Field Trips Motivate Students
to Pursue Mathematics
            Jason Miller (Truman State University)
            Joint M...
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.”
                     -Richa...
Background
Q
          a
              “What can I do with
               a math degree?”
                            Qualify for a b...
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
Ho...
This work was developed with support from the following sources:


                       Jumpstart Program for
          ...
Past Field Trip Hosts:
                         FBI,
                         St. Louis Field
                         Offi...
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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 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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  1. 1. Field Trips Motivate Students to Pursue Mathematics Jason Miller (Truman State University) Joint Math Meetings, January 2008
  2. 2. Jon Beck Professor of Computer Science Jason Miller Associate Professor of Mathematics
  3. 3. “School isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” -Richard Louv
  4. 4. Background
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Geographically Isolated
  7. 7. The Program
  8. 8. Saddle-up Sunday noon
  9. 9. Check-in Sunday afternoon
  10. 10. Check-in Sunday afternoon
  11. 11. Relaxing Sunday afternoon
  12. 12. Dinner & Workshop Sunday dinner
  13. 13. Dinner & Workshop Sunday dinner
  14. 14. Return to Hotel Sunday evening
  15. 15. Alumni Social @ Hotel Sunday evening
  16. 16. Leaving the Hotel Monday morning
  17. 17. Morning site Monday morning
  18. 18. Morning site Monday morning
  19. 19. Presentations Monday morning
  20. 20. Tour & Mini-shadowing Monday afternoon
  21. 21. Lunch @ Host Monday lunch
  22. 22. Afternoon Site Monday afternoon
  23. 23. Presentations Monday afternoon
  24. 24. Tour & Mini-shadowing Monday afternoon
  25. 25. Presentations Monday afternoon
  26. 26. Heading Home Monday afternoon
  27. 27. Leaving Town Monday afternoon
  28. 28. Debriefing @ Dinner Monday dinner
  29. 29. Heading Home Monday night
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. 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
  32. 32. Past Field Trip Hosts: FBI, St. Louis Field Office Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Wolfram Research

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