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Career paths after graduation
March 15, 2017, 12:00-1:30 pm, 443 Altgeld Hall
Katie Anders (PhD 2014) is a tenure-track professor at the University of Texas at Tyler and Neha Gupta (PhD 2016) is a preceptor (assistant professor of instruction, a teaching postdoc) at Harvard University. Both Katie and Neha won college-wide teaching awards while at Illinois and chose jobs that allow them to continue excelling at teaching.  

From Computational Algebra to Quantitative Medicine
February 21, 2017, 4:00 pm, 245 Altgeld Hall
Reinhard Laubenbacher and Anna Konstorum (Center for Quantitative Medicine, University of Connecticut)
In this informal discussion conducted by Skype, the panelists from the Center for Quantitative Medicine at the University of Connecticut will describe their career paths from mathematics into medicine, and then take questions from the audience. Background: Prof. Laubenbacher spent most of his career working in computational algebra and discrete mathematics. Dr. Konstorum's thesis work was in differential equations. All are welcome to participate in this career event!

From Altgeld Hall to Data Science in Industry
February 7, 2017, 4:00 pm 245 Altgeld Hall
Christopher Bonnell and Austin Rochford (Monetate, Inc.)
In this informal discussion conducted by Skype, the panelists from Monetate will describe their career paths from our Mathematics PhD program into data science in industry, and then take questions from the audience. All are welcome to participate in this career event!

Roundtable Discussion
November 9, 2016, 4:00 pm, 350 Altgeld Hall
Michael Warren (Hughes Research Lab (HRL)
Informal discussion about opportunities for mathematics graduate students in industry. Michael Warren from HRL Laboratories (formerly Hughes Research Laboratories) received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, in algebraic topology. Drop in and out as needed during the hour. Refreshments provided.

Job market experiences: academic and government-related
October 20, 2016, 5:00 pm, 350 Altgeld Hall
Kelly Yancey (Institute for Defense Analyses)
All graduate students are welcome at this informal question-and-answer session about succeeding in the job market for academic and government-related institutions. Kelly received her PhD from our department in 2013, and completed a postdoc at the University of Maryland before moving to a research position at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Corporate Forum and Career Fair
Mathematics Corporate Forum and Career Fair, 10 am - 4 pm, Monday, October 17, 2016, Illini Room A, Illini Union.

Academic job search process
September 14, 2016, 4:00 pm, 245 Altgeld Hall
Karen Mortensen (Illinois Math)
This meeting gives practical advice and tips for PhD students who are applying for academic positions (university, college, and postdoc jobs).

From academia to nebraskaGlobal
March 14, 2016, 5:00 pm, 245 Altgeld Hall
Lucas Sabalka and Josh Brown Kramer (nebraskaGlobal). Lucas Sabalka (PhD 2006, U of Illinois) and Josh Brown Kramer (PhD 2007, U of Nebraska) discuss their journey from geometric group theory and combinatorics to computer vision and applied mathematics at venture capital software firm nebraskaGlobal. Refreshments provided.

Research careers in federally funded organizations
December 10, 2015, 1:30 pm, 350 Altgeld Hall
Matthew Yancey (Institute for Defense Analysis). Informal round-table discussion about mathematical careers in federally funded research organizations. Dr. Yancey received his PhD from the Univ. of Illinois in 2013, and we are pleased to welcome him back for this event, running 1:30-3:00pm (drop in when you can). Bring your résumé if you wish.

National lab careers for mathematics graduates
December 1, 2015, 4 p.m., 245 Altgeld Hall
Evan VanderZee (Argonne National Lab), Meghan Galiardi (Illinois), Sean Shahkarami (Illinois), and Zoi Rapti (Illinois). Informal discussion about careers in the national lab system for mathematics graduates.

Résumé feedback: drop-in session
November 19, 2015, 3:00-4:30 p.m.,
259 Altgeld Hall (DGS office)
Jennifer Kim (Illinois Graduate Career Development)
Drop in between 3:00 and 4:30pm with your résumé, and get feedback and advice. Also, you can ask questions about careers in business, industry and government (BIG).

Résumés for nonacademic job applications
November 12, 2015, 3:00 p.m., 347 Altgeld Hall
Jennifer Kim (Illinois Graduate Career Development)
An employer's first contact with you is often through your résumé. So how can you make your résumé stand out from the crowd? How can you present your academic experience as being relevant to a non-academic position? Mathematics graduate students and postdocs are welcome at this informal discussion.

Academic careers drop-in session with Dr. Kelly Yancey
November 5, 2015, 2:30-3:30 p.m., 259 Altgeld Hall
Kelly Yancey (Mathematics PhD 2013) will be available to talk with interested Mathematics graduate students about the academic job search, types of academic position, preparing for interviews, and so on. Bring your application materials and get feedback on the spot!

