Networking to get the most out of the Virtual Joint Mathematics Meetings

ByPamela E. Harris.Abbe Herzig

In addition to sharing our mathematical work, the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) provide a valuable opportunity to network with other mathematicians. Networking allows you to learn about other people and what they are doing, meet them, help them know who you are, and generally share ideas about mathematics, education, the profession, or any other topics that you might want to talk about.

今年jmm几乎可以举行,您可能想知道网络的选项以及如何以这种新格式利用它们。当您准备在JMM期间踏上一些虚拟网络时,您应该查看此讨论博客中提供的建议Networking Basics for Math Undergrads. Although the advice provided is targeted for in-person events, much of it continues to hold for a virtual conference. In particular, we suggest the following for virtual networking events.


  1. 创建一个虚拟名片. This can be a google document with a sharable link where you can provide your name and contact information. You can also include where you are in your mathematical journey (Undergraduate/graduate student/on the job market, etc.) and any specific mathematical interests (“interested in algebraic topology”). Bonus points: turn your long sharable link into atiny urlto get a personalized short link with your name on it. Remember to make this document available to the public! You could also share your LinkedIn profile or personal webpage, if you have them.
  2. Have a second document ready so you can keep track of contact information of people you meet, or that they share in a chat.This might be a document you save to your desktop, or you could also have a link to share where folks could write their contact information as well. This will be a helpful resource to you later, so you can follow up and build professional relationships.
  3. Upload a phototo your AMS profile and also in the Zoom platform, so that when your camera is off a picture of you is still displayed. This will help people remember you.
  4. Update your nameas you would like it to appear and so that people can see it displayed in the Zoom window. Feel free to add your pronouns.
  5. If there is an individual or a group of mathematicians you’d like to meet, look at theJMM Virtual Programto see where you can find them (the JMM program is posted on Mountain Time). You can also attend some general networking events, which will be announced in the program email you will receive each morning of the meeting.

While in a networking session:

  1. Turn on your camera, even if only briefly. We understand everyone’s bandwidth (literal and metaphorical) is different. So this could be just initially to say hello and then explain your bandwidth limits and turn it off. If possible, display your photo as mentioned in item #3 above.
  2. Introduce yourself. Prepare a brief introduction in advance, and consider posting the link to your virtual business card, LinkedIn page, or personal webpage in the chat (see #1 above). If you are in a breakout room or talking with different people, feel free to share it again if you meet others you want to connect with.
  3. An online gathering is different from an in-person one in several ways. Online, if you do not show yourself orspeak up,其他人可能不知道你在那里。寻找方法可以知道的方法,提出评论,提出一个问题。不知道要问什么?试试“你能告诉我更多关于这个吗?”或者“我怎么能找到更多?”或者“你能推荐我可以阅读的东西,了解更多关于这个问题吗?”
  4. Step out of your comfort zone. You do not have to talk to everyone or enter every conversation. It can help to prepare some questions or comments in advance. Most people enjoy talking about their own work, so a question about their research can be a good ice-breaker.
  5. Stay in contactwith the individual after the conference. A simple email the day after, where you remind them of your name, institution, and the topic of your conversation, can go a long way in building a new professional relationship. Asking a question about their work in the email can keep the conversation going.

You will find other helpful ideas at these posts from the eMentoring blogs:

You will have the opportunity to use these skills by joining the eMentoring Network and the AMS Department of Education for the informal networking session网络以更好的指导Friday, January 8th from 12:00-1:00 pm Mountain Time. This informal discussion will address questions like: What is mentoring? Who is a mentor? What can students expect from a mentor? Can good mentoring practices be taught? How do people find mentors? How can we adapt our mentoring to be better advocates for those most marginalized within the mathematical sciences? What lessons have we learned about mentoring in the past year, especially with the move to virtual platforms? These and other questions like these will guide our session, whose goal is to network for better mentoring.

Anyone registered for JMM can join网络以更好的指导通过JMM Virtual Program.

We hope to see you there!

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About Caleb McWhorter

Caleb McWhorter is a Ph.D. student at Syracuse University studying Algebraic Number Theory and Arithmetic Geometry. Caleb is also interested in Mathematics Education and Outreach and works as a Teaching Mentor at Syracuse University.
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