Final Web Project

Each person works alone and only one person per mathematician allowed.
You will revisit your mathematician in the context of what we have learned and will create a bunch of different web pages (This is not a computer designated course, so creating one word document per web page is fine - I will help convert it to web page formats...)
Think of this as aimed at someone who knows nothing about your mathematician, but wants to learn, in order to teach or do a research paper about the mathematician.
Each "number" below should represent a different page, and they will all be linked to a main web page. Enclosed is an example of a main web page from the women and math class, although the criterion for your project is different.
You might have additional pages, depending on your mathematician. Or you might have a very different organization structure than below. Be sure that all of the following are somewhere in your project, but come up with a structure that makes sense for your mathematician. There should not be too much on any one page and each page should have a distinct theme/subtheme.

  1. School Experiences in an Historical Context Compare your mathematician's experiences in school with what other women or minorities experienced in school during that time. (For example, see the history of education readings).
  2. Gender or Multicultural Issues in a Thematic Context What are the issues in this mathematician's experiences? Compare and relate to the themes that we have learned about such as:
    -- Many of our mathematicians were supported by mentors(a teacher or researcher) / family.
    -- Many of our mathematicians encountered gender discrimination, but overcame it (possibly because they had such strong support systems).
    Some of our mathematicians were either not encouraged by teachers or in some cases discouraged from future study even though they obtained highest grades in the class. On the otherhand, sometimes just one teacher suggestion that someone go on in math was enough to make a difference.
    ---There are known to be gender and racial differences in testing (stereotype vulnerability).
    --About 50% of our women mathematicians married male mathematicians. (There have been studies that about 80% of women scientists are married to scientists).
    --Many of our mathematicians "seem" to be underemployed (ie it seems that they "should" have ended up at a research institution, but instead tended more towards teaching intitutions. There are studies that back this phenomenon up that we looked at (see your class notes).
    -- Some of our mathematicians came from or ended up at women's colleges or traditionally black institutions.
    -- There might be certain mathematical areas in which women and minorities specialize.
    --There has been a gender gap in sallaries and promotions (ie promotion to tenured or full professor).
    --Other Issues Related to Mathematics/Academia.
    --Other issues related to society/the historical context.
  3. Summary of Major Accomplishments A brief overview of the mathematician's major accomplishments and mathematical achievements.
  4. What Kind of Mathematician is He/She? In addition to answering as many of the points as you can from the checklist (and inferring (while stating that you are inferring) from other clues). Also, place your mathematician in the context of women and minority mathematicians.
  5. Introduction to the Mathematics A brief introduction to the mathematics that you will discuss and how it relates to the mathematician that you studied.
  6. Survey of the Mathematics A survey of the mathematical ideas involved placed into the context of mathematics, applications to real life, and the importance within the mathematical subspecialty.
  7. In Depth Mathematics An in depth discussion of the mathematics (this might be exactly what you wrote in your paper, but if you had points taken off for depth of content or anything else, you should redo this). Think about how to organize this so that it would be easy to read on the web (perhaps at the top of the page, you create subsections "background material",... - I can place links from subsections to a specific place on a web page).
  8. Introduction to the Worksheet An overview of the classroom worksheet that you will present. Discuss what mathematical background one needs before attempting the worksheet. Discuss your goals for the worksheet.
  9. A Classroom Worksheet
  10. A Main Web Page This should contain an introduction to your web pages, and a list of titles of links to all the different web pages (I'll set up the web links for you). This link should be put into an order that makes sense to you. The order of placement here is random. The order of your pages will depend on your mathematician.
  11. Books A list of all the books (on reserve, in reference, in my office and others that you can find) that contain information about your mathematician, and brief summarys of what info is contained within them. See the searching for mathematicians page.
  12. Web References A list of numerous useful web references and comments about what info is contained within them. See the Searching for Mathematicians page
  13. Articles A list of all the mathematics papers that you can find written by the mathematician -search on MAD, Grinstein's women in math book, MathSciNet from school, the web,... to find these.
  14. Mathematical Genealogy A mathematical genealogy map listing advisor, advisor's advisor, ... and PhD students from the Math Genealogy Project link listed on the Searching for Mathematicians page.
As usual, I am happy to help and give feedback! I encourage you to bring partially completed projects into office hours. I can place pages that you are finished with up on the web as you are ready with them. Your project is due Tuesday the 8th by 6pm. Presentations (these should be non-stressful. Your effort should go into the web pages) will occur Wed 9-11. During the presentation, you will briefly show the class your web pages. We will also do course evaluations (of Dr. Sarah), and I will provide breakfast, but you should bring something to drink (coffee, juice, water...) for yourself. You MUST attend this - no exceptions allowed.

Office hours during finals are (subject to changes - I'll post them onto the WebCT calendar closer to then.):
Thursday TBA
Friday 11-12, 2-5
Monday 11-12, 2-6
Tuesday 12-6
You cannot just deposit a disk with me - you must stay and direct me as I place everything on the web, so I encourage you to do this in parts (each page as it is done) and to not wait until the last minute. This way, you will not lose your whole project because of a computer crashing, a disk dying...