Mathematician Presentation Checklist

Does the Powerpoint Presentation:


  1. start on time?
  2. flow smoothly?
  3. include enough eye contact with the audience?
  4. look professional?
  5. last between 7-10 minutes total?
  6. make effective use of PowerPoint?
  7. contain enough writing on the board and/or computer?
  8. have everything that is written/typed also orally communicated?
  9. contain only correct historical facts that relate to the themes below? (Do NOT create a biography).
  10. contain at least one picture of the mathematician (except for Fuller)?

    Influences, Support, Barriers and Diversity Issues

  11. address the issue of influences that led them to becoming a mathematician, by answering some (or all, if possible) of the following:
    What influences led them to becoming a mathematician?
    Did they have support from family and society?
    Why did they become a mathematician?
    What kind of barriers did they face while becoming a mathematician?
  12. deeply explore this issue?
  13. address gender, racial or multicultural/ethnic issues in this mathematician's experiences address this issue?
    If your mathematician is a woman, be sure to also address whether they are married and have a family, and whether their husband is also a mathematician or scientist.
    If your mathematician is a white man with no apparent diversity issues, be sure to address whether they have mentored women or other traditional minorities in mathematics.
  14. deeply explore this issue?

    Mathematical Style

  15. address this issue by answering as many of the following as possible?
    How do they describe the process of doing mathematics and/or mathematical research?
    How do they get the flashes of insight that they need to do research?
    How do their mathematical minds work? Do they have a photographic memory? Are they really good with numbers? Are they good at visualization?
    Does the mathematician often collaborate (ie write papers with other mathematicians) or instead mostly work by themselves?
  16. deeply explore this issue?