Outreach, Organizing, and Other Service


The Online Undergraduate Resource Fair for the Advancement in Academia of Marginalized Mathematicians (OURFA2M2) is an online conference that aims to support and unite undergraduate mathematicians from any and all marginalized backgrounds and identities. The first conference was held in December 2020 with over 150 participants, and the next conference will be held in December 2021. The conference is organized entirely by current and recent undergraduates. The founding organizers are Alvaro Carbonero, Brittany Gelb, Amaury Miniño, Vanessa Sun, and myself. The current organizers are Shreya Ahirwar, Alvaro Carbonero, Brittany Gelb, Michael N. Johnson III, Luke Seaton, Vanessa Sun, and myself. The 2020 conference was one day and featured "Crash Course" talks to introduce students to a broad topic of mathematics and common undergraduate research questions in that topic, "Our Stories" talks to help students see what the lives of diverse mathematicians look like after undergrad so they can imagine what future they might want to seek out, panels of people involved in different undergraduate career building opportunities, and a networking event, among other sessions. We have received positive feedback and attention and plan to make the 2021 conference two days of similar programming. Since the 2020 conference, we have been asked to write about and share our experiences organizing this conference multiple times. We were invited to present on the process at the University of Guam STEM Conference, and presented again at the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Conference. We wrote up our advice for applying to REU's on the AMS e-Mentoring Blog, and wrote about our experience organizing OURFA2M2 for the MAA Math Values Blog. We have also written about this in the forthcoming book Practices and Policies: Advocating for Students of Color in Mathematics by Dr. Pamela E. Harris and Dr. Aris Winger.Our monthly newsletter includes many useful programs for undergraduates in mathematics. Check out our website and sign up for out newsletter here!

The founding OURFA2M2 organizers, all 20-22 at the time, exhausted, relieved, and thrilled, moments after the last of the conference participants logged off in December 2020.

Sonia Math Days

As a high schooler, I attended Sonia Kovalevesky Math Days for Girls at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These events were so important to me and my decision to study math in college that in my second year as a student at Rose-Hulman, I organized the school's first Sonia Math Day with two other second year students. The event took place in Spring 2018. Sonia Math Days bring local high school girls to the campus of a college or university for a day to learn some cool math and get to know some professional mathematicians. I was involved for two more annual SMD's before COVID put a pause on their organization, but I hope to organize another one this coming year. Here's a short article in the local paper about the event. Rose-Hulman's math department won the AMS 2021 Award for an Exemplary Program, described here, and SMD is among the events the announcement names to demonstrate the department's excellence.

Rose-Hulman Math Department

At Rose-Hulman, I've volunteered to support a variety of programming.I've been a grader, proctor, assistant and award distributor for the Rose-Hulman High School Math Competition 2016, 2017, and 2018, the head grader and assistant for Terre Haute's first two Girls' Adventures in Math (GAIM) competitions in 2017 and 2018, an assistant and proctor for the MATHCOUNTS State Competition in 2018, and assistant, grader, and proctor for the MATHCOUNTS Regional Competitions in 2017, 2018, and 2019.I was a session host, runner, and general assistant for the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Conference in 2017, 2018, and 2019. I interviewed various faculty candidates in 2018 and 2019. The department supplied TA's for the math enrichment portion of Reinvent Magazine's Reinventathon in 2021 and I helped find volunteers for that as well as volunteering myself.

Student Groups at Rose-Hulman

I was the founder and president of Rose-Hulman's Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) chapter from 2018 to 2020. The chapter organizes a variety of programming for our own students as well as high school students, with Sonia Math Days.I served as vice president of Rose-Hulman's Feminist Engineer's Movement (FEM) from 2018 to 2019. FEM organized regular discussions on feminist topics and invited speakers to campus to educate on these issues.I served as outreach chair of Unity, Rose-Hulman's chapter of oSTEM (the professional organization for LGBTQ+ students in STEM) from 2018 to 2019. My primary tasks were managing our relationship with the faculty and general population of the school, and staying in touch with nearby oSTEM chapters.

Other Activities

In 2019, I volunteered as a testsolver for the ASDAN Math Tournament Exam and in 2021 I served as a facilitator for the Girls JAM Math Festival, a collaboration of MAGPIES and the Julia Robinson Math Festival.