Opportunities at MoMath

Are you passionate about spreading a love of mathematics, but don’t see the right fit listed here?  Contact us — we’d love to welcome you to the team!  Send a cover letter, your résumé with GPA, and a 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics to jobs@momath.org.



Become a MoMath volunteer and share your love of math with others!

Perspectives: The MoMath Summer College Volunteer Program
Each summer, MoMath offers Perspectives, a volunteer program for college undergraduates.  Students who complete Perspectives gain a strong level of knowledge and experience in what it takes to operate a successful business, as well as exposure to a variety of interesting programs, lectures, and people.  The expected commitment is five days per week for eight to twelve weeks, and it typically includes assignments on the floor of the Museum, in the retail shop, and in MoMath’s administrative office.

Please note that Perspectives is an unpaid volunteer program.  (Many colleges and universities, however, provide funding for students who volunteer in not-for-profits, and applicants should check with their school’s career office to see if their school offers such support.)  More information on Perspectives is available here.  Candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis until the spots are filled.  The application form is available for download here.

MoMath is currently accepting applications for summer 2020 positions.

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Integrators: The MoMath High School Volunteer Program
MoMath accepts a limited number of high school students each year for ongoing volunteer roles during summer vacation and/or September through June.  This is a unique chance to improve your interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, and learn valuable job skills.  MoMath students interact with visitors on the Museum floor and train with professional educators, interpreters, and managers.  Students in the summer program typically volunteer five days a week, for at least eight weeks.  The school-year opportunity requires a commitment of approximately one day per week, typically a Saturday or Sunday.

Please note that the Integrators volunteer program is unpaid.  More information on Integrators is available here.

Apply now for summer 2020, or the 2020-2021 academic year, or both!  The application for Integrators is available here.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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Please also note that MoMath regularly accepts the help of volunteers, high school and older, to implement various evening and weekend events on a one-off basis throughout the calendar year; if you are interested, please write to volunteers@momath.org.

More information about volunteer opportunities is available here.

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Chief Technology Officer

The National Museum of Mathematics makes extensive use of technology to present an engaging and joyful vision of mathematics to visitors.  The CTO position would be ideal for someone who combines a breadth of technology experience with an innovative and creative outlook, who is comfortable both with providing strategic guidance and vision and with managing the detail of implementation where necessary.  This is a newly created position, which provides an opportunity to define both the role itself and the technical vision for the Museum as it enters the next phase of its operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining and enhancing the visitor experience around the existing set of 40+ permanent and traveling exhibits; taking advantage of technological advances in the eight years since the Museum opened to expand and deepen the visitor experience
  • Being a creative partner in the design of new permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits and overseeing the development of these exhibits by in-house staff and/or external vendors
  • Playing a key role in redefining and expanding the Museum’s web presence, improving its effectiveness in conveying information about the Museum, and extending it into a vehicle for providing a version of the “MoMath experience” to a wider audience through new interactives and other features
  • Overseeing and, as needed, redefining the Museum’s infrastructure: networking, audiovisual, retail and e-commerce technology
  • Hiring and management of technical staff

Qualifications:

  • Be a technological generalist with a significant breadth of experience that is in step with the current state of the art; experience that includes familiarity with interactive installations is strongly preferred
  • Have the ability to quickly assimilate unfamiliar and complex technological systems
  • Be eager to collaborate in a design and planning context with a wide range of talented mathematicians, designers, mathematics communicators, and others
  • Be comfortable articulating a strategic vision for the Museum’s technology direction at Board and senior management level
  • Ideally have some background in mathematics, though this is not a requirement for the position

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Chief Technology Officer” and your name: A cover letter explaining how you meet these criteria; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Lead Developer

The National Museum of Mathematics seeks an experienced and creative software developer to lead its diverse development efforts.  This includes upgrades and enhancements to existing exhibits, new temporary and permanent exhibits, interactive experiences for events, web interactives, and internal tools for exhibit control and project management.  The Lead Developer would lead a team of internal developers, and would also interact and collaborate with contract workers and outside vendors on specific projects.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with standard modern development languages (JavaScript, Python) and with at least some of the legacy languages in use at the museum (C#, Java, ActionScript)
  • An enthusiasm for learning and understanding new systems and technologies
  • An efficient approach to development, combined with an ability to develop robust systems that can perform reliably in a highly trafficked public environment
  • Willingness and ability to provide a lead to junior developers and contractors
  • Some experience with physical computing (Arduino, sensors, etc.) is preferred

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Lead Developer” and your name: A cover letter explaining how you meet these criteria; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Assistant Floor Manager

The National Museum of Mathematics is seeking a responsible, efficient, and energetic individual to interact with visitors and enhance their experiences in the Museum, at a level of excellence which will help lead the interpretive staff by example.

