on faculty research, with faculty across an array of disciplines.  Positions will be posted throughout the fall and can be found at their website, and job seekers can sign up for their mailing list to be directly contacted about new positions. 
  • The Technical University of Munich would like for you to consider their predoc program in mathematics and TopMath program.
  • Graduating this year and thinking of theoretical physics? Check out the Perimeter Scholars International masters program.
  • The Harvard Business School would like you to check out their PhD programs. They are looking for students to conduct innovative research within a broad range of academic fields, including: Accounting and ManagementBusiness EconomicsHealth Policy ManagementMarketingOrganizational BehaviorStrategy; and Technology and Operations Management. These are all intensive research programs aimed at placing graduates in an institution of higher learning as an Assistant Professor. 
  • Princeton's Bendheim Center for Finance would like for you to consider applying to their Masters in Finance program.
  • UC Berkeley would like for you to consider applying to their one-year Master of Engineering program in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research.
  • Consider applying for General Electric’s early career full-time rotational programs. These provide opportunities for domestic and international assignments as well as leadership, business, and technical training. Two programs that may be of particular interests to students of math are:
    • The Digital Technology Leadership Program is a two-year rotational program to develop enterprise applications that change the world. DTLPs can select assignments across data science, software engineers, and product management roles.
    • The Financial Management Program is a two-year rotational program that includes roles in GE’s core financial competencies: Commercial Finance & Project Financing, Supply Chain Finance, and Financial Planning & Analysis.
  • Historically, high-need students in Indianapolis have not had equal access to an education that adequately prepares them for college and career. Indianapolis Teaching Fellows trains recent college graduates to become exceptional, certified teachers. Their fast-paced six-week summer training program focuses on the essential skills that teachers need most to start strong. For more information, go here.
  • Teach for America (more general than Math for America, but needs math teachers) asks that I remind you that they have rolling monthly deadlines.
  • Wolfram Research is seeking motivated students for its Wolfram Student Ambassador Program. This program gives exemplary students an opportunity to further their tech careers by sharing their enthusiasm for knowledge and technology on their campuses.
  • Michigan's final Fall Job & Internship Fair will take place today, October 13. Please see this page to register.
  • The Mathematical Association of America hosts a career site. It has many job postings for undergraduate students of math, but it also has job postings for people with graduate degrees, so you need to work a little.
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation serves as a clearing house for information on education and career training activities in the STEM disciplines. To search through their vast listings, please visit www.pathwaystoscience.org.

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October 7

Dear Students of Mathematics,

People like to talk about Michigan's alumni network. The Career Center even provides you an easy means to tap into this network. What sort of mathematics would you use to analyze networks like this?

Lucky you! At this week's Math Club you can learn about one of the many math techniques for analyzing networks. So, be sure to attend today's Math Club where Sunita Chepuri will discuss Totally Nonnegative Matrices and Networks. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement I: The 2021-22 WIM/AWM Mentorship Program seeks to support undergraduate students in math who identify with women or other gender minorities by connecting them to alumni or current graduate students/faculty members. To participate fill out this form by 11:59 pm on Friday Oct 8th.

Special Announcement II: Learn how to score an internship in math! On Thursday, October 28, at 5:20 pm the LSA Opportunity hub will lead a discussion about math internships in EH 1360.

Special Announcement III:All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays and Bagel Wednesdays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 amor Wednesdays at 9 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while working on your homework! 

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend to be happier people.

Some crazy analysis of a train network,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

Opportunities:

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • Inspired by the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg, the Wallenberg Fellowship is awarded in the spring of each year to a graduating senior of exceptional promise and accomplishment who is committed to service and the public good. The fellowship provides $25,000 to carry out an independent project of learning or exploration anywhere in the world during the year after graduation.  Check out some of the amazing experiences that past recipients have had and get busy on your application.
  • If you might be interested in doing an internship abroad, please consider the Cultural Vistas Internships Abroad program. What an excellent opportunity to contribute to the math T-shirt picture collection.
  • Reminder: Looking to attend graduate school in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology, or related disciplines? If so, you may wish to attend The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition to be held virtually at Purdue University on November 7 and 8.
  • Reminder: Michigan Math (grad) alumnus Kevin Tucker is co-hosting the Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at the University of Illinois, Chicago on Saturday, November 13. Students who have completed an undergraduate mathematical research project are invited to apply by November 1 to give a 20-minute presentation about your project.
  • Reminder: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.
  • Reminder: We still have no Math T-shirt pictures from the extremely popular Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Applications for the 2022 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics will open October 11. (By the way, Michigan Math alumna Judy Walker founded this conference ~25 years ago.)

Careers.

