Mathematics Project at Minnesota


Mathematics Project at Minnesota

is a 4-day workshop for undergraduates underrepresented in mathematics.  
The workshop will take place January 14-17, 2020.
The workshop is focused on...

Community Building



If you’re interested in mathematics in any capacity, the Mathematics Project at Minnesota (MPM) offers
  • A special welcome to mathematics at the University of Minnesota
  • An opportunity to form supportive relationships with peers, graduate students, and faculty mentors
  • A fun and engaging four days of math

Participants are invited via e-mail.  If you would like to be considered for an invitation, please e-mail one of the coordinators. There are no costs or prerequisites to participating in MPM as it is fully funded. This workshop is supported by:

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

University of Minnesota Mathematics Department

MPM 1 Group Picture

MPM 2018

Organizers: Alice Nadeau, Harini Chandramouli, Kim Klinger-Logan, Sunita Chepuri, McCleary Philbin, Esther Banaian, Adrienne Sands, Julie Sherman, Lynna Baryakova

Participants: Ashleigh Adams, Blair Xu, Dalena Vien, Elizabeth Keznoff, Emma Lovett, Jessica Archerd, Jessica Ni, Jingchao Fang, Julie Yuan, Kole Yu, Lauren Verhulst, Mary Heard, Moriah Elkin, Myha Nguyen, Raelynn Swanson, Rebecca Rechkin, Sarah Gorman, Sophie Perro, Tianxue(Tess) Hu, Yaren Euceda, Yu Zhang


MPM includes...


Community Building

Game, activities and meals together will foster a rich sense of community amoung participants.



As part of MPM you will be paired with a graduate student mentor (Pal) who can support you as you advance through the mathematics major.  We even provide funds for you and your Pal to kick off this relationship over coffee!


Professional Development

Meet recent graduates and professionals with degrees in mathematics and learn about how their careers were shaped by their mathematics degrees.

Work on application documents like resumes, cover letters, or personal statements.


Orientation to the field of mathematics

During a four day program that begins on January 14, 2019 and directly proceeds the beginning of spring semester you will

Meet fellow mathematics students with similar interests so that when classes begin you will have a network of friends and familiar faces in your math classes

Learn about services and resources for academic success through discussion about study strategies and the U of M’s academic culture

Engage in upper level mathematics by working on collaborative problem-solving sets, participating in a brief research experience, and writing a short research paper

Meet the faculty members and graduate students who teach math classes at Minnesota--who will advise you as you choose classes and help you identify your strengths


The Logistics

The workshop takes place January 14-17, 2019. We will start at noon on the 14th and meet from 9am to 5pm the 15th-17th.

All your meals are on us during the four day program, including (optional) dinners on January 14th, 15th and 16th.

If you live in the dorms, we will provide support for you to return early.  



Tentative Schedule


DAY 1: Tuesday 1/14

11:30am Check in

12:00pm Lunch & Introductions and Icebreakers

1:00pm Breakout Session 1: Individual Projects or Math Puzzles

2:00pm 3 Minute Thesis Icebreaker

2:30pm Visit Graduate Math Office

3:00pm Breakout Session 2: Individual Projects or Math Puzzles

4:00pm Imposter Syndrome Workshop

5:15pm Dinner and Book Discussion


DAY 2: Wednesday 1/15

9:30am Summer Opportunities Workshop

10:30am Visit Math Library

11:00am Mini Workshop 1

12:15pm Lunch & Monster Project

1:30pm Breakout Session 3: Individual Projects or Math Puzzles

3:00pm Diversity Training

4:00pm Scavenger Hunt

5:15pm Dinner and Book Discussion


DAY 3: Thursday 1/16

9:30am Growth Mindset Workshop

10:30am Visit Undergraduate Math Office

11:00am Mini Workshop 2

12:15pm Lunch and Implicit Biases Project

1:30pm Math Major Requirements

2:00pm Build a 4-year Plan

2:30pm Breakout Session 4: Individual Projects or Math Puzzles

4:00pm Future Opportunities Panel

5:15pm Dinner and Book Discussion


DAY 4: Friday 1/17

9:30am Meet Your Pal over Breakfast

10:30am Resume Review

11:30am Visit MCFAM

12:00pm Lunch and Presentations of Individual Projects

2:00pm Presentation of Awards

2:30pm Excursion to the Bell Museum


Richard McGehee

Harini Chandramouli



McCleary Philbin



Esther Banaian



Sarah Brauner