2024 Mathematics Outreach Seminar and Training (MOST) Program
Featuring an in-person training seminar on July 10–12 in New York City
The application window for the 2024 MOST program will open soon!
About the MOST Program
Are you a woman (or someone who identifies as female) who is:
- An early-career mathematician (or someone in an allied field) with a PhD who wants to share your passion about the power of mathematics and its applications
- An advanced PhD candidate in math (or an allied field) interested in sharing your passion for mathematics with others?
Apply to join the Mathematics Outreach Seminar and Training (MOST) program!
This program starts in July with a multi-day training seminar hosted by the National Museum of Mathematics in collaboration with the Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) in New York City. MOST Fellows will join a selective cohort of female mathematicians to develop their ability to share their knowledge and research with the general public in an engaging, easily accessible way.
Through training with the PIT, MOST Fellows will sharpen their diction and word choice, develop an economy of words, and identify their unique presentation style. By speaking passionately about their area of mathematics and receiving feedback from their peers as well as from outreach experts in the MoMath community, the Fellows will refine their voice and style as they create a talk designed to share their area of mathematical expertise with a general audience.
Then, over the course of the coming year, each MOST Fellow will also present her talk to groups of young people, discussing her field of expertise and reaching hundreds of girls to excite them about math and serve as a role model as a female professional working in STEM. An honorarium of $400 will be paid for successful completion of the program.
The application process consists of completing a brief online form. The application window for the 2024-2025 MOST program will open soon. Would you like to apply for the MOST program? Join MoMath’s mailing list to receive updates about the MOST program.
The 2023 MOST Fellows
The 2023 MOST Fellows
Here’s what the Fellows had to say!
- “MOST opened my eyes to new and different ways to communicate mathematics to a general audience.”
- “This was an amazing program about an aspect of math that we really don’t spend enough time on as mathematicians: sharing the joy of math with the public!”
- “I was surprised at how comfortable I was collaborating with a group of people I’d just met and how much I was able to accomplish in such a short period of time… I was also truly surprised that I was able to leave with a very good idea and start to my talk after only three days.”
- “I have found a network of women that I know I can collaborate and consult with at any time.”
- “The improv workshop helped to instill a newfound confidence in my ability to speak in front of others.”
- “I felt enriched and accomplished.”
- “After taking the workshop, I felt more confident in my ability to communicate in a variety of styles. I think I will be able to use this skill to be a more engaging public speaker.”
- “I think this is an excellent way for early career mathematicians to take a step into public outreach, and to have a lot of fun!”
In the News
Check out this New York Times article, What Improv Can Do for Mathematicians, highlighting MoMath’s Mathematics Outreach Seminar and Training (MOST) program. The MOST program works with early career professionals in mathematics who identify as female and helps them strengthen their outreach skills as they share their math expertise in an engaging, easily accessible manner.