  • The Department of Defense (DoD) is looking to fill an entry level actuary position.  The DoD Office of the Actuary provides actuarial expertise on all matters relating to military compensation and benefits which includes cost estimates and data analysis for legislative proposals and providing summary statistics on the beneficiary population (see  https://actuary.defense.gov/).   The job posting is here.
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is recruiting for the Director's Financial Analyst position, and they want Math students to apply. This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry.
  • Many students of mathematics have enjoyed working in logistical support positions at TACOM in Warren, MI as Operations Research Analysts. The positions fill quickly, so be on the lookout for them at www.usajobs.gov. (I believe that the positions that are currently open may be found here.)
  • If you ignore their horrible start, the Tigers were actually pretty decent this year. Perhaps you can help make the Tigers even better -- check out this career possibility.
  • Math majors have enjoyed their time as Research Professionals at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Chicago is currently hiring full-time research assistants who will work closely on faculty research, with faculty across an array of disciplines hiring this fall. Positions will be posted throughout the fall and can be found at their website, and job seekers can sign up for their mailing list to be directly contacted about new positions. 
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong would like for you to apply to their Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy program.
  • Washington University in St. Louis would like for you to know their Master of Science in Biostatistics and Data Science (MSBDS) program is accepting applications. They are looking for promising students with a quantitative background (preferably with majors in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or biomedical engineering). 
  • The Master of Science in Computational Finance at Carnegie Melon wrote a brochure to entice you to apply to their program. If you are interested, check out some of their admissions events.
  • The faculty in the Operations Research area at Purdue are actively recruiting bright, highly motivated, and mathematically inclined students to their graduate program to work in big data, smart grid, optimization, cloud computing, climate change, neuroscience, renewable energy, health care, risk assessment, simulation, wireless communications, information theory, network science, game theory, and many more exciting topics. See this page for more details.
  • Vanderbilt would like you to check out their PhD program in Economics and Law.
  • Registration is now open for the next event in the BIG Math Network Industry Connection Series – interactive panels with mathematical scientists working in industry. The next event is on Monday at 5pm. Sign up here.
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University, and Weill Cornell Medicine would like for you to know that applications will soon be accepted for the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology and Medicine.
  • Michigan's Fall Job & Internship Fair will take place on October 1, October 8, and October 13. Please see this page to register.
  • Michigan's International Opportunities Fair is planned for October 21.
  • The Mathematical Association of America hosts a career site. It has many job postings for undergraduate students of math, but it also has job postings for people with graduate degrees, so you need to work a little.
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation serves as a clearing house for information on education and career training activities in the STEM disciplines. To search through their vast listings, please visit www.pathwaystoscience.org.

 

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September 30

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Before computers and calculators, people used mechanical aids like abacuses, adding machines, and slide rules. While abacuses are still widely used in some parts of the world, the slide rule is rarely seen anywhere nowadays. In fact, many of you have probably never even seen a slide rule outside of films about the space race.

What is a slide rule, and how did it work? To find out, be sure to attend today's Math Club where Martin Strauss will discuss why Slide rules rule! As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement I: On Friday, October 1, at 5pm there will be a special meeting of Math Club! The amazing Steven Miller of Williams College will present an Inrtoduwtion to Erorr Dwtetcion and Czorrectmon. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement II: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while getting a good start on your homework! 

Special Announcement III: In an effort to make your Wednesdays a little more enjoyable, the Mathematics Department will have bagels and coffee available in the upper atrium space of East Hall for all of undergraduate students at 9 am

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend be happier people.

Feynman certainly was arrogant,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

Opportunities:

  • Do you love to write? Do you write well? Do you enjoy collaboration? Then you are an ideal candidate for the Sweetland Center's Peer Writing Consultant Program.
  • Correlation One invites you to compete virtually at their upcoming Central Regional Terminal and Central Regional Datathon events. These events are coding and data science competitions respectively, where participating students will compete for $15,000 in cash prizes, and will also be eligible for exclusive recruiting opportunities with Citadel LLC and Citadel Securities.
  • Simio invites you to participate in their biannual simulation contest. In addition to the fame, glory, bragging rights, and opportunity to expose your work to potential employers there will be cash prizes totaling $5550 for the top 4 teams!
  • This January 5th-8th, Jane Street is excited to host their INSIGHT program for the sixth year. They’re inviting women to spend four days learning more about what Jane Street does and how they do it through a set of trading and programming classes and activities. Attendees will receive an in-depth look into the ways they use math and computer science, as well as insight into the different roles that exist within the firm.
  • Bit Project is hosting a Gameathon! Bit Project is a student run organization that works with leading companies like MongoDB, Twitter, and Postman to develop curriculum on a broad range of topics such as Web Development, Data Structures and Algorithms, Machine Learning, and Blockchain, to work towards a future of equitable technical education. At their Gameathon you'll be able to connect with fellow developers, brainstorming together and helping each other as you use everything you’ve learned to make your very own game! No prior experience is required and everyone is welcome — learn more about it at http://gameathon.bitproject.org/!
  • University of Michigan Young Science Innovators (U-MYScI) is a student-run educational outreach organization aimed at increasing diversity and inclusivity in the sciences. If you are interested in directly helping young scientists in the Ann Arbor area and coming up with creative ways to explore science, please consider joining them.
  • What could be more fantastic than the one-two combination of excellent math skills and excellent writing skills? The Sweetland Writing Center's Minor in Writing provides the perfect vehicle for obtaining the latter. Applications are due by Monday, October 25th, via this process: Minor in Writing Application Process.
  • Students of Mathematics have a very impressive track record when it comes to winning the GoldwaterAstronaut, and Churchill Scholarships. (If you are not impressed by the list, remember: Michigan has had only 15 Churchill's in its history and about 14 Astronaut Scholars.) If you have both a GPA above 3.9 and research experience, then you should seriously consider representing Michigan in these national competitions. If you are interested, please contact me pronto.
  • The National Science Foundation has huge, absolutely enormous, graduate fellowships for seniors planning to continue on to graduate school (in many disciplines). Here's how to win one. Apply today -- deadlines fall in October, that is very soon.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • Michigan Math (grad) alumnus Kevin Tucker is co-hosting the Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at the University of Illinois, Chicago on Saturday, November 13. Students who have completed an undergraduate mathematical research project are invited to apply to give a 20-minute presentation about your project.
  • The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.
  • Looking to attend graduate school in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology, or related disciplines? If so, you may wish to attend The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition to be held virtually at Purdue University on November 7 and 8.
  • We still have no Math T-shirt pictures from the extremely popular Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Applications for the 2022 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics will open October 11. (By the way, Michigan Math alumna Judy Walker founded this conference ~25 years ago.)

