As students, we can sometimes lose sight of the fact that we are surrounded by incredible resources on a daily basis. One such resource might be the people who grade our problem sets, discuss readings, and mentor us on a daily basis—our graduate student instructors. And one of their areas of expertise is the […]Continue reading . . . What Do Graduate Students in Math Do?
The public galleries of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology are closed for renovation and won’t re-open to the public until 2017, but some lucky students in Berkeley Connect Math got a chance to tour a portion of the museum’s vast collection (approximately 2.5 million objects). The students had the opportunity to view historical […]Continue reading . . . Hands-on in the Hearst Museum
Mathematics can seem abstract, separate from the “real world,” but actually, math is tightly wound into the history of humankind. At one of the last Berkeley Connect Math small-group discussions of the semester, students considered math’s origins in the ancient world, and the role it plays in our contemporary world. As a case study, […]Continue reading . . . Math, History, Philosophy: Exploring the Connections
On the top floor of Evans Hall, overlooking a stunning view of the Bay Area, Berkeley Connect students recently met with a panel of graduate students in Mathematics. Grad students Elan Bechor, Maria Martinez, Kevin O’Neill, and Morgan Weiler were joined by Professors Thomas Scanlon and Jenny Harrison, the faculty directors of Berkeley Connect in […]Continue reading . . . For the Love of Math: Demystifying Graduate School
Graduate students in STEM fields share their experiences with Berkeley Connect Math When asked what they want to do once they graduate, many UC Berkeley undergrads reply “go to graduate school.” As the Spring 2015 semester drew to a close, Berkeley Connect Math invited some graduate students to talk about why they came to Berkeley, their […]Continue reading . . . An Inside Look at Graduate School
Berkeley Connect Math students learn about their professors’ paths to Berkeley In class, students rarely learn about where their professors came from or what they are working on now. Berkeley Connect Math hosted a special panel at which students could ask professors about anything–from their own personal journey to their current research. Invited to speak were […]Continue reading . . . Meeting the Faculty
Berkeley Connect Math students visit the Bancroft Library Berkeley Connect Math students were in for a treat when they took a trip to the Bancroft Library last week. Guided by the Bancroft’s Lee Anne Titangos, students got the opportunity to browse everything from the first printed version of Euclid’s Elements to a letter written by […]Continue reading . . . Exploring the Past of Math
Berkeley Connect Math students explore Fermat’s Little Theorem & its proofs What’s simple can be deceptive, as Berkeley Connect Fellow Pablo Solis proved at a recent small group meeting. During the hour, Berkeley Connect Math students dissected proofs of Fermat’s Little Theorem, which states that for every prime number p, ap – a (a being any […]Continue reading . . . Proving Fermat’s Little Theorem