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IMA Holds Workshop on Career Options for Women in Mathematical Sciences

From March 3 to March 5, 2013, the IMA brought together women from all across the United States for the special workshop on Career Options for Women in Mathematical Sciences.

Organizers Georgia Benkart (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Erica Klampfl (Ford), Irina Mitrea (Temple University), Evelyn Sander (George Mason University), and Cheri Shakiban (University of St. Thomas and IMA) gathered more than 80 participants for the three-day workshop that focused on professional opportunities for women working in the mathematical sciences.

"I feel so much more confident about my options after the conference. It was an extremely rewarding experience", commented workshop participant Catie Patterson, University of Iowa.

Speakers, panelists, and discussion leaders represented women in industry, academia, and government labs.

Throughout the workshop, panel discussions covered the interviewing process and the principles of negotiation. Workshop participants included graduate students and Ph.D.s in the early stages of their post-graduate careers. On Monday, participants were also able to present posters on their research.

"What a great community of women you brought together! I had a fantastic time," noted workshop speaker Kathryn Leonard, an associate professor of mathematics at California State University, Channel Islands.

Photos and videos of the presentations are available on the IMA's website.

The event was sponsored by the IMA and the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).