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A talk given at the annual Joint Mathematics Meeting in January, 2008, in San Diego, CA. The slide accompany a talk about a project at Truman State University to use field trips to regional metro ...

A talk given at the annual Joint Mathematics Meeting in January, 2008, in San Diego, CA. The slide accompany a talk about a project at Truman State University to use field trips to regional metro areas to get students jazzed up about their major studies. The program includes students in science and computer science, as well.

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    Field Trips Motivate Student to Pursue Mathematics Field Trips Motivate Student to Pursue Mathematics Presentation Transcript

    • Field Trips Motivate Students to Pursue Mathematics Jason Miller (Truman State University) Joint Math Meetings, January 2008
    • Jon Beck Professor of Computer Science Jason Miller Associate Professor of Mathematics
    • “School isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” -Richard Louv
    • Background
    • Q a “What can I do with a math degree?” Qualify for a broad range of careers in business, industry, government, and teaching. stockbroker urban designer public utilities analyst population ecologist research scientist estimator animator foreign exchange trader epidemiologist statistician cryptoanalyst technical writer quantitative analyst teacher market research analyst commodities trader air traffic controller climate analyst financial aid director pollster forensic analyst appraiser banker underwriter actuary production manager computer programmer claims adjuster professor benefits administrator early career profiles /(#&%2&/8(%+()*'(<8'&7,/-(=/)*'8/)7,/$(>%,7');(?67)*(54##%&)(+&%8()*'(<$+&'3(@9(>$%/-(A%4-3/)7%-B 6669/859%&2:'/&$;0,/&''&5: !quot;#$%&'()*'(!quot;#$%&'quot;#((#&)#*! &$(+(%+(&','-)(./,*'$%&0$'1'$(2&/34/)'5(67)*(3'2&''5( 7-()*'(8/)*'8/)7,/$(5,7'-,'59 www.ams.org American Mathematical Society
    • Geographically Isolated
    • The Program
    • Saddle-up Sunday noon
    • Check-in Sunday afternoon
    • Check-in Sunday afternoon
    • Relaxing Sunday afternoon
    • Dinner & Workshop Sunday dinner
    • Dinner & Workshop Sunday dinner
    • Return to Hotel Sunday evening
    • Alumni Social @ Hotel Sunday evening
    • Leaving the Hotel Monday morning
    • Morning site Monday morning
    • Morning site Monday morning
    • Presentations Monday morning
    • Tour & Mini-shadowing Monday afternoon
    • Lunch @ Host Monday lunch
    • Afternoon Site Monday afternoon
    • Presentations Monday afternoon
    • Tour & Mini-shadowing Monday afternoon
    • Presentations Monday afternoon
    • Heading Home Monday afternoon
    • Leaving Town Monday afternoon
    • Debriefing @ Dinner Monday dinner
    • Heading Home Monday night
    • Students benefit: awareness of ‘real’ early-career opportunities practice ‘professional interactions’ and networking Hosts benefit: Brings cream-of-the-crop to potential employers Opens lines of communication with department(s) Program benefits: post-trip ‘buzz’ spreads to other students creates good-will with students Challenges: Assessment of program impact
    • This work was developed with support from the following sources: Jumpstart Program for 2001-2004 Women in Computer Science Support from Undergraduate Scholars in Mathematics and NSF CSEMS #0123094 Computer Science Mathematical Biology Initiative NSF UBM #0337769 Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical NSF UBM #0436348 Biology Integrating STEM Learning NSF STEP #0431664 Communities
    • Past Field Trip Hosts: FBI, St. Louis Field Office Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Wolfram Research