Careers.

  • Michigan Math alum Beatrix Balogh '13 now works for DVACO, a company in the health industry, doing data analytics. She reports that DVACO is looking to hire on their Analytics team. The position involves reporting and data visualization. You would work with the continuous optimization of their datamarts, databases, and data warehouses. There is also the opportunity to learn more about Azure cloud based ETL. 
  • Opportunity Insights is looking to hire several students to work with their (big data) research group. For more information, go here.
  • Admissions at MIT Sloan School of Management invites you to consider applying to one of these three graduate degrees: MBA Early Admission, Master of Finance, and Master of Business Analytics. To learn more, create an MIT Sloan profile to let them know which program(s) you're interested in. They will email you program information, admissions event invitations, and application tips.
  • You are invited to join Harvard Business School for a Virtual Information Session, in which you will learn about their seven fully funded (this means at no cost to you, and we pay you to study!). Doctoral Programs at HBS. Only a Bachelor’s degree is required to apply, and students are able to apply in their senior year.  They are looking for students with excellent records of academic achievement, demonstrated analytical ability, and aspirations for a rewarding career in business academia. Registration for the webinars is now open.
  • Interested in earning a PhD in business? Please check out the virtual DocNet Recruiting Forum, the last of which will take place from 3 to 6 pm today.
  • The Department of Mathematics at Texas State University is hosting a virtual Graduate Programs Expo on Friday, November 5. The purpose of the Graduate Programs Expo is to provide information about their programs to students considering graduate study in mathematics and mathematics education.  
  • Thinking about graduate school? Interested in biostatistics? UCSD wants you to apply to their PhD program in biostats.
  • Do you want to explore innovative ways to use this data to influence critical decisions? Then check out DataScience@Denver, the online Master of Science in Data Science program from University of Denver's Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science.
  • Michigan's Fall Job & Internship Fair will take place on October 1, October 8, and October 13. Please see this page to register.
  • Michigan's International Opportunities Fair is planned for October 21.
  • The Mathematical Association of America hosts a career site. It has many job postings for undergraduate students of math, but it also has job postings for people with graduate degrees, so you need to work a little.
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation serves as a clearing house for information on education and career training activities in the STEM disciplines. To search through their vast listings, please visit www.pathwaystoscience.org.

 

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/missive

 

 

September 23

Dear Students of Mathematics,

I grew up listening to the exploits of Chickenman. Having nothing better to do, my friends and I would debate which Chickenman radio episodes were the best. With over 330 episodes created between 1965 and 1977, we were never able to arrive at a definitive pecking order, much less the best episode ever.

Was it even possible to order the Chickenman episodes? To find out, be sure to attend today's Math Club where Jenny Kenkel will discuss The King Chicken Theorems. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement I: Math T-shirt tie dyeing is back! Join WIM and tie dye your own one-of-a-kind math shirt! In order to make sure there are enough supplies to go around, please fill out this form before Sunday, September 26th, if you're interested in attending. Date and time are TBD, but expected to be early to mid-October.

Special Announcement II: Integration Bee! Have fun solving integrals (with a little help from your friends) and win Michigan Math t-shirts! Everyone is welcome! The integration bee will take place Sunday, September 26, at noon in the Upper Math Atrium (to be moved outside if weather is nice).

Special Announcement III: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while getting a good start on your homework! 

Special Announcement IV: In an effort to make your Mondays a little more enjoyable, the Mathematics Department will have bagels and coffee available in the upper atrium space of East Hall for all of undergraduate students at 9 am

 

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend be happier people.

