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Resources for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

The training and mentorship of younger and early career mathematicians is a special focus of the institute.

Professional development round-table discussions are scheduled throughout ICERM's semester programs. These discussions are intended for postdocs and graduate students from ICERM, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Mathematics departments at Brown University. Sessions are led by Brown faculty and ICERM long-term visitors.


During semester programs, there are regularly scheduled postdoc-graduate student seminars, expressly limited to junior researchers. This gives participating postdocs and graduate students an opportunity to discuss research topics and any other issues openly, without senior people present. The format is completely flexible. For example, it could feature talks by postdocs or graduate students on their current research, or provide an opportunity to read and report on papers, or give an introduction to upcoming talks in other seminars. The group could even ask a senior participant to give a tutorial lecture and then follow up with a discussion session afterwards.

A mentor matching program is in place for those graduate students and postdocs who are at ICERM long-term without their advisor. An ICERM director works closely with the program organizers and the visitors' advisors to make an appropriate mentor/mentee match.

At the beginning of each semester program, ICERM hosts mentor/mentee introductory meetings. These meetings emphasize the idea that mentors should help mentees start to build a research cohort within a field, and help them create contacts and resources which will persist beyond the program and are important for their professional development. ICERM provides a set of ideas and guidelines for these meetings for mentees and mentors PDF.

ICERM will provide shared offices, shared desks and shared computers as space permits for graduate students visiting long-term. Postdocs visiting long-term will be assigned their own desk in a shared office as space permits.

Additional study space is available on campus to anyone with a Brown ID at the "Friedman Study Center", located in the Sciences Library.


Round-Table Schedules

ICERM will hold informal round-table discussions for postdocs and graduate students from ICERM and the applied mathematics, computer science, and mathematics departments with Brown faculty and ICERM long‐term visitors. All meetings will take place from 9:00‐10:00am in ICERM’s lecture hall (room 1115) on the 11th floor of 121 South Main Street. Sessions marked “mandatory” are mandatory for NSF supported participants and replace Brown’s BEARCORE training. A more detailed description of the topics to be discussed can be found in
the Fall 2014 schedule. PDF

Date Topic Hosts Slides
September 11, 2014Job applications in academia TBD
PDF
September 25, 2014Ethics in research I TBD
PDF
October 9, 2014Ethics in research II TBD
October 23, 2014Hiring process TBD
PDF
November 6, 2014Papers and journals TBD
PDF
November 13, 2014Grant proposals TBD
PDF
Date Topic Hosts Slides
September 24, 2013Job applications in academia Bill Dunbar, Gaven Martin, Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede, Saul Schleimer, Sergei Tabachnikov, Gabriela Weitze-Schmithuesen
PDF
October 1, 2013Ethics in research I Jane Gilman, Marcia Groszek, Gaven Martin, Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede, Saul Schleimer, Sergei Tabachnikov, Gabriela Weitze-Schmithuesen
PDF
October 8, 2013Ethics in research II Jane Gilman, Marcia Groszek, Bjorn Sandstede, Saul Schleimer, Sergei Tabachnikov
October 29, 2013Hiring process Bill Dunbar, Bjorn Sandstede, Saul Schleimer, Sergei Tabachnikov
PDF
November 5, 2013Papers and journals Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede, Saul Schleimer, Sergei Tabachnikov
PDF
November 12, 2013Grant proposals Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede, Saul Schleimer, Sergei Tabachnikov, Gabriela Weitze-Schmithuesen
PDF
Date Topic Hosts Slides
February 5, 2013Job applications in academia Cristina Ballantine, Vyjayanthi Chari, Solomon Friedberg, Jill Pipher, Arun Ram, Bjorn Sandstede, Nicolas Thiery
PDF
February 19, 2013Hiring process Cristina Ballantine, Jeffrey Brock, Vyjayanthi Chari, Solomon Friedberg, Arun Ram, Bjorn Sandstede, Nicolas Thiery
PDF
February 26, 2013Ethics in research I Jeffrey Brock, Solomon Friedberg, Arun Ram, Bjorn Sandstede
PDF
March 12, 2013Ethics in research II Jeffrey Hoffstein, Solomon Friedberg, Jill Pipher, Arun Ram
April 9, 2013Papers and journals Elizabeth Beazley, Jeffrey Brock, Solomon Friedberg, Bjorn Sandstede
PDF
April 23, 2013Grant proposals Elizabeth Beazley, Jeffrey Hoffstein, Solomon Friedberg, Bjorn Sandstede
PDF
Date Topic Hosts Slides
September 12, 2012Job applications in academia Loyce Adams, Paul Dupuis, Bjorn Sandstede
PDF
October 2, 2012Hiring process Loyce Adams, Jose Blanchet, Paul Dupuis, Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede
PDF
October 18, 2012Ethics in research I Loyce Adams, Ibrahim Fatkullin, Bjorn Sandstede
PDF
October 23, 2012Ethics in research II Loyce Adams, Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede
November 6, 2012Papers and journals Loyce Adams, Ibrahim Fatkullin, Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede, Mikhail Tretyakov
PDF
November 20, 2012Grant proposals Loyce Adams, Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede
PDF
Date Topic Hosts Slides
February 7, 2012Job applications in academia Jeff Brock, Michelle Manes, Bjorn Sandstede, Joe Silverman, Tom Tucker
PDF
February 21, 2012Hiring process Jeff Brock, Michelle Manes, Bjorn Sandstede
PDF
March 13, 2012Ethics in research I Jill Pipher, Juan Rivera Letelier, Bjorn Sandstede
PDF
April 3, 2012Ethics in research II Juan Rivera Letelier, Bjorn Sandstede, Tom Tucker, Mike Zieve
April 10, 2012Papers and journals Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede, Joe Silverman, Mike Zieve
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April, 2012Grant proposals Michelle Manes, Jill Pipher, Bjorn Sandstede, Mike Zieve
PDF
Job listings:
Academic and nonacademic job searches:

The following links are taken mainly from the AMS Employment Services and from SIAM Careers and Jobs, which contain many other useful links.

Resources and links at Brown:
  • CareerLAB: The CareerLAB website links to an extensive doctoral student packet with information about PhD work and the application process and materials for the academic and nonacademic job market. The CareerLAB also offers workshops and individual consultations on resume and cover-letter writing
  • Sheridan Center: Contains information about cover letters, teaching statements, interviews, and negotiations
  • Brown Student Job and Internship Board: Contains also job postings for graduate students
Components of applications for the academic job market:
Joint Mathematics Meetings:
Guides:
Funding agencies: