Grad School, Tips

4.5 Ways to “Keep Calm And __[incert anything]”

How to manage grad school, a part-time job (or jobS), a relationship (or a family) and not to go crazy? If you've been to grad school for over 6 month you have probably figured out that it's a rhetorical question. However, we c an always brainstorm strategies to "Keep calm and ______". The next question… Continue reading 4.5 Ways to “Keep Calm And __[incert anything]”

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Grad School, Tips

Assorted Stereotypes About Grads

Some people perceive millennials as a generation of spoiled coffee-drinking infantile youngsters with hyper-extended childhood who take about 30 years to 'find themselves' only to find themselves working as baristas while pretending to be engaged in 'vaguely creative activities'.   Misconceptions about graduate students, especially the ones in humanities go even further. Just for laughs - here… Continue reading Assorted Stereotypes About Grads

Grad School, Research, Uncategorized

Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting 2016 – Niagara!

This weekend was really mathematical for me! I went to Canadian Mathematical Society Annual Winter Meeting! This year it was held in Niagara falls. We didn't get to see the falls and the fire alarm nearly chased us out of the conference halls, but overall the trip was incredibly productive and fun. I also met… Continue reading Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting 2016 – Niagara!

Grad School, Research

Pedagogy -Balancing on the Border of the ‘Image’ and the ‘Body’ of Knowledge

The lines between the 'body'and the 'image' of knowledge can blur. One of such ‘grey’ area is education.

Guest posts around the web, Tips

Things to do in 5 spare minutes

Do you ever have these awkward 5-minute time slots in your day when you are either waiting for a bus, getting ready for  a conference call, etc.?  Here are a couple of ideas on what to do in those 5 min. You can exercise, snap photos, call a friend... the rest of it is on… Continue reading Things to do in 5 spare minutes

Grad School, Guest posts around the web, Tips

Recover Your Creative Spirit

All of us have a creative bone in our bodies. Have you ever broken in? If so, I posted a step-by-step guide for recovering your creativity just in time for the back-to-school season. http://www.lifehack.org/456391/5-steps-to-get-creative-again How do you stay in tune with your creative side? Any tips?

Grad School, Tips

Your Most Productive Morning Commute

Are you trying to become a 'morning person' for the back-to-school season? See a tip that would help with beating the morning grogginess while keeping you productive. http://www.lifehack.org/452497/one-tip-for-beating-the-morning-grogginess What do you do during your morning commute?

Grad School, Guest posts around the web, Media, Tips

How to stop putting things off

  Another post on Lifehacker.Org about taking 5 minutes a day to start off a project hat you have been putting off, finding and eliminating the reasons that are holding you back. http://www.lifehack.org/445462/start-a-project-you-have-been-putting-off-in-just-5-steps Is there a project that you have been putting off?

Grad School, Research

A ‘quirk’ that Dedekind, Mendeleev and Hilbert had in common :)

I always get an extra boost of creativity, motivation and productivity in my graduate research after periods of teaching.  I've been working at different math summer camps for the last few weeks, and the experience was tiring and challenging at times.  However, after the camps were finished I noticed that some ideas related to my… Continue reading A ‘quirk’ that Dedekind, Mendeleev and Hilbert had in common 🙂

Grad School, Research, Travel

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014

  I was honored to be one of the speakers at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics held with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Once again, I was speaking of various regional differences in the Soviet mathematics education.  The comments from the attendees were… Continue reading Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014

Grad School, Research

Localities – Graduate Student Conference at York University

On May 3rd and 4th York University hosted the Localities conference. See the following link for the program that was offered http://yorkustsgradconference2014.wordpress.com/program/ I was honored to be one of the speakers.  I was speaking of regional differences in mathematics and science education of the Soviet Students.  This was a new talk that I have recently prepared and… Continue reading Localities – Graduate Student Conference at York University

Grad School, Research, Travel

Marseilles, France: Academic Travel Edition of Collected Curiosities

This week I am participating in a "Sources in History of Mathematics" program in Marseilles, France Here are some non-academic remarks: —A bank representative asked me if Marseilles is in the USA.... not even sure how to comment on that. —Airport shuttle bus signs in Marseilles duplicate all the information in Arabic and English —I… Continue reading Marseilles, France: Academic Travel Edition of Collected Curiosities

Grad School, Research

The toughest thesis advisors

My mom’s thesis adviser wanted each student to have a research log book.  Weekly research goals needed to be designed and recorded by each student.  If the student failed to reach his own goals, the adviser would simply say: “I did not force you to put that goal down.  If you were not able to… Continue reading The toughest thesis advisors

Grad School, Research

Fields Medal Symposium in Toronto – done!

There is no Nobel Prize in mathematics--- [Many of you are now recalling the famous story about Alfred Nobel's conflict with Gosta Mittag-Leffler over a woman. Sorry to disappoint you, but there is no historical evidence for that.  More details can be found on the website of the University of Waterloo https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~alopez-o/math-faq/node50.html] --- However, The Fields… Continue reading Fields Medal Symposium in Toronto – done!

Grad School, Research

Engineers on the pages of Russian socialist realist novels of 1910 – 1960

Russian society, before and after the Revolution of 1917, revered scientists and engineers whose expertise was utilized to increase the country’s industrial and military might.  The presence of numerous literary works influenced by the method of socialist realism, where engineers are represented as primary and secondary characters, illustrated society’s interest in the personal and professional… Continue reading Engineers on the pages of Russian socialist realist novels of 1910 – 1960

Art, Creative writing, Grad School, Math, Outreach, Research, Stories, Uncategorized

Work day of a mathematician

 “What does a usual work day of a mathematician look like?” (grade 8 student) “Unlike writers and novelists, mathematicians do not even publish their work too often. What do they do all day?” (grade 9 student) “What do professors do when they are not teaching undergraduate courses?” (grade 11 student) “How do researchers manage their… Continue reading Work day of a mathematician

Art, Grad School, Photography, Research

That day when I completed my coursework

  This is my work desk. A usual desk of a grad school student. Do you think that in grad school we get paid to read interesting books? Sometimes we do. We like some books more than others, but the most important part of grad school is to convince yourself that something that you must… Continue reading That day when I completed my coursework

Grad School, Research

First course in history of math and other exciting events of 2012

This is what seemed super-exciting to me nearly a year ago.  To be honest, I still think it is exciting (go ahead and call me a nerd :):) ) first posted at https://math.escalator.utoronto.ca/home/blog/category/the-life-of-a-math-student/page/2/ My final year as an undergraduate at U of T was full of exciting academic events. I went to numerous Fields Undergraduate… Continue reading First course in history of math and other exciting events of 2012

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“You study math and what…???” – How math and history majors merged into one

As a student of the Concurrent Teacher Education Program I knew that eventually I will need to have two teachable subjects. Despite of all difficulties I really enjoyed my math classes and I did not even think of studying anything else. By the end of the second year I had a lot of math courses… Continue reading “You study math and what…???” – How math and history majors merged into one

Grad School, Research

How I ended up in Grad School

This post was written a little over a year ago (in 2012) and was posted first at https://math.escalator.utoronto.ca/home/blog/mariya-week1/ This is how I ended up in a PhD program for History of Mathematics My name is Mariya. I have just graduated from UofT majoring in Mathematics, History and        Eduation (Concurrent Teacher Education Program). I was… Continue reading How I ended up in Grad School