The Assistant Floor Manager will be the primary responsible party in the visitor center on those days when the Floor Manager is not present.  This position also assists in overseeing the daily operations and visitor services at 11 E 26th St. in Manhattan, NY.

The Assistant Floor Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring excellent visitor experiences and visitor satisfaction within the Museum 
  • Understanding the master schedule of Museum facilities and the uses to which they are being put in order to help prepare and provide for success in those uses
  • Assisting in overseeing Museum floor staff, security, maintenance, and volunteers
  • Keeping Museum and employment records, such as inventory, attendance, and hours worked
  • Facilitating group visits, parties, and other events in the Museum
  • Replenishing supplies as needed
  • Providing excellent customer service and support to visitors
  • This position will carry a five-day standard workweek that includes one weekend day (Sunday through Thursday or Tuesday through Saturday).  Flexibility in scheduling is required.  This position reports to the Floor Manager.

Management and operations experience with a museum or visitor center, preferably a hands-on science center, is highly desirable, though other management experience will be considered.  This position requires a four-year college degree, preferably in math or science.  Other critical attributes and skills include: a strong commitment to visitor service and visitor satisfaction; personal communication skills and rapport with visitors; strong organizational and writing skills; ability to help lead a diverse team of floor staff, including many part-time employees; ability to coordinate with the education, retail, volunteer, and other staff within the Museum; and a background in or love of mathematics.

Send the following materials to jobs@momath.org with a subject mentioning “Assistant Floor Manager”: a cover letter; CV including grade point averages; and a 150- to 300-word essay concerning your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.



Technical Operations Lead

The National Museum of Mathematics is a technologically advanced institution operating seven days a week, 364 days a year in the public eye.  The Technical Operations Lead is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the infrastructure that powers the Museum, including networking, servers (internal and public-facing), exhibit control systems, audiovisual systems, and desktop computing environments.  They are also responsible for the technological aspects of maintaining the Museum’s exhibits, working in conjunction with on-site exhibit technicians.  The Technical Operations Lead will have vital input into the process of replacing and updating legacy elements of the Museum’s infrastructure and in expanding the Museum’s facilities both online and offline, which will be a major focus for MoMath going forward.

The ideal candidate would be a flexible generalist, with a broad range of experience and the ability to pick up new things quickly. The scale of the Museum’s operations is not giant (two locations, under 100 users, approximately 50 exhibits and related installations); the challenges are more about the demands of maintaining a consistent visitor experience in an “always-on,” highly public-facing environment.  Expect the work to be varied: your week may include helping end users, working with exhibit technicians to debug a custom-designed exhibit installation, presenting a plan for infrastructure upgrades to senior management, and consulting on the A/V setup for a new evening program.  You should be used to taking initiative, prioritizing, and juggling an ever-changing set of demands.

You’ll want to be comfortable with most of the following on day one, and confident about becoming proficient in any items on the list you’re less familiar with:

  • Mac OS (used in both desktop and exhibit contexts), Linux (used for servers and some exhibits), and Windows (used in a few legacy server and exhibit contexts)
  • Standard networking technology (routers, switches, firewalls, network-attached storage, VPNs, etc.)
  • Standalone (primarily Linux) and cloud server technologies (AWS, docker, etc)
  • Basic care and feeding of web servers, databases, and related technologies
  • Audiovisual systems
  • Comfort interacting with users, technicians and senior management, and managing small teams

The following are “nice to have’s”.  The more of them you know, or are excited to learn about, the more fun you’ll have in the job, and the more excited we’ll be to see your résumé:

  • Development experience is not essential to the position, but if you’re comfortable writing scripts and automation tools in python or Javascript, that’s a big plus.  Basic ability to navigate code in C#, Java, and ActionScript is an added bonus since most of our exhibits use one or more of these.
  • Familiarity with embedded systems (microcontrollers, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc) would be a plus.
  • Any electronics design, repair or troubleshooting experience would be welcome.
  • We have exhibit technicians to handle the mechanical aspects of exhibit installation and repair, but if you’re mechanically skilled that’s always helpful.