Department of Mathematics Corporate Forum
October 8, 2015, 9 am-4 pm, Illini Rooms A & B, Illini Union
Presentations by companies and opportunities for students to talk with company representatives.

Academic job search process
September 10, 2015, 5 p.m., 245 Altgeld Hall
Karen Mortensen and Richard Laugesen (Illinois). The meeting gives practical information to PhD students who will be on the job market this year (university, college, postdoc jobs).

Careers panel: the transition to industry
April 13, 2015, 4 p.m., 245 Altgeld Hall
Anil Hirani (Illinois Math), Kyle Jao (Yahoo), Aaron Saxton (Agrible Inc). Panel discussion about the experience of mathematicians making the transition to or from industry.

Graduate Student Roundtable
December 1, 2014, 4 p.m., 173 Altgeld Hall
Roundatable about internships in government and Industry will be an informal discussion with Mathematics PhD students who did internships last summer in government and industry.

Nonacademic Career Search
November 17, 2014, 4 p.m., 141 Altgeld Hall
Jennifer Kim (Employer Outreach, Graduate College)
Presentation and discussion on "Strategies for a Successful Job Search"

Academic Careers Panel Discussion
October 27, 2014, 4 p.m., 141 Altgeld Hall
Panelists: Prof. Olcay Akman (Illinois State U.), Prof. Stephanie Alexander (U. of Illinois), Asst. Prof. Daniel Roberts (Illinois Wesleyan U.)

Job application review for graduating PhD students
October 27, 2014, 5 p.m., 259 Altgeld Hall
Graduating PhD students are invited to bring their job application materials and get on-the-spot feedback and advice from Prof. Olcay Akman (Illinois State U.), Asst. Prof. Daniel Roberts (Illinois Wesleyan U.)

Mathematics Corporate Forum & Career Fair
September 30, 2014, 9 am - 4 pm, Illini Rooms A & B, Illini Union
Presentations by companies and opportunities for students to talk with company representatives. Click for more information.

Panel Discussion for Current Graduate Students
September 12, 2014, 4 p.m., 245 Altgeld Hall
[This event is part of our PhD Alumni Reunion.]
Panelists: Gosia Konwerska (Wolfram Research); Catherine Meadows (Senior Researcher, Naval Research Laboratory); and Manmohan Kaur (Professor, Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois)

Networking breakfast
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 8-10 am, 173 Altgeld Hall
With Dr. Allen Butler (PhD, Mathematics, U of Illinois, 1987), President of Daniel Wagner Associates , a mathematical consulting company

Graduate student panel on Internships in Industry
February 11, 2014, 4:00 pm, 245 Altgeld Hall
Panelists: Dongyang Li, Austin Rochford, and Yat-Sen Wong (Univ of Illinois, Mathematics)

Opportunities at Sandia National Labs
December 12, 2013, 245 Altgeld Hall
Speaker: Richard O. Griffith (Sandia National Labs)

1st Annual Mathematics Corporate Forum
December 12, 2013, 245 Altgeld Hall
Panelists: Peter Cao (Akuna Capital), Jacob Robinson (Epic), Special Agent Scott Easton (FBI), Andy Stevens (John Deere), Hank Roark (John Deere), Holly Glenn (Wolfram), Stefan Ragnarsson (Wolfram), Kim Pillischafske (Wolfram), Anshu Manik (Wolfram), Christopher Ha (Caterpillar), Julian Norato (Caterpillar)

Nonacademic Careers Panel Discussion
November 18, 2013, 141 Altgeld Hall
Panelists: Milos Curcic (Bazaarvoice), David Hays (Axis Capital),
Daniel Lichtblau (Wolfram Research)

Academic Careers Panel Discussion
October 28, 2013, 243 Altgeld Hall
Panelists: Scott Ahlgren (Univ of Illinois), Tony Bedenikovic (Bradley Univ), Emily Dryden (Bucknell Univ)

Panel Discussion for Current Graduate Students: Academic and Nonacademic Career Paths
March 1, 2013, 245 Altgeld Hall
Panelists: Evan Fisher (Lafayette College), Tryggve Fossum (Intel Corp), David Perry (National Security Agency), Carla Savage (North Carolina State University)
[This event was held for current graduate students as part of our PhD Alumni Reunion. The panelists are all PhD alumni of our department.]

Nonacademic Careers Panel
November 26, 2012, 245 Altgeld Hall
Panelists: Chris Bonnell (Univ of Illinois), Laura Chavez (Epic), Daniel Lichtblau, (Wolfram Research), Adam Miller (Institute for Genomic Biology)

Academic Careers Panel
November 12, 2012, 245 Altgeld Hall
Panelists: Alison Ahlgren  (Univ of Illinois), Chris Cunningham (Univ of Illinois), Richard Laugesen (Univ of Illinois), Boris Petracovici (Western Illinois Univ), Lia Petracovici (Western Illinois Univ), Chad Westphal (Wabash College)