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Friday, Feb. 13: First SUMS Meeting of the Semester

posted Feb 12, 2009, 11:06 AM by Chandler May   [ updated Feb 12, 2009, 11:26 AM by Christopher Hoyt ]
SUMS, or Seminar on Underrepresentation and the Mathematical Sciences, is a new seminar organized by Professor Dagan Karp. For the first meeting of the semester, Professor Talithia Williams will deliver a talk concerning gender inequity and underrepresentation in mathematics. The title and abstract of her talk are as follows:

Stand and Deliver: The Importance of Mentoring for Women in Science

Underrepresentation occurs in numerous ways throughout the social structure of our society and the academic community, in particular, has not been immune to its effects. The persistent shortage of women in academic fields such as mathematics and engineering leads us, in this talk, to address mentoring from the perspective of a program that has proven effective in mitigating the underrepresentation of women in science. With an understanding that mentoring is multifaceted and extends beyond the scope of any one individual program, I will discuss components of the EDGE Program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) as a canonical example of establishing a community of support and academic preparation for women as they matriculate in graduate school. I will share some personal experiences from the program and ways that individuals can aid in strengthening the ability of women and minority students to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences.

The seminar will take place in the third floor of Sprague Library at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 13. For more information, please see the seminar homepage at .