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Technical Operations Lead” and your name: A cover letter explaining how you meet these criteria; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Educator (Part-time / Substitute / Per diem)

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is a growing institution that provides insight into the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics to a diverse audience of all ages.  Its interactive exhibits and stimulating programs encourage inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math.

MoMath is seeking creative, energetic individuals to join its staff as educators.  The educator role offers the opportunity for a teacher with strong formal K-12 classroom teaching experience to participate in one of America’s major efforts in mathematical outreach to students, teachers, and the public.

This role is an excellent opportunity for an experienced math teacher to stay active in education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Educators deliver a variety of MoMath programs, including:

  • Field trip offerings for classes, camps, and other groups that visit the museum
  • In-museum public demonstrations and group activities
  • Mobile museum curricula, including educational outreach activities occurring in schools, community centers, public spaces, and other off-site venues
  • Internship programs
  • After-school and weekend math clubs or enrichment programs
  • Summer math camps and programs

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one semester of formal K-12 classroom teaching experience is required; experience of at least one year is a strong plus.  Candidates with longer experience, as well as candidates with state certification, are encouraged to apply.  Preschool experience is especially desirable.
  • A strong mathematics background
  • A record of successfully conveying the breadth, beauty, vitality, usefulness, and excitement of modern mathematics to diverse audiences
  • Experience with and enthusiasm for working with groups of K-12 students on mathematical activities
  • A love of communicating mathematical ideas at all levels of sophistication and understanding, especially in ways pitched to be meaningful to a broad public
  • The demonstrated ability to manage a classroom and present a compelling, thought-provoking, and fun experience

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Educator (Part-time)” and your name: A cover letter that explains how you meet the qualifications for the position; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Early Childhood Educator

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is a growing institution that provides insight into the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics to a diverse audience of all ages.  Its interactive exhibits and stimulating programs encourage inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math.

MoMath is seeking creative, energetic individuals to join its staff as early childhood educators.  Early childhood educators deliver MoMath’s weekly program, providing lessons to students 2-5 years old.  This educator role offers the opportunity for a teacher with strong formal 3-K to K classroom teaching experience to participate in one of America’s major efforts in mathematical outreach to students, teachers, and the public.

This is a part-time position based in New York City.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Introduce early childhood students to the concepts of patterns, shapes, and numbers through songs, stories, and activities.
  • Establish familiarity with, and present, MoMath’s early childhood lessons and materials.
  • Greet students and parents.
  • Assist visitors as they explore Museum exhibits.
  • Lead activities at summer camps, birthday parties, and other MoMath programs.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one year of formal 3-K to K classroom teaching experience is required; state certification or museum experience are desirable.
  • A strong mathematics background
  • Experience with — and enthusiasm for — working with groups of young students on mathematical activities
  • The demonstrated ability to manage a classroom and present a compelling, thought-provoking, and fun experience

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Early Childhood Educator” and your name: A cover letter that explains how you meet the qualifications for the position; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Exhibit Technician

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is a growing institution that provides insight into the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics to a diverse audience of all ages.  Its interactive exhibits and stimulating programs encourage inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math.

MoMath is seeking an experienced exhibit technician (or exhibit assistant) with a talent for mechanical and electronic maintenance, diagnostics, and troubleshooting to maintain the Museum’s various exhibits and facility in good working order.  Many of the exhibits are highly complex interactives with integrated hardware, firmware, and software.