May your answers be as correct as those of this chicken,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Summer:

Opportunities:

  • SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equations Modeling is an opportunity for teams of three undergraduate students to engage in modeling using differential equations. Win fame and glory for U(M)!
  • Interested in improving your English fluency? Then join a virtual conversation circle!
  • The Hertz Foundation offers pretty big fellowships to help pay for graduate school in a broad array of STEM disciplines. Click here for more information.
  • F.E.M.M.E.S. hosts many activities designed to encourage girls to learn and explore their potential in science, technology, engineering, and math. Check out their webpage for more information.
  • The Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics has an annual scholarship for pre-service teachers concentrating in math. (It looks like their webpage has not been updated during the pandemic, sorry.)
  • The popular Math in Moscow Program may be running remotely in spring 2022-- you need to apply by November 15.
  • The National Collegiate Honors Council runs the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. They are looking for submissions from y'all.
  • Scientista at Michigan is a chapter of the national non-profit, Scientista Foundation, which seeks to empower pre-professional women in the professions of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To this end, the Executive Board helps plan and organize events such as inspirational talks and panels, networking lunches, and workshops.
  • Integration Bee! Have fun solving integrals (with a little help from your friends) and win Michigan Math t-shirts! Everyone is welcome! The integration bee will take place September 26 at noon. Location to be determined.
  • Math Circle. Now in its twelfth year, Math Circle is a program for high school and middle school kids who live and breathe mathematics; it will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 beginning September 243h. I hope that you will consider helping to run the circle by taking some time on Thursday evenings to work with the students in small groups. University Policy requires all Math Circle volunteers to undergo a background check. Please contact Stephen DeBacker for more information.
  • Students of Mathematics have a very impressive track record when it comes to winning the GoldwaterAstronaut, and Churchill Scholarships. (If you are not impressed by the list, remember: Michigan has had only 15 Churchill's in its history and about 14 Astronaut Scholars.) If you have both a GPA above 3.9 and research experience, then you should seriously consider representing Michigan in these national competitions. If you are interested, please contact me pronto.
  • The National Science Foundation has huge, absolutely enormous, graduate fellowships for seniors planning to continue on to graduate school (in many disciplines). Here's how to win one. Apply today -- deadlines fall in October, that is very soon.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • *Math T-shirt Tie Dyeing*: Math T-shirt tie dyeing is back! Join WIM and tie dye your own one-of-a-kind math shirt! In order to make sure we have enough supplies to go around, please fill out this form before Sunday, September 26th, if you're interested in attending. Date and time are TBD, but expected to be early to mid-October.
  • The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Friday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.
  • Looking to attend graduate school in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology, or related disciplines? If so, you may wish to attend The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition to be held virtually at Purdue University on November 7 and 8.
  • We still have no Math T-shirt pictures from the extremely popular Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Applications for the 2022 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics will open October 11. (By the way, Michigan Math alumna Judy Walker founded this conference ~25 years ago.)
  • To help preserve your summer memories be sure to send in your Math T-shirt photos for the Where Has Your Math T-shirt Been? web page. Math T-shirts are available for purchase (seven dollars; exact change only) in the Undergraduate Student Services Office located at East Hall 2082.

Careers.

Clubs.

The Mathematics undergraduate population supports several clubs. If you don't see what you like, then start your own; the Department is always happy to sponsor mathematically oriented undergraduate organizations. Some clubs that may appeal to you:

  • MFAMS. Through member-only networking events with trading firms, educational seminars, trading competitions, and more, MFAMS puts students on the fast track to a career that uses financial math. See their web site for more details.
  • SAM. If applied math, insurance, or risk interests you, then consider joining the Student Actuaries at Michigan. Over 100 members (mostly actuarial science majors) benefit from the on-campus information sessions, actuarial exam subsidies, and professional networking events that SAM provides. In addition to their strengths in academic and professional development, the SAM Tree Owls frequently make IM sports finals (when those things happen). Visit their web page for more information.
  • STEM Society. STEM Society aims to expose K-12 students, especially in lower socioeconomic areas, to inquiry-based learning in the fields of science and math. They hope to disprove common stereotypes that students may have about science and math as well as to increase the students' awareness of the diverse opportunities available in these fields. In addition, STEM Society strives to provide undergraduates with an interest in teaching or sharing their passion for science and math with opportunities to do so. For more information, please contact them by e-mail at stemsocietyboard@umich.edu.
  • SUMS. The Society of Mathematics Students is an organization whose goal is to facilitate friendships and community amongst mathematics majors and those interested in mathematics.  It is also the undergraduate volunteer arm of Michigan's Math Circle, a program for high school and middle school kids who live and breathe mathematics. If you are interested in joining SUMS on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 beginning September 23rd to help with Math Circle, please contact Stephen DeBacker.
  • UGSAC. The Mathematics Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (UGSAC) was founded to protect the interests of all undergraduates who interact with the department. The council focuses on climate, diversity and inclusion, as well as broader department culture and policy. It also serves to provide feedback on how certain programs are working for or against students in order to foster a positive and inclusive culture within the Mathematics Department. If you are interested in joining, please complete this form.
  • WIM. The Women in Mathematics club seeks to provide social and educational support for women studying mathematics and statistics. They provide opportunities to hear from female speakers in mathematics, allow members to meet others with similar academic interests, and provide peer support for classes and career options. WIM holds study nights, brings in speakers, and arranges group social events. If you have any questions, please e-mail women.in.math.board@umich.edu.

