Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014
Alysa Newman '16, Susan Tuvell '16 and Alana Kilcullen '15 recently participated in the 16th annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM) where they attended panels and workshops, and had the opportunity to meet other undergraduate women interested in math.
Held in Lincoln, the conference focused on graduate-level mathematics and learning about careers in academia, government and industry that require advanced degrees in mathematics. It gave students the chance to engage with scholars and professionals, gain knowledge and confidence, and present original research.
"In my opinion the conference was an amazing experience," says Newman, a mathematics and physics double major. "I met so many different people from all over the country and found out how to advance myself in my field."
William Smith students have been attending NCUWM conferences since 2007. This year, Associate Professor of Mathematics Erika King attended with the group. King says that for some students, the conference can be a life-changing event.
"I had an advisee go to this conference as a mathematics minor and return wanting to be a mathematics major," King says. The conference also is a big opportunity for networking with peers and professionals, she says.
"One student described a networking event that was like speed-dating where they met other women with similar interests. One of our participants met another student who was a mathematics and art double major just like herself, but from another institution," King says.
About the students:
Kilcullen is a double major in mathematics and international relations. In fall 2013, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and documented her experiences via a blog. Newman participated in the HWS Physics Department's 2013 Albert Holland Physics Lecture Competition. Tuvell, a mathematics major, competes with the William Smith rowing team. Last year, she kept the team blog for the spring break training trip to Georgia.