Postbaccalaureate and bridge programs in mathematics

October 5, 2020 – October 6, 2020 all-day
American Institute of Mathematics

This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will be devoted to establishing best practices for creating and running postbaccalaureate programs in mathematics. Postbaccalaureate programs provide a pathway to graduate school for students who have promise and potential but have not been adequately prepared by their undergraduate institutions or have had a break in education due to military service, child rearing, or similar life event. Postbaccalaureate programs are typically year-long programs, where students can build the foundation for a successful graduate career.

The main topics for the workshop are:

  • Structure of the program: timeline, components, curriculum
  • How to work with university administration
  • Securing funding
  • Advertising
  • The application process

The workshop will be a forum for existing and potential postbac program leaders to discuss their stories and figure out what works and what does not — and why. Certain structures that work in one setting may not be optimal in another.

This event will be run as an AIM-style workshop. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and parallel working sessions.

Space and funding is available for a few more participants. If you would like to participate, please apply by filling out the on-line form no later than July 1, 2020. Applications are open to all, and we especially encourage women, underrepresented minorities, junior mathematicians, and researchers from primarily undergraduate institutions to apply.

Before submitting an application, please read the description of the AIM style of workshop.

For more information email [email protected].