I Knew I Wasn’t Alone: Kamuela Yong and Building Community

“Ask for help, because help will always be there for people who need it.” Kamuela Yong recalls this statement as the best advice he ever received. The idea has sustained him through challenges in his journey and has been passed along to many of Yong’s own students. Certa...
Exponential Impact: Judith Covington’s MAA Journey

This year, Judith Covington heard that one of her fellow MAA Project NExT Red Dots had just announced his retirement. “I have clearly been teaching long enough to retire,” she says. “But I do not see that on my horizon.” In fact, when asked where she sees herself in ten ...
Defining Your Own Success: Rebecca Swanson’s MAA Story

The summer after her junior year of college, Rebecca Swanson spent countless nights awake at the homeless shelter she helped run. The small staff meant that the student volunteers had to sleep in shifts so that one of them would always be available if anyone needed anyth...
Finding Confidence in Mathematics with Jessie Hamm

Jessie Hamm never expected to be where she is today. Though she always knew she would attend college, she never saw herself going to graduate school, let alone earning her Ph.D. in mathematics. From a young age, Hamm had a passion for mathematics, but she lacked somethin...
When Mathematics Chooses You: Greg Coxson’s MAA Story

Mathematical concepts are fascinating in their own right, but to Greg Coxson, the most interesting part of mathematics comes in its applications. Throughout his education, Coxson found himself constantly asking: where does mathematics show up in the world, and how can it...
Uncovering a Passion for Mathematics

“Nothing else had ever struck me as the thing I was supposed to do until this,” Tien Chih says, recalling the moment in his undergraduate career when he realized he was meant to be a math teacher.
Meet Stephanie Salomone: New MAA Project NExT Associate Director

For as long as Stephanie Salomone can remember, she always loved learning. Her parents — an educator and an engineer — encouraged Salomone throughout her childhood to gain a variety of learning experiences, including everything from mathematics to music lessons to explor...
A Lifetime of Mathematical Challenges: The Story of MAA Member John Mason

“Try to do for students only what they cannot yet do for themselves,” says Mathematical Association of America (MAA) member, professor emeritus of the Open University, and avid canoeist John Mason. Though he’s retired from his original position teaching mathematics and m...
Mathematics Unites Young Women & Challenges the Gender Gap in STEM

WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2021) — According to the Census Bureau, women have made significant gains in the STEM workforce over the years, but men still dominate the field. In 2019, "Men made up 52% of all U.S. workers but 73% of all STEM workers."
Building Bridges: Emilie Purvine’s Mathematical Journey

“My grandpa would give me math puzzles as a kid. I didn’t know they were ‘math’ per se, just that they were fun puzzles. He’d work with me to solve them, not giving me the answer but helping me arrive at [it] on my own. I think this helped me understand how to break prob...
I Knew I Wasn’t Alone: Kamuela Yong and Building Community

“Ask for help, because help will always be there for people who need it.” Kamuela Yong recalls this statement as the best advice he ever received. The idea has sustained him through challenges in his journey and has been passed along to many of Yong’s own students. Certa...
Exponential Impact: Judith Covington’s MAA Journey

This year, Judith Covington heard that one of her fellow MAA Project NExT Red Dots had just announced his retirement. “I have clearly been teaching long enough to retire,” she says. “But I do not see that on my horizon.” In fact, when asked where she sees herself in ten ...
Defining Your Own Success: Rebecca Swanson’s MAA Story

The summer after her junior year of college, Rebecca Swanson spent countless nights awake at the homeless shelter she helped run. The small staff meant that the student volunteers had to sleep in shifts so that one of them would always be available if anyone needed anyth...
Finding Confidence in Mathematics with Jessie Hamm

Jessie Hamm never expected to be where she is today. Though she always knew she would attend college, she never saw herself going to graduate school, let alone earning her Ph.D. in mathematics. From a young age, Hamm had a passion for mathematics, but she lacked somethin...
When Mathematics Chooses You: Greg Coxson’s MAA Story

Mathematical concepts are fascinating in their own right, but to Greg Coxson, the most interesting part of mathematics comes in its applications. Throughout his education, Coxson found himself constantly asking: where does mathematics show up in the world, and how can it...
Uncovering a Passion for Mathematics

“Nothing else had ever struck me as the thing I was supposed to do until this,” Tien Chih says, recalling the moment in his undergraduate career when he realized he was meant to be a math teacher.
Meet Stephanie Salomone: New MAA Project NExT Associate Director

For as long as Stephanie Salomone can remember, she always loved learning. Her parents — an educator and an engineer — encouraged Salomone throughout her childhood to gain a variety of learning experiences, including everything from mathematics to music lessons to explor...
A Lifetime of Mathematical Challenges: The Story of MAA Member John Mason

“Try to do for students only what they cannot yet do for themselves,” says Mathematical Association of America (MAA) member, professor emeritus of the Open University, and avid canoeist John Mason. Though he’s retired from his original position teaching mathematics and m...
Mathematics Unites Young Women & Challenges the Gender Gap in STEM

WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2021) — According to the Census Bureau, women have made significant gains in the STEM workforce over the years, but men still dominate the field. In 2019, "Men made up 52% of all U.S. workers but 73% of all STEM workers."
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