Workshop for Women in Math Sciences: April 6-8, 2016

Registration for this workshop is currently closed.


Held at SAMSI in Research Triangle Park, NC.


The primary goals of the workshop is two-fold: (i) to familiarize women and/or under-represented minorities in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academia, industry, and government, and (ii) to focus on challenges currently faced by women or minorities in mathematical sciences. Additionally, it will allow attendees to explore what it takes to thrive in careers pursued by mathematical scientists and researchers. Job interview scenarios and networking will be used to illustrate the principles presented in the workshop. Speakers, panelists and discussion leaders will primarily be women and underrepresented minorities in research and management positions in industry and government labs as well as women in academia. Participants are encouraged to present a poster on their research. The workshop will thus provide a unique opportunity to women in mathematical sciences to improve their non-technical skills, including public speaking and professional networking, working in teams, ethical reasoning, and benefits of research experience to apply initiative and creativity in developing mathematical, statistical and computing approaches to interdisciplinary scientific problems.

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior researchers and professionals in mathematical sciences are encouraged to register for this event. The event will be limited to about 50 participants. So submit your applications early and definitely by the deadline. Most junior participants accepted for this workshop will receive partial funding for travel and accommodation. There is no registration fee.

Questions: email

Schedule and Supporting Media

Wednesday April 6th
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Opening Remarks and Workshop Introduction Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI/NCSU
9:30-10:00 What to Expect in a Non-academic Career Jessica Matthews, NOAA
10:00-10:30 Women in Mathematical Science and Leadership in Team Science Amanda Golbeck, University of Montana
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Panel: Opportunities and Challenges in Academic Institutions Moderators:
Amanda Golbeck, University of Montana
 Ulrica Wilson, ICERM
Lea Jenkins, Clemson University
11:45-12:00 Group Photo
12:00-1:30 Lunch (SAMSI 2nd Floor Lounge)
1:30-2:30 Panel: Opportunities and Challenges in Non-Academic Institutions Moderators:
Emily Lada, SAS
Rizwana Rehman, VA
Jessica Matthews, NOAA
2:30-3:00 Strategies and Benefits to Building Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences Ulrica Wilson, ICERM
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 Lightning Talks (2min each) by participants presenting posters Moderators:
Lea Jenkins, Clemson University
Sujit Ghosh, NCSU
4:30-5:00 Set-up Posters
5:00-6:30 Poster Session/Reception (SAMSI, 2nd Floor Lounge)
7:00 Shuttle departs to hotel

Thursday, April 7th
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:45-9:00 Registration and Announcements Lea Jenkins, Clemson University
9:00-9:30 Women and the Sciences: How We Have and Must Continue to Lead Marie Davidian, NCSU
9:30-10:00 Navigating Career Paths in Academia Merlise Clyde, Duke University
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 Break-out session 1:
Careers in Academia
Careers in Industry
Careers in Government
Merlise Clyde, Duke
Laura Jackson, Precision Lender
Rizwana Rehman, VA
11:45-1:00 Lunch (SAMSI 2nd Floor Lounge)
1:00-2:15 Break-out session 2:
Careers in Academia
Careers in Industry
Careers in Government
Kimberly Kaufeld, NCSU/SAMSI
Emily Lada, SAS
Nandini Kannan, NSF
2:15-2:45 Work and Life Balance for Women in Sciences Montserrat Fuentes, NCSU
2:45-3:15 Grant Opportunities in the Mathematical Sciences and the NSF Review Process Nandini Kannan, NSF
3:15-3:45 Break
3:45-4:45 Feedback from Breakout sessions Moderators:
Nandini Kannan, NSF
Lea Jenkins, Clemson University
Emily Lada, SAS
Amanda Golbeck, University of Montana
5:00 Shuttle departs to hotel

Friday, April 8th
NCSU Centennial Campus

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:15-9:00 Shuttle from hotel to NCSU Centennial Campus
9:00-10:00 Tour of the Hunt Library Lisa Ruth & Wendy Scott, NCSU
10:00–10:30 Break – Walk to Alliance Building, NCSU
10:30-11:00 Succeeding with Business Analytics Radhika Kulkarni, SAS
11:00-11:20 Preparing to be a Data Scientist Michael Rappa, NCSU
11:20-12:00 Panel: Opportunities in Analytics Moderator:
Michael Rappa, NCSU
Mahin Manley – MSA 2015 (currently at RTI)
Keona Drakeford – MSA 2016 (will join JP Morgan Chase)
Yang Li – MSA 2016 (will join Bank of America)
Nikki Moncourtois – MSA 2016 (will join Ernst&Young)
Leigh Ann Herhold – MSA 2016 (will join Zencos)
12:00-12:30 Boxed Lunches and Adjourn
12:30–> Shuttle to RDU Airport