Field Trips Motivate Student to Pursue Mathematics

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Published on January 30, 2008

Author: millerj870



A talk given at the annual Joint Mathematics Meeting in January, 2008, in San Diego, CA. The slide accompany a talk about a project at Truman State University to use field trips to regional metro areas to get students jazzed up about their major studies. The program includes students in science and computer science, as well.

Field Trips Motivate Students to Pursue Mathematics Jason Miller (Truman State University) Joint Math Meetings, January 2008

Jon Beck Professor of Computer Science Jason Miller Associate Professor of Mathematics

“School isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” -Richard Louv


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The Program

Saddle-up Sunday noon

Check-in Sunday afternoon

Check-in Sunday afternoon

Relaxing Sunday afternoon

Dinner & Workshop Sunday dinner

Dinner & Workshop Sunday dinner

Return to Hotel Sunday evening

Alumni Social @ Hotel Sunday evening

Leaving the Hotel Monday morning

Morning site Monday morning

Morning site Monday morning

Presentations Monday morning

Tour & Mini-shadowing Monday afternoon

Lunch @ Host Monday lunch

Afternoon Site Monday afternoon

Presentations Monday afternoon

Tour & Mini-shadowing Monday afternoon

Presentations Monday afternoon

Heading Home Monday afternoon

Leaving Town Monday afternoon

Debriefing @ Dinner Monday dinner

Heading Home Monday night

Students benefit: awareness of ‘real’ early-career opportunities practice ‘professional interactions’ and networking Hosts benefit: Brings cream-of-the-crop to potential employers Opens lines of communication with department(s) Program benefits: post-trip ‘buzz’ spreads to other students creates good-will with students Challenges: Assessment of program impact

This work was developed with support from the following sources: Jumpstart Program for 2001-2004 Women in Computer Science Support from Undergraduate Scholars in Mathematics and NSF CSEMS #0123094 Computer Science Mathematical Biology Initiative NSF UBM #0337769 Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical NSF UBM #0436348 Biology Integrating STEM Learning NSF STEP #0431664 Communities

Past Field Trip Hosts: FBI, St. Louis Field Office Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Wolfram Research

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