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Professional Development & Career Resources

Educational Activities & Seminars

Math Seminars

The mathematical vitality of the Department may be measured, in part, by the number of educational activities that take place outside the traditional classroom. Most research areas organize one or more seminars that meet once or twice each week. The Colloquium meets each week for a talk aimed at a general mathematical audience, usually by a visitor from another university. Often, additional special lectures are scheduled as a forum for other short-term visitors. All of these are announced in a weekly bulletin posted on the department website.

Oral Defense Schedule

Attending a dissertation defense not only can be helpful to prepare for your own defense, but can be educational as well.  Rackham maintains a schedule of defense dates for all of the graduate students.

Rackham Programs and Events

The Rackham Graduate School offers a wide range of programs, discussions, and workshops for students.  Sample topics include: program perspectives, career paths, and how to write a dissertation.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

The SIAM  student chapter at the University of Michigan was set up in the Fall of 2009. Our missions include:

  • Promoting professional interactions between applied mathematicians both at the University of Michigan and within the Industry.
  • Enhancing interest in topics pertaining to Applied Mathematics.
  • Supplying professional opportunities for the Applied Mathematic community at the University of Michigan.
  • Providing a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between mathematicians and other technical and scientific personnel.

Student AIM Seminar

The Mathematics Department hosts seminars for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics students.  Check out the schedule here!

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute at the University of Michigan offers academic writing courses for graduate students.

  • ELI 521 Writing for Acadmic Purposes I
  • ELI 522 Research Paper Writing
  • ELI 620 Dissertation Writing and Writing for Publication I
  • ELI 621 Dissertation Writing and Writing for Publication II

Sweetland Center for Writing

Sweetland offers face-to-face writing help for graduate students in Writing Workshop. This service allows you to meet one-to-one with an experienced faculty consultant at any stage of writing, from getting started to final revisions. You can get help with understanding assignments, generating ideas, developing arguments, organizing and structuring, using evidence and sources, and clarifying your expression. To get a sense of what to expect, please read our policies before attending your first Writing Workshop session.

Summer Programs

Institute for Mathematics and its Applications

Programs through the IMA (Institute for Mathematics and its Applications), based in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota. Michigan is a "particpating institution" in the IMA which means that most activities are highly subsidized for our graduate students. Here is a complete list of the summer programs at IMA. 

Argonne National Laboratory 

The Argonne National Laboratory hosts many conferences, workshops, and meetings for interested mathematics students.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Los Alamos National Laboratory hosts a Computatoins Physics Student Summer Workshop that may interest AIM students.

Mathematical Biosciences Institute

Each summer, the MBI offers a three-week educational summer program for graduate students.

Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics

IPAM hosts summer programs at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences

The Fields Institute hosts summer programs newar the campus of the University of Toronto.

Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute

SAMSI hosts educational and outreach workshops in the Reasearch Triangle area of North Carolina.

Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science

The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado hosts the Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science program.

The Santa Fe Institute

The Santa Fe Institute specializes in research in complex systems and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship Program

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship Program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution runs each summer on various topics connected with nonlinear dynamics of rotating, stratified fluids.

The Center for Nonlinear Analysis

The Center for Nonlinear Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University often hosts a summer school.

The Park City Mathematics Institute

The Institute for Advanced Study hosts summer programs at the Park City Mathematics Institute in the ski resort town of Park City, Utah.

The Clay Mathematics Institute

The Clay Mathematics Institute also offers regular summer programs in various locations

Professional Development and Careers

The Erdős Institute

The Erdős Institute is a multi-university collaboration focused on helping PhDs get jobs they love at every stage of their career. Founded in 2017, the Institute helps train and place a diverse pool of graduate students, postdocs, and graduate alumni. The University of Michigan Department of Mathematics is a member; graduate students, postdocs, and graduate alumni have free access to all of the programming and resources that the Institute provides. Examples include the "Invitation to Industry" seminar series, Data Science Bootcamps, Alumni-Led Mini-Courses, Interview Prep Workshops, and Career Coaching . Please visit to enroll.

University Professional Development Resources

American Mathematical Society Resources




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