The Math-to-Industry Boot Camp is an intense six-week session designed to provide graduate students with training and experience that is valuable for employment outside of academia. The program is targeted at Ph.D. students in pure and applied mathematics. The boot camp consists of courses in the basics of programming, data analysis, and mathematical modeling. Students work in teams on projects and are provided with training in resume and interview preparation as well as teamwork.
There are two group projects during the session: a small-scale project designed to introduce the concept of solving open-ended problems and working in teams, and a "capstone project" that is posed by industrial scientists. Last year's industrial sponsors included 3M, D-Wave Systems, Milwaukee Brewers, National Security Technologies, Schlumberger-Doll Research, and Whitebox Advisors.
Weekly seminars by speakers from many industry sectors provide the students with opportunities to learn about a variety of possible future careers.
Applicants must be current graduate students in a Ph.D. program at a U.S. institution during the period of the boot camp.
The program will take place at the IMA on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Students will be housed in a residence hall on campus and will receive a per diem and a travel budget, as well as an $800 stipend.
To apply, please supply the following materials through the link at the top of the page:
- Statement of reason for participation, career goals, and relevant experience
- Unofficial transcript, evidence of good standing, and have full-time status
- Letter of support from advisor, director of graduate studies, or department chair
Selection criteria will be based on background and statement of interest, as well as geographic and institutional diversity. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Selected participants will be contacted in April.