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My Journey from Graduate School to Being a University Professor by William Yslas Vélez Department of Mathematics University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona
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The journey that almost did not begin.
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When it comes to minority students surviving the mathematical experience in this country, it appears to me that it almost takes a miracle for that to happen. Mathematics is the new civil rights issue of this century. And you hold the key.
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At various points in my life it was SUGGESTED to me that my career choice should not include mathematics. Undergraduate experiences Graduate school
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Why am I drawing attention to these experiences In your teaching career you are going to encounter students who don’t fit your mold of what a mathematician should be. Your actions could determine their future. Out of more than 20 students who began graduate school with me, I was the only one to earn a PhD.
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The time for miracles is over. We, as a mathematics community, should recognize The changing and important role that mathematics is playing in society http://www.math.uiuc.edu/MSS/2006- Spring/MathWillRockYourWorld.pdf The importance of an undergraduate degree in mathematics and the opportunities that are available for undergraduates. http://www.ams.org/early-careers/
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The changing and important role that mathematics is playing in society
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http://www.ams.org/early-careers/ Early Career Profiles: Recent bachelors-level graduates in the mathematical sciences The Early Career Profile Network The AMS recruits and supports a network of mathematical sciences departments that systematically provide job profiles of their recent bachelors-level alumni. The Early Career Profile Network is supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under the auspices of the Sloan Career Cornerstone Series. Read more . . . View profiles of individuals employed in the following industry sectors: Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting Arts, entertainment, and recreation Construction Education Finance and insurance Government Health care and social assistance Information technology Legal services Management of companies and enterprises Manufacturing Mining Nonprofit Other science and technology Publishing, communications, and libraries Real estate and rental and leasing Retail trade Transportation and warehousing Travel and food services Utilities Wholesale trade View profiles by undergraduate institution . "What Can I Do with a Math Degree?" is a printable poster from the AMS about jobs that math majors might pursue.
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The importance of an undergraduate degree in mathematics and the opportunities that are available for undergraduates.
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This last point deserves some attention. I cannot tell you how many times I have had a
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