This opportunity can be either a part-time position or a full-time permanent position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Resolving routine physical and electronic problems in the Museum’s exhibits
  • Making repairs or performing needed maintenance to the Museum’s facility
  • Assisting MoMath senior and technical staff to improve exhibits and make daily progress on outstanding exhibit and/or facility issues
  • Transporting MoMath traveling exhibits to external locations (by minivan), and installing and troubleshooting them
  • Monitoring exhibit and facility status daily, and logging and reviewing issues in MoMath’s tracking system
  • Operating a laser cutter for various Museum fabrication needs (previous laser cutter experience is not a requirement)
  • Sourcing and purchasing materials and equipment
  • Maintaining exhibit maintenance repair and storage facilities in good order
  • Communicating with fabricators and other partners and vendors as needed to speed resolution of outstanding issues

Qualifications

  • Experience with diagnosing and resolving mechanical and electronic issues
  • Experience building, repairing, refinishing, and being generally handy
  • Competency with carpentry, finishing, and power tools
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record are required
  • The ability to lift 50 pounds is required
  • Strong communication and organization skills
  • Systems administration experience, though not a requirement, would be useful

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Exhibit Technician/Assistant” and your name: A cover letter explaining how you meet the above criteria; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Assistant Designer

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is a growing institution that provides insight into the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics to a diverse audience of all ages.  Its interactive exhibits and stimulating programs encourage inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math.

MoMath is seeking a creative and skilled assistant designer to help develop its one-of-a-kind exhibits and installations.  The Museum features innovative, interactive, and exploratory exhibits — designed with a sophisticated design sensibility and an inventive use of technology.  The assistant exhibit designer will help develop current and future exhibits and consult with vendors, fabricators, and third parties through all steps of the design and fabrication process.

This is a full-time permanent position that offers a full suite of benefits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Associate Director / Chief of Design with design tasks associated with current and future exhibits and program materials.
  • Develop 3D computer drawings based on Director’s design and technical lead, from concept sketch through to bid drawings.
  • Create concept renderings for presentation in various formats including slide shows and brochures.
  • Ideate and create visuals of design alternatives.
  • Explore and document design solutions addressing spatial, technical, and structural issues.
  • Devise detailed and coordinate drawing sets for price estimation and fabricator bids.
  • Research materials and equipment.
  • Monitor communications with fabricators.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in exhibit design or related (architectural, interior design, industrial design) required
  • Proficiency with Vectorworks or similar CAD program (MoMath is a Vectorworks office) required; proficiency with other 3D modeling programs that complement Vectorworks is a plus
  • Strong 3D design skills; modeling, rendering, graphics integration
  • Familiarity with Adobe suite of graphic design and publishing programs (most graphic design tasks are handled by MoMath’s graphics designer)
  • Familiarity with the physical properties of typical materials found in exhibits and furnishings
  • Prior experience and familiarity with exhibition design
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with Museum staff and be able to effectively communicate with external partners

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Assistant Designer” and your name: A cover letter explaining how you meet the above criteria; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Program Coordinator

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is a growing institution that provides a diverse audience insight into the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math.

MoMath is seeking a Program Coordinator to provide administrative and coordination support to a variety of highly visible events and ongoing activities such as tournaments, speaker series, public presentations, gifted classes, and summer camps.

This is a full-time permanent position based in New York City. It offers a full suite of benefits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establishing and implementing the day-to-day plan for MoMath initiatives, events and activities
  • Determining the resources and tasks that are needed in order to implement programs
  • Ensuring that schedules and deadlines for program requirements are met
  • Communicating effectively and professionally with MoMath staff, vendors, visitors and participants
  • Executing programs at MoMath’s high level of excellence

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years’ work experience in a relevant role required
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Superb organization skills and attention to detail
  • A successful record of administrative problem-solving and trouble-shooting
  • Extraordinary communication and presentation skills in writing, on the phone, and in person
  • The drive and patience to roll up sleeves and ensure that the minutiae of a complex plan fit together perfectly
  • Comfort with and positive attitude toward mathematics, and a passion for education or museums
  • A strong sense of professionalism and responsibility
  • Previous experience in organizing events, programs, or activities is a strong plus

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Program Coordinator” and your name: A cover letter explaining how you meet the above criteria; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Product Developer

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is a growing institution that provides insight into the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics to a diverse audience of all ages. Its interactive exhibits and stimulating programs encourage inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math.

MoMath is seeking a Product Developer to help bring an exclusive series of new mathematical toys and games, inspired by the Museum’s innovative range of exhibits and by the wonder and beauty of mathematics, to market. This is a creative role, and the successful candidate will be expected both to have input into the development of existing ideas and to put forward ideas of his/her own for consideration.

