The Math Alliance: A National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences
Five UH Undergraduates at the 2017 Gulf States Math Alliance Conference in
Arlington, Texas. Back: Shahzad Kalloo and Mark Henry Atwood;
Front: Shannon Weed, Michelle Tran, and Catherine Godfrey
The Math Alliance is a consortium of faculty
and students at schools
throughout the U.S. whose goal is to
encourage undergraduates to pursue graduate
study in mathematics or a mathematically-related field. The
Math Alliance also seeks to increase the number of mathematics Ph.D.s awarded to
members of groups that are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences (such
as women, ethnic minorities, first generation college students, or
students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds); however, the Math Alliance
is not exclusive to students from these groups, and anyone is
welcome to join and participate.
If you are an undergraduate at UH that is planning to go to graduate school
in mathematics or a mathematically-related discipline -- or even if you are simply
thinking about it and want to learn more about graduate school and what it entails -- you should
join the Math Alliance.
Membership in the Math Alliance is free. If you are a UH student interested in being a
Math Alliance Scholar, please contact Dr. Tomforde.
Benefits of Membership
Undergraduates who join the Math Alliance are designated as
Alliance Scholars and receive the following benefits:
Monthly Newsletter. Each month you will be emailed the newsletter of
the Math Alliance, which will inform you of various events,
programs, and opportunities for
students in mathematics.
Facilitated Graduate Applications Process (F-GAP). This is a
program that guides Alliance Scholars as they apply for graduate
school. An Alliance Scholar participating in F-GAP is assigned to various
faculty members (many of
whom are on graduate admissions committees at the home institutions) who then help
the Alliance Scholars as they apply to graduate school and compose their
application materials. In addition, the Math Alliance website contains related
resources on the following topics:
The Math Alliance's Annual Field of Dreams Conference.
Each November, all Alliance Scholars and Alliance Mentors are invited to the Field
of Dreams Conference, which each year is held at a different location throughout the U.S.
The Field of Dreams Conference provides a chance for Alliance Scholars to learn
more about different graduate programs and professional
opportunities in mathematics, to attend talks and presentations about preparation and
successful tactics for graduate school, and
interact with the community of Alliance Scholars and Alliance Mentors from schools
throughout the United States. The Field of Dreams conference
is held at different locations throughout the United States, and Alliance Scholars
may apply to attend the conference (with travel, hotel, and registration paid for
by the Math Alliance).
Each year, Dr. Tomforde accompanies 4 to 8 UH undergraduate students to the
Math Alliance's annual conference.
The Math Alliance website contains more information about the
Field of Dreams Conference.
You can also see photos of UH students at past Field of Dreams Conferences.