Reactions from several WU mathematics majors who attended the UNL Conference in past years
I am very glad that I attended NCUWM. I feel that I learned a lot about the options that I have for after I graduate. And, I got a chance to meet and network with women in my field from all across the nation. The conference was a great chance to learn what impacts women are making in the field and to hear a woman's perspective on being a mathematician.
The UNL Undergraduate Women's Math Conference is a great opportunity to present research you've done, see what opportunities open up with a math major, and meet like-minded women. Even though I haven't had the opportunity to do math research in the past, I have a better perspective of the large range from modeling biological processes or socioeconomic statuses to analyses of topology or knot theory. I was amazed at what my peers have accomplished, inspiring me to take the jump into math research. Through the people I met at the Conference, I have begun the invaluable networking process of getting to know professors and fellow students in the field.
I had an absolutely amazing experience at NCUWM getting to meet other female students and professionals, as well as presenting my summer research in a talk. It was a really energizing and meaningful experience at the beginning of a tough semester. If I have the chance to go back next year, I will go in a heartbeat!
I strongly recommend this conference to every female undergrad who is interested in the mathematical sciences. In the conference, you will get to know many like-minded peers, and hear from professionals helpful advice on grad school and on careers related to math. It also provides you a great opportunity to show (give presentation or use poster) the research you’ve done. While I attended the conference as a senior, the conference will make a great experience for a sophomore or junior, especially if you are a dedicated math major. I met other seniors who talked about missing REU experiences, and wished they had joined the conference earlier so that they got to see what other people were doing, and know the different opportunities out there that involved math. And I think our math department can promote this conference more among lowerclassmen.
The Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with female faculty, graduate students, and professionals who have applied mathematics in a variety of industries. I was able to learn about summer opportunities, get career and graduate school advice, and explore the unique problems and possibilities open to mathematicians. I presented my research at the conference, gaining experience and exposure.
I learned about great opportunities and met lots of nice girls at the conference. It reminded me of the beauty and versatility of mathematics.
Attending the University of Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics allowed me to interact directly with current graduate students in mathematics, learn about careers in academia and industry, and explore summer opportunities related to math. The conference was impeccably organized, with flexible activities and sessions to allow each student to tailor the experience to her interests. The conference intensified my interest in pursuing math during the summer and in my career. The graduate students provided excellent advice about grad school applications, what criteria to consider, and graduate student life. By attending undergraduate talks, I witnessed the possibilities for undergraduate research and summer work. I would recommend this conference to students who are dedicated math majors trying to strengthen their skills and decide on grad schools, but also to students who are less certain about their interests. The conference would be a great first step in deciding whether or not to pursue mathematics, especially for a freshman or sophomore.
I'm glad that I went to the conference and I appreciate the math department paying for the trip. The conference is a great way to be exposed to different aspects of mathematics graduate school and many topics of research projects that involve math. There were also chances to meet with leaders of summer programs and other professionals who use math in their careers. The conference provided many tips about applying to and choosing a graduate school and statistics programs as well. There were also plenty of opportunities to ask any other random questions and network with professionals and other students. I would recommend it to other math majors, as it is a great way to find out about graduate school while also making connections with other people in the math field.
I enjoyed the conference a lot. It was a great opportunity to be able to go. I got to hear other undergraduates present their research and I presented research I did last summer. Also, they described a lot of opportunities in summer research programs as well as other programs for women in math. The keynote speakers were also pretty good. In addition, they had panel discussions about graduate school, life as a mathematician, and careers in math.
As a junior, it was nice to attend the conference, but I think it would be very worthwhile to encourage sophomores and freshman majors, because at the conference they describe a lot of opportunities that are good for underclassmen to know about. I think it would be good to email students at the beginning of the spring semester, letting them know about this conference.
I found the conference particularly helpful considering that I do not yet know what I'd like to do with my degree. It was extremely helpful in spelling out the many options I have with a math degree--it gave me a direction. A lot of attention was paid to careers and graduate school. For example, different jobs available and their requirements, how much a Masters/Ph.D is worth in different fields, etc. Also, how to choose a grad school, how to prepare for grad school, important things to consider, how to pay for grad school, etc. A great many of the tips I received would be helpful to sophomores and juniors--by senior year, it is too late for a lot of the things they spoke about. If there are any undergrads who are doing research and would like the opportunity to present, this is an excellent forum, as there were many undergrads who gave talks. Many of the more advanced talks (by professors or grad students) were over my head, but I haven't had combinatorics, topology, number theory, etc. yet. Overall, a great experience that I definitely recommend.
I thought the math conference was terrific, and I think that the university should absolutely continue to help the students financially so they can attend. I would not have been able to go had WashU not picked up the tab. It was a great experience, I met some very bright girls, and it made me seriously consider grad school. I would recommend the program to anyone. Thanks!
The conference is a great way to be exposed to different aspects of mathematics graduate school and many topics of research projects that involve math. There were also chances to meet with leaders of summer programs and other professionals who use math in their careers. The conference provided many tips about applying to and choosing a graduate school and statistics programs as well. There were also plenty of opportunities to ask any other random questions and network with professionals and other students. I would recommend it to other math majors, as it is a great way to find out about graduate school while also making connections with other people in the math field.
I attended the conference, which was well organized and very interesting. There were several panel discussions about careers and graduate school, as well as research presentations. I was able to be in the poster presentation and talk about the research I did this summer.
This conference is a great opportunity to know more about grad schools in Math, Summer Research Openings, Careers for women in Math and what's more to share our love for Math with other students, panelists, and professions. It is amazing to know that there are so many talented math major women undergraduates around this country. For me, the best part of this conference is the pizza talks, you can stop by any table and each was assigned by a panelist from different backgrounds. We were sitting next to them, releasing my concerns, and getting the feedback immediately! It was really good to hear other people's experience in Math. I recommend all the students who are thinking seriously of Math as their careers' path should attend this meeting, well, you have to be a woman! BTW, the conference was mainly held in a great hotel, Embassy Suite, provided with great rooms plus delicious food!!