Department of Mathematics

Conversations among Colleagues

  •  Amanda Glazer, UC Berkeley
  •  National Mathematics Survey: Addressing the Gender Gap in Undergraduate Mathematics
  •  05/04/2021
  •  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  •  Online (virtual meeting) (Virtual Meeting Link)
  •  Tsvetanka Sendova (tsendova@msu.edu)

In Spring of 2016 the National Mathematics Survey was sent out to five institutions (Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale and Brown) to investigate undergraduate climate issues in math departments, in particular with regards to gender. The survey covered a wide range of topics including college academics, advising/research, study habits, mathematics department community, family background, and mentorship. The quantitative data from the survey indicated that the barrier to entry is much higher for women than men who intend to study mathematics, and the qualitative data illustrated a number of issues including gender stereotypes, pressure to represent and disrespect for intelligence. In this talk, I will present the main results from this survey as well as discuss recommendations and changes made in the Harvard mathematics department to address some of these issues.

 

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Michigan State University
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