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/missive

 

 

September 16

Dear Students of Mathematics,

The line of people at last week's extraordinarily successful post-Math Club extravaganza was pretty long. Let's make the line for pizza and pop even longer this week!

How long can a line be? To find out, be sure to attend today's Math Club where Bradley Zykoski will discuss The Long Line. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk, outside), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement I: Women in Mathematics (WIM) is a club that seeks to provide academic, professional, and social support for women and non-binary students studying or interested in mathematics, statistics, or data science. WIM will host a MASS MEETING this Friday, Sep 17, 7-8 PM EST at EQB856. Please RSVP here.

Special Announcement II: The Walking Club, which provides students of math with a chance to socialize outdoors and exercise a bit, meets outside of the Starbucks on South University (1214 S University Ave) at 6:05 am with a return time of 7:30 am every Monday through Thursday. Join the Walking Club's discord server for updates about meeting time and location.

Special Announcement III: All U(M) undergraduate students of mathematics are welcome to join us for Bagel Sundays! Come to the Math Atrium on Sundays at 11:30 am to enjoy free bagels + cream cheese while getting a good start on your homework! 

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend be happier people.

May all your teachers be this inspiring,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

 

Opportunities:

  • Need funding for your student organization? Check out the Student Organization Funding Committee (SOFC)! SOFC is the branch of the Central Student Government that distributes funds to University-registered student organizations. Serving students from all 19 U-M schools and colleges, we are the largest student organization funding body on campus. To learn how to access these funds and apply for one of our weekly waves this semester, check out their website or email them at csgfunding@umich.edu
  • Join the NAM Undergraduate MATHFest XXXI! The virtual program will take place between Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 on Zoom. The program will feature undergraduate student poster and oral presentations, information about graduate school, networking and Problem Time. Register here.
  • masteryhour.org, a new non-profit project which provides free math tutoring to K-12th grade children in Title I schools via zoom, is in urgent need of more volunteers. Here is some information about the program and becoming a tutor
  • Women in Mathematics (WIM) is a club that seeks to provide academic, professional, and social support for women and non-binary students studying or interested in mathematics, statistics, or data science. WIM provides opportunities to hear from women or gender minorities who use mathematics in their professional lives, meet other students with similar academic interests, and receive peer support for classes and career options. To achieve this, WIM holds a variety of academic, professional development, and social events each semester. This year, WIM plans to host many different events. If you're interested in reading about WIM's past events, here's a list of the events and programs WIM held last academic year. Interested in joining WIM? Simply fill out this 2-min survey to join our mailing list. WIM will host a MASS MEETING this Friday, Se 17, 7-8 PM EST at EQB856. Please RSVP here.
  • Integration Bee! Have fun solving integrals (with a little help from your friends) and win Michigan Math t-shirts! Everyone is welcome! The integration bee will take place September 26 at noon. Location to be determined.
  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematical Education (BSME) is a study abroad program in mathematics education. BSME participants explore the Hungarian pedagogy, in which a strong and explicit emphasis is placed on problem solving, mathematical creativity, and communication. BSME is applications for all terms in 2022. Be sure to apply through CGIS. More information here.
  • Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that engages youth in Detroit? If so, Give Merit’s mentorship program, FATE, is looking for University of Michigan students to become mentors.  Check out this video to learn more about the FATE Program.
  • Math Circle. Now in its twelfth year, Math Circle is a program for high school and middle school kids who live and breathe mathematics; it will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 beginning September 243h. I hope that you will consider helping to run the circle by taking some time on Thursday evenings to work with the students in small groups. University Policy requires all Math Circle volunteers to undergo a background check. Please contact Stephen DeBacker for more information.
  • Students of Mathematics have a very impressive track record when it comes to winning the GoldwaterAstronaut, and Churchill Scholarships. (If you are not impressed by the list, remember: Michigan has had only 15 Churchill's in its history and about 14 Astronaut Scholars.) If you have both a GPA above 3.9 and research experience, then you should seriously consider representing Michigan in these national competitions. If you are interested, please contact me pronto.
  • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation provides up to $30,000 for the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Students apply in their third undergraduate year and should have an outstanding record of public service activities and leadership. Michigan has yet to have a student of mathematics win this prestigious award.
  • The Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Award is designed to allow recipients to take part in a community service project outside of the United States. Check out some of the amazing experiences that past recipients have had and get busy on your application.
  • The National Science Foundation has huge, absolutely enormous, graduate fellowships for seniors planning to continue on to graduate school (in many disciplines). Here's how to win one. Apply today -- deadlines fall in October, that is very soon.
  • The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics.
  • Other National scholarships that might be for you: Thermo-Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program (recently won by a chemist with a math minor at Trinity University) and the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program. NOTE: the deadlines are far off in the future.
  • The Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) department is organizing a workshop aimed at helping domestic undergraduate students learn about industrial and operations engineering and how to prepare applications to IE-related grad programs. The all-day workshop will be in-person on Oct 8, and the application deadline for local participants (for whom IOE will will cover the cost of transportation and parking on the day of the workshop, if needed) is September 19, 2021. The application link is: https://forms.gle/ejdCzYUJ436GEK9n7 (once you fill out the form, please also send your CV and transcript to ioe.gradadmission@umich.edu following the instruction at the bottom of the form).
  • The ¡Mathematics Sin Fronteras! conference will run for 8 Thursdays beginning next week. You will need to register, so check out their web page.
  • “R” For Actuaries and Data Scientists was developed with a focus towards individuals pursuing actuarial science or data science career paths but any individual wishing to learn R-Programming and how to take advantage of the valuable features of “R” will greatly benefit from this program. Learn more here.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • Looking to attend graduate school in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology, or related disciplines? If so, you may wish to attend The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition to be held virtually at Purdue University on November 7 and 8.
  • We still have no Math T-shirt pictures from the extremely popular Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Applications for the 2022 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics will open October 11. (By the way, Michigan Math alumna Judy Walker founded this conference ~25 years ago.)
  • To help preserve your summer memories be sure to send in your Math T-shirt photos for the Where Has Your Math T-shirt Been? web page. Math T-shirts are available for purchase (seven dollars; exact change only) in the Undergraduate Student Services Office located at East Hall 2082.

