Professional Development

A MS or PhD degree in Applied Mathematics will open the doors to many different careers in academia, industry, business or finance, and government. See this webpage (produced by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) for more information. 

This page provides links to the materials presented in several professional development workshops held throughout the academic year. 

Summer internships: why they matter, and how to apply

Summer (and academic-year) internships are one of the most important components of undergraduate (and graduate) training. Future employers, and/or future PhD program admissions committee, always pay particular attention to candidates with research experience gained through these programs. 

This presentation (Fall quarter workshop) discusses the importance of internships and provides a variety of ways to find available ones. 


Careers after SciCAM. Alumni Presentations.

What kinds of careers are available after a MS in Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics? 

Alumni from our program present a wide range of possibilities, and discuss how they found their jobs, and what are the most valuable skills they acquired in the MS program that they use every day -- the answers may surprise you! 

This document is the program for the 2020 presentations, including a description of our speakers. 

This document details the 2021 alumni panelists. 

This document details the 2022 alumni panelists

How to write a compelling PhD program application

After deciding to apply to PhD programs, it is important to write the best possible application in order to get not only many offers, but good offers (i.e. with great financial packages). 

This workshop walks through the various components of a PhD application, and how to present yourself in the best possible light. 

Choosing to do a PhD: how to decide and how to find programs
How to start a job search

Starting to look for a job can be very daunting. This presentation by Jennifer Wood (MESA/MEP) provides students with some guidance as to what the first steps are, including discovering what kinds of jobs you may be interested in, how to prepare for job applications and where to find job openings.

This is a link to the job market analysis site, O*Net discussed by Jennifer, including the skills profiler.

This is another good site looking at your skills and what careers are available:

This site will help you prepare for coding interviews if you are applying to software engineer positions (also see MEP classroom for hardcopies of books on coding interviews.