Upper-Division Pathways: Southeast Regional Meeting

Morehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia
June 10-11, 2019

This meeting focused on developing math pathways for undergraduate students at the upper-division level to respond to regional workforce needs and for graduate school preparation. Participants had the opportunity to:

  • enhance their understanding of evolving career opportunities for mathematics graduates, interacting with and learning from representatives of business, industry and government (the BIG jobs);
  • enhance their knowledge of expectations of mathematical sciences graduate programs;
  • explore aspects of upper-division mathematics pathways - updating curricula and programs, soliciting resources and support, forming partnerships - as relevant to their own institutions' characteristics and missions.

The meeting was co-organized by TPSE Math, Morehouse College and the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM). Support was provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Full/printable agenda
Participant list

Resources (provided by Prof. Hal Salzman, Rutgers University)
Math Pathways: What do we know? What do we want to know? (PowerPoint)
Math Pathways: What do we know? What do we want to know? Summary. (PowerPoint)
Math Counts: Major and Gender Differences in College Mathematics Coursework (article)
STEM Performance and Supply: Assessing the Evidence for Education Policy (article)
Math BA degrees awarded 2008-2016 - statistics for Southeast Region (list)
Math BA degrees awarded 2008-2016 - statistics for meeting participant institutions (list)

Agenda Outline
(full/printable agenda here)

Monday, June 10
8:30-9:00: Registration, coffee & informal mingling
9:00-9:45: WelcomeAbout TPSE Math and Upper-Division Pathways
  Presentations:
  Tara Holm, TPSE Math
  Suzanne Weekes, Industrial Opportunities as Part of the Student Experience
9:45-11:00: Alumni Panel
11:00-11:30: Break
11:30-1:00: Student Success Panel: preparing students for BIG jobs or graduate school
  Resource: Technically Speaking (from Denison University)
1:00-2:00: Lunch
2:00-3:15: Panel on Approaches to Program Development
  Presentations:
  Bree Ettinger, Joint majors
  Tor Kwembe, What can I do with an MS degree in mathematics besides teach?
  Rachel Levy, Mathematical modeling (not just models) 
  Chuang Peng, Data Science Developments at Morehouse
3:15-3:30: Introduction to Breakout Sessions
3:30-3:45: Break
3:45-5:15: Breakout Session 1 (breakout group assignments)
6:00-8:30: Reception and Dinner

Tuesday, June 11
8:00-8:30: Coffee & informal mingling
8:30-9:15: Data and Research to Inform Decision-Making
9:30-11:00: Breakout Session 2
11:00-11:15: Preparation for Gallery Walk; refreshments available
11:15-12:15: Gallery Walk, Sharing and Synthesis
12:15-12:30: Closing remarks