Careers.

Clubs.

The Mathematics undergraduate population supports several clubs. If you don't see what you like, then start your own; the Department is always happy to sponsor mathematically oriented undergraduate organizations. Some clubs that may appeal to you:

  • MFAMS. Through member-only networking events with trading firms, educational seminars, trading competitions, and more, MFAMS puts students on the fast track to a career that uses financial math. See their web site for more details.
  • SAM. If applied math, insurance, or risk interests you, then consider joining the Student Actuaries at Michigan. Over 100 members (mostly actuarial science majors) benefit from the on-campus information sessions, actuarial exam subsidies, and professional networking events that SAM provides. In addition to their strengths in academic and professional development, the SAM Tree Owls frequently make IM sports finals (when those things happen). Visit their web page for more information.
  • STEM Society. STEM Society aims to expose K-12 students, especially in lower socioeconomic areas, to inquiry-based learning in the fields of science and math. They hope to disprove common stereotypes that students may have about science and math as well as to increase the students' awareness of the diverse opportunities available in these fields. In addition, STEM Society strives to provide undergraduates with an interest in teaching or sharing their passion for science and math with opportunities to do so. For more information, please contact them by e-mail at stemsocietyboard@umich.edu.
  • SUMS. The Society of Mathematics Students is an organization whose goal is to facilitate friendships and community amongst mathematics majors and those interested in mathematics.  It is also the undergraduate volunteer arm of Michigan's Math Circle, a program for high school and middle school kids who live and breathe mathematics. If you are interested in joining SUMS on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 beginning September 23rd to help with Math Circle, please contact Stephen DeBacker.
  • UGSAC. The Mathematics Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (UGSAC) was founded to protect the interests of all undergraduates who interact with the department. The council focuses on climate, diversity and inclusion, as well as broader department culture and policy. It also serves to provide feedback on how certain programs are working for or against students in order to foster a positive and inclusive culture within the Mathematics Department. If you are interested in joining, please complete this form.
  • WIM. The Women in Mathematics club seeks to provide social and educational support for women studying mathematics and statistics. They provide opportunities to hear from female speakers in mathematics, allow members to meet others with similar academic interests, and provide peer support for classes and career options. WIM holds study nights, brings in speakers, and arranges group social events. If you have any questions, please e-mail women.in.math.board@umich.edu.

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/missive

 

September 9

Dear Students of Mathematics,

February 27, 2020. That was the last in-person meeting of Math Club. After 560 days of zooming, it will be very good to see everyone again at today's Math Club where Nate Harman will discuss Polynomials, permutations, and the Paris metro. As always, everyone is invited, pizza and pop will be served (after the talk, outside), and it all happens today at 4PM Ann Arbor time in East Hall 1360.

Special Announcement: You are invited to join the Math Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (UGSAC). As students, you experience the effects of many decisions that are made by the Math Department and the University. The Mathematics Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (UGSAC) was founded to protect the interests of all undergraduates who interact with the department. The council focuses on climate, diversity and inclusion, as well as broader department culture and policy. It also serves to provide feedback on how certain programs are working for or against students in order to foster a positive and inclusive culture within the Mathematics Department. If you are interested in joining, please complete this form.

All sorts of announcements and opportunities may be found below my signature. Students who click through the announcements tend be happier people, just saying.

