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Sol Garfunkel, Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP), Chair;
Chris Hirsch, Western Michigan University;
Barbara Reys, University of Missouri;
Karen Marrongelle, Oregon University System;
Paola Sztajn, North Carolina State University



A Summary Report from the Conference “Moving Forward Together: Curriculum & Assessment and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics”


Toward A New Non-Traditional High School Curriculum

Careers in Mathematics

Materials from the Future of High School Mathematics Conference

Washington Mathematics



Summary Report of Curriculum Design, Development, and Implementation in an Era of Common Core State Standards Conference

This report is based on discussions during a conference organized by the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum (CSMC).



Washington Mathematics is sponsored by Washington Teachers of Teachers of Mathematics (WaToToM), and presents our perspectives on mathematics, teaching and learning mathematics, and teaching teachers of mathematics. We value educational research, participate in conducting research, and are dedicated to navigating the complexities of human learning.


Materials from the Future of High School Mathematics Conference

New Priorities and New Resources:

The Future of High School Mathematics Report


The following poster describes some of the conference activities and gives numerical and graphical results from our online survey:

Conference Activities Poster


The following Plenary addresses by David Bressoud, Steve Rasmussen, David Mumford and Cathy Seeley.

College Perspective

A Publisher as Advocate for Change: The Need for New Publishing Models

Rethinking the possibilities and attractions of algebra and geometry

An Imperfect Storm: What will it take to transform high school mathematics in the United States?


Click the following links to view videos of the Plenary addresses.

Sol Garfunkel (Intro) - Sept. 25, 2008 - 6:10 Running Time

David Mumford - Sept. 25, 2008 - 48:50 Running Time

David Bressoud - Sept. 26, 2008 - 25:04 Running Time

Cathy Seeley - Sept. 26, 2008 - 40:57 Running Time

Suzanne Wilson - Sept. 26, 2008 - 30:50 Running Time

Steve Rasmussen (Part 1) - Sept. 27, 2008 - 50:29 Running Time

Steve Rasmussen (Part 2) - Sept. 27, 2008 - 19:59 Running Time




Careers in Mathematics

Unfortunately, if one picks up the help wanted section of a newspaper such as the NY Times one does not see listings under “mathematics.” Yet, there are a huge variety of careers that mathematical training makes possible. More possibilities open up with more training. While many people think of mathematics as preparing people for careers in the information sciences, science, technology, engineering and mathematics itself, this is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many examples of people who major in mathematics as undergraduates and then pursue careers in business, social science, law, or humanities.

What follows is a small sample of the sites available on the Web, many maintained by professional societies tied to mathematics, about careers in mathematics.

This Website offers an overview of mathematical careers, descriptions of how to prepare for careers in mathematics, a day in the life of people who work in the field of mathematics in business, industry, and government, and a description of how mathematics applies to science, nature, technology, and human culture.  Earnings of mathematicians are also provided, along with possible employment opportunities, job-hunting advice, professional development possibilities, and a career path forecast, which describes where mathematics is heading. Links to professional organizations for mathematicians and profiles of mathematicians are also presented. There is also an overview available in PDF, PowerPoint, and Podcast, any of which can be downloaded. These resources are available for Actuarial Science and Statistics as well.


This Website, entitled “Careers in Mathematics,” provides examples of how statistics and mathematical modeling are found within many other disciplines, including medicine, economics, business, and science. Computer science as a mathematical field is also described as well as the option of teaching and researching mathematics. There is also a graphic organizer of some of the major areas of mathematics and how they are related along with descriptions of each area at the bottom of the Website.


This site is sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics and provides articles and links to resources for women in mathematics.  It not only includes six different resources about careers in the mathematical sciences and four different links to job listings, but also presents many other resources for mathematicians who are just starting out on their own in the mathematical world. Information about organizations, grants, mailing lists, and general links are also presented. Some of the information is specifically for women, but for the most part the information is not gender specific, especially the careers sections.


This Website contains a link to a video, which shows interviews with mathematicians working in industry, business and government. The interviewees discuss their day-to-day work life and how their background in mathematics contributes to their ability to do their job.  The interviews were conducted at the job locations, showing the work environment and some of the projects mathematicians contribute to as part of multidisciplinary teams.


 This Web page is for students who like math, but don’t know what they can do with it when they get out of school, or have a job in mind but don’t know how much math education (BS, MS, or Ph.D.) they need.  This Website also provides links specifically for careers related to statistics.  There are also links to videos about careers in mathematics.


This Website includes information about programs for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in mathematics programs, camps, and competitions. Careers and employment services for people at all levels of mathematical training are also provided, from highschool students to Ph.D. mathematicians. General information about non-academic careers and articles about issues in mathematics are also presented for anyone interested.


This Website is part of the Mathematical Association of America Website and provides a link to various career profiles. There are also links about a career as an actuary, in statistics, and financial engineering.  Many professional societies that provide career advice about mathematical sciences are also mentioned, and links are provided for more information.  Lastly, there is information regarding programs for those who are interested in teaching mathematics.


This Website is all about careers in statistics. There is a link to a PowerPoint presentation which overviews the field of statistics and the opportunities available to statisticians. Job characteristics for statisticians are listed as well as an explanation of what statistics is and other subject areas that it connects to, such as biology, economics, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, education, and sports. The Website also offers different tabs to click on that explain what statisticians do, what industries employ statisticians, how to become a statistician, and other resources about careers in statistics.


This Website discusses careers in operations research and the management sciences. There are six profiles about people who work in operations research and the management sciences. The Website also presents twelve questions and answers to help students decide if a career in operations research and the management sciences would be right for them. The questions and answers include descriptions of what operations research/management science is and where you can get the preparation you need for careers in this area. There is also a job placement service within this Website.


This Website specifically discusses teaching mathematics. There is information about why math teachers are important, how to become a math teacher in both the United States and Canada, and why certified math teachers are in demand. There are also resources and tips for math teachers. Steps that current students can take towards a career in math education are also presented as well as the possibility of a NCTM student membership, which is for college students at half price.


This Website has six sections about careers and jobs in mathematics. The “SIAM Job Board” link allows you to create an account to post your resume and browse online employment opportunities. Employment opportunities are also listed in the “Career Websites of SIAM Corporate Member Organizations” section. There are also job search resources for students. The “Thinking of a Career in Applied Mathematics?” link provides an online guide to careers in applied math, and explores careers of people with degrees in mathematics. There is also a section about internships in computational science and engineering, and a “Math Matters, Apply It!” section, which is an awareness campaign to help people learn more about the mathematics behind everyday life and technologies we encounter. This campaign provides eight different PDF files which are available for download.



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