This is a full-time permanent position that offers a full suite of benefits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working in collaboration with exhibit designers, mathematics consultants, and technical staff, take initial ideas from concept or prototype form to a final product that is suitable for mass marketing to educational institutions and the general public
  • Identify creative, cost-effective manufacturing solutions to enable the creation of entertaining new games, toys, and puzzles
  • Drive the sourcing and supplier process, including negotiating price and supplier agreements
  • Communicate directly with suppliers and factories to ensure they understand the design requirements and meet quality guidelines and deadlines

Qualifications:

  • History of success as a detail-oriented project manager overseeing the entire product life cycle, from idea to prototype to mass production
  • Proven aptitude to manage complex projects within time and budget constraints
  • A record of producing or conceiving of at least one compelling toy or puzzle, preferably math-related, not currently in commercial production
  • Strong ability to select, negotiate with, and manage contract manufacturers
  • Familiarity with 3D CAD (e.g. SolidWorks/Autodesk Inventor)
  • Experience with rapid prototyping / additive manufacturing preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of manufacturing, global supply chain, and regulatory requirements

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Product Developer” and your name: A cover letter explaining how you meet the above criteria; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Interpreter (Docent)

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is a growing institution that provides insight into the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics to a diverse audience of all ages. Its interactive exhibits and stimulating programs encourage inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math.

MoMath is seeking full-time and part-time Museum docents (“Interpreters”) to help visitors of all ages, including school groups and families have a rewarding experience during their time at the Museum. These positions require a solid math background, the ability to connect with learners of all ages, and comfort with hands-on education. A strong commitment to customer service is essential.

Full-time and part-time Interpreter opportunities are available. The full-time position offers a full suite of benefits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting visitors as they explore Museum exhibits
  • Explaining the mathematical concepts underlying exhibits and discussing them with visitors
  • Leading interactive demonstrations for Museum visitors as needed
  • Monitoring the status of exhibits to ensure they are in working order and keeping them in neat condition, ready for use
  • Assisting with presentations when educators need additional help
  • Escorting school groups into the Museum
  • Greeting visiting classes and other groups upon arrival
  • Hosting birthday parties and other group events
  • Being a smiling and welcome presence on the Museum floor
  • Monitoring the Museum floor for safety issues
  • Directing visitors to retail for appropriate content-related items
  • Assisting with retail when needed
  • Performing other tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in math, science, or equivalent is desirable; college students majoring in math or science are welcome to apply
  • A demonstrated passion for mathematics
  • Strong communication and presentation skills and comfort speaking in front of large groups
  • Previous experience working with children and/or families is a plus
  • Experience in formal education, informal education, and/or with a museum in a visitor-oriented role is a strong plus, but not required

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Interpreter” and your name: A cover letter explaining how you meet the above criteria; a current résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement concerning your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.



Integrator (Volunteer Docent)

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is a growing institution that provides insight into the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics to a diverse audience of all ages. Its interactive exhibits and stimulating programs encourage inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math.

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is seeking volunteer Integrators to interact with individual visitors and school groups on the exhibition floor to help them have a rewarding experience during their time at the Museum. This position requires a solid math background, the ability to connect with learners of all ages, and a comfort with hands-on education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Helping to maintain a friendly and welcoming environment for Museum visitors of all ages
  • Engaging with children and adults exploring the Museum and explaining various math concepts through floor activities and permanent exhibits
  • Understanding the Museum’s mission and helping to make MoMath a great family experience
  • Being an active member of the Integrator Program, which includes a commitment of at least two four-hour shifts a month
  • Attending a monthly professional development meeting
  • Dressing in a professional manner and being a positive representative of the Museum
  • Working on other projects as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Passion for mathematics and for the mission of MoMath
  • Bachelor’s degree in math, science, or closely related field
  • Excellent presentation skills and a strong grasp of customer service
  • Comfort speaking in front of large audiences
  • Experience in education, museums, and/or informal learning
  • Previous experience working with children and/or families is a plus

To apply, please email the following to jobs@momath.org with a subject line that includes “Volunteer Integrator” and your name: A cover letter that explains how you meet the above criteria; your résumé, including grade point averages; and a separate 150- to 500-word statement describing your views on mathematics or a life experience you have had related to mathematics.