Welcome back to school,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu

 

All postings below are included due to their potential interest to students of mathematics. This does not imply endorsement of any particular program, opportunity, employer, etc.

Summer:

  • Girls Who Invest (GWI) is a 10-week summer intensive program which offers a tuition-free introduction to asset management, access to career development resources, and an incredible community of women and partner firms who are making an impact in finance. Apply here.
  • There are many internship opportunities at the National Security Agency. Applications are due around this time of year. This includes The Director's Summer Program.

Opportunities:

  • The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors, for the duration of one semester, to work on an independent study project in Mathematics. These DRP projects can be on a variety of topics - e.g. elementary number theory, dynamical systems, differential geometry, and DRP students may also suggest their own topics as well! The organizational meeting will be held via zoom on Thursday, September 9, at 4:30 pm.
  • Math Circle. Now in its twelfth year, Math Circle is a program for high school and middle school kids who live and breathe mathematics; it will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 beginning September 243h. I hope that you will consider helping to run the circle by taking some time on Thursday evenings to work with the students in small groups. University Policy requires all Math Circle volunteers to undergo a background check. Please contact Stephen DeBacker for more information.
  • Women in Math (WIM) is a club that seeks to provide academic, professional, and social support for women and non-binary students studying or interested in mathematics, statistics, or data science. WIM provides opportunities to hear from women or gender minorities who use mathematics in their professional lives, meet other students with similar academic interests, and receive peer support for classes and career options. To achieve this, WIM holds a variety of academic, professional development, and social events each semester. Here's a list of the events and programs WIM held in pre-pandemic times. Interested in joining WIM? Simply fill out this 2-min survey to join their mailing list.
  • Michigan Interactive Investments (MII), a Michigan undergraduate student-run investment club, has traditionally sought math majors interested in finance to apply. MII has a stellar recruiting record. Many of their members have gone to intern and work at Apollo Global Management, The Blackstone Group, Bridgewater Associates, Centerview Partners, Intergroup, Evermore, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and RBC Capital Markets. They will have a mass meeting on September 10 from 6 to 7 pm in Blau 1580.
  • How many of you remember Marlin Perkins? He was awesome. His sponsor, Mutual of Omaha, is offering a Summer 2022 Actuarial Diversity Scholarship.
  • The National Science Foundation has huge, absolutely enormous, graduate fellowships for seniors planning to continue on to graduate school (in many disciplines). Here's how to win one. Apply today -- deadlines fall in October, that is very soon.
  • The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics.
  • Michigan Math alumna Sophia Kaplan reports that "one of my favorite things I did in Ann Arbor was tutor math at Peace Neighborhood Center, and so I am passing this opportunity along and highly recommending it to all math undergrads. Not only will you help a local high school student succeed academically, you will also get to know your tutee on a personal level and form a real relationship with them. Please put your amazing math talents to a good and important use and consider volunteering at Peace - it is something well worth making time for!"
  • Wolfram would like for you to use their products. To encourage you, they are offering live, hand-on training sessions.
  • Upchieve is a nonprofit whose mission is to give every low-income high school student access to a live tutor any time they need it. If you would like to volunteer to help out, please go here.
  • Frog Tutoring is looking for tutors. Apply here. Please, please, please: make sure that you are part of the solution, and not part of the problem.

T-shirt Photo Opportunities:

  • Many undergraduates enjoy attending the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics; the deadline for the spring term is usually mid September. Visit BSM CGIS age to learn more. Mathematics alumna Amanda B. participated in the Budapest program twice and "highly recommends BSM for any math student with a sense of adventure."
  • Looking to attend graduate school in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology, or related disciplines? If so, you may wish to attend The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition to be held virtually at Purdue University on November 7 and 8.
  • We still have no Math T-shirt pictures from the extremely popular Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Applications for the 2022 Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics will open October 11. (By the way, Michigan Math alumna Judy Walker founded this conference ~25 years ago.)
  • To help preserve your summer memories be sure to send in your Math T-shirt photos for the Where Has Your Math T-shirt Been? web page. Math T-shirts are available for purchase (seven dollars; exact change only) in the Undergraduate Student Services Office located at East Hall 2082.

Careers.

