I have compiled a list of things to say and not to say to a mathematician while making small-talk. (This list is especially relevant to graduate students in math.) Good: So, what are you researching? Bad: Do you have an adviser picked out yet? In the event that the mathematician you’re talking to is […]

# Category: Mathematics

## On being a TA

I went to my first discussion section of Mathematics for the Biological Sciences as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at 2:30 PM on August 16th, 2016. I don’t remember it much. Perhaps I took attendance for that one time, had students do introductions, maybe gave a cursory preview of some of the upcoming material, and then […]

## Pure vs. Applied

“So, what’s the difference between pure math and applied math?”

## Concerning Qualifying Exams

Let’s just get this all out on the table. Yes, I’m staying in Iowa City for the summer and doing math the whole time, but to what purpose? Two words: Qualifying Exams. It seems that few people outside of academia understand what I mean by “Qualifying Exams” (or “quals” for short), so hopefully this entry will […]