  • The Kresge Foundation is looking for a math major for this position. U(M) Math alum Alison Elgass has this to say about the position: “It’s a great position to get started in investing. I like that you get to see a lot of different sides of the industry; you never get stuck covering just one thing. Plus the math background transfers well since the work is very logical, you don’t necessarily need a background in finance, just a willingness to learn. Plus the people are great!”
  • D. E. Shaw's recruiting team is now accepting applications for their internship and full-time roles. Michigan students who have participated in D.E. Shaw's programs in the past report that it is an amazing experience. It is also a good place to play ping-pong.
  • The BIG Math Network  hosts an Industry Connection Series. The next is on September 14 and features math folks from Target and Kinaxis talking about supply chains.
  • NASA wants students of Math, too. Their DEVELOP Program is a (paying) opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science.
  • The Organization of Latino Actuaries Academy (OLAA) provides support on resume reviews, mock interviews, LinkedIn setup, and networking. Additionally, OLAA gives students access to virtual career fairs. Apply here.
  • The Equality of Opportunity Project pre-doctoral fellowship program also wants students of mathematics. Student of Mathematics Nathaniel Hendren and his colleagues are looking to hire several students. Most previous fellows have gone on to top Ph.D. programs in economics or related fields. Further details and application instructions may be found here.
  • Michigan's Center for Entrepreneurship asks that you check out their two entrepreneurial practice programs called Entrepreneurs Leadership Program and TechLab at Mcity. Both look like excellent opportunities for students of mathematics!
  • AIESEC has many wonderful math T-shirt photo opportunities. Through AIESEC you can do (paid) intern work in financial mathematics, business analysis, education, and many others fields in over 100 countries.
  • Teach for America (more general than Math for America, but needs math teachers) has rolling monthly deadlines (beginning in August) that end in February.
  • The Society of Women Engineers hosts corporate information sessions throughout the year; if there is a company you'd like to talk to, be sure to head up north and check the company out. 

Clubs.

The Mathematics undergraduate population supports several clubs. If you don't see what you like, then start your own; the Department is always happy to sponsor mathematically oriented undergraduate organizations. Some clubs that may appeal to you:

  • MFAMS. Through member-only networking events with trading firms, educational seminars, trading competitions, and more, MFAMS puts students on the fast track to a career that uses financial math. See their web site for more details.
  • SAM. If applied math, insurance, or risk interests you, then consider joining the Student Actuaries at Michigan. Over 100 members (mostly actuarial science majors) benefit from the on-campus information sessions, actuarial exam subsidies, and professional networking events that SAM provides. In addition to their strengths in academic and professional development, the SAM Tree Owls frequently make IM sports finals (when those things happen). Visit their web page for more information.
  • STEM Society. STEM Society aims to expose K-12 students, especially in lower socioeconomic areas, to inquiry-based learning in the fields of science and math. They hope to disprove common stereotypes that students may have about science and math as well as to increase the students' awareness of the diverse opportunities available in these fields. In addition, STEM Society strives to provide undergraduates with an interest in teaching or sharing their passion for science and math with opportunities to do so. For more information, please contact them by e-mail at stemsocietyboard@umich.edu.
  • SUMS. The Society of Mathematics Students is an organization whose goal is to facilitate friendships and community amongst mathematics majors and those interested in mathematics.  It is also the undergraduate volunteer arm of Michigan's Math Circle, a program for high school and middle school kids who live and breathe mathematics. If you are interested in joining SUMS on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 beginning September 23rd to help with Math Circle, please contact Stephen DeBacker.
  • WIM. The Women in Mathematics club seeks to provide social and educational support for women studying mathematics and statistics. They provide opportunities to hear from female speakers in mathematics, allow members to meet others with similar academic interests, and provide peer support for classes and career options. WIM holds study nights, brings in speakers, and arranges group social events. If you have any questions, please e-mail women.in.math.board@umich.edu.

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/missive

 

September 7

Dear Students of Mathematics,

Welcome back! There are a few events that cannot wait for the regular Thursday mailing, so I list them here:

  • The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors, for the duration of one semester, to work on an independent study project in Mathematics. These DRP projects can be on a variety of topics - e.g. elementary number theory, dynamical systems, differential geometry, and DRP students may also suggest their own topics as well! The organizational meeting will be held via zoom on Thursday, September 9, at 4:30 pm.
  • MFAMS. Through member-only networking events with trading firms, educational seminars, trading competitions, and more, MFAMS puts students on the fast track to a career that uses financial math. A mass meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8, 2021
    from 7 to 8 pm at this zoom location.
    See their web site for more details.
  • QIS. If  creating algorithms and building models for the financial world is your thing, then consider joining the Quantitative Investment Society. Applications are due by Friday, September 10, at 11:59 pm.
  • SAM. If applied math, insurance, or risk interests you, then consider joining the Student Actuaries at Michigan. Over 100 members (mostly actuarial science majors) benefit from the on-campus information sessions, actuarial exam subsidies, and professional networking events that SAM provides. In addition to their strengths in academic and professional development, the SAM Tree Owls frequently make IM sports finals (when those things happen). A mass meeting will be held tonight, Tuesday, in East Hall 1324 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Visit their web page for more information.
  • STEM Society. STEM Society aims to expose K-12 students, especially in lower socioeconomic areas, to inquiry-based learning in the fields of science and math. They hope to disprove common stereotypes that students may have about science and math as well as to increase the students' awareness of the diverse opportunities available in these fields. In addition, STEM Society strives to provide undergraduates with an interest in teaching or sharing their passion for science and math with opportunities to do so. A mass meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7, from 5 to 6pm in 1866 East Hall. For more information, please contact them by e-mail at stemsocietyboard@umich.edu.

Be sure to be like Mr. Duffy and study,

--Stephen

Stephen DeBacker
Undergraduate Program Director
mathematics-upd@umich.edu