Georgia Tech AMS Grad Student Chapter

About AMS Student Chapters

American Mathematical Society's Graduate Student Chapters enhance opportunities for students to make contacts with students and faculty at their own or other institutions, interact with more established mathematicians, discover career opportunities, sponsor social functions for the mathematical community, find assistance for attending AMS meetings, and engage in outreach efforts to local middle and high schools. 



The grad student chapter at Georgia Tech is organized by


Calendar of Events 


Sage, by Maxie Schmidt

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 16:00, Skiles 001 

Sage is widely considered to be the defacto open-source alternative to Mathematica that is freely available for download to users on most standard platforms at New users to Sage are also able to use its capabilities from any webbrowser and other useful Linux-only software by registering for a free account on the Sage Math Cloud platform (SMC). In addition to providing users with excellent documentation, Sage allows its users to develop spohisticated mathematics applications using Python and other excellent open-source developer tools that are well tested under both Unix / Linux and Windows environments. In this two-week workshop we provide a user-friendly introduction to Sage for beginners starting from first principles in Python, though some coding experience in other languages will of course be helpful to participants. The main project we will be focusing on over the course of the workshop is an extension of the open-source library provided by the Tilings Gap Distributions and Pair Correlation Project developed by the workshop guide at the University of Washington this and last year. This application will allow participants in the workshop to hone their coding skills in Sage by working on an extension of a real-world computational mathematics application in statistics and geometry. 

Prospective participants can gain a heads-up on the workshop by visiting the syllabus webpage freely available for modification online at The workshop guide will also offer continued free technical support on Sage, Python programming, and Linux to participants in the workshop after the two-week session is complete (contact email: Future AMS workshop sessions focusing on other Sage programming topics may be run later based on feedback from this proto-session. Faculty and postdocs are welcome to attend.


Inkscape practice session, by Shane Scott

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 16:00, Skiles 001 

Join us for a discussion of making professional mathematics diagrams and illustrations with free vector graphics editing software Inkscape. We'll discuss and tinker with Bezier curves, TexTex, and vectorization of scanned images.


How to make a (great) slide deck, by Justin Lanier and Shane Scott

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 16:00, Skiles 249 

All of us have seen talks where the speaker uses slides. Some are great, and some are awful. Come and learn how to make great slide decks and how to avoid making awful ones. We will share a number of pieces of software that are easy to use and that can help you to improve your slide decks. We will also discuss best practices and dissect several short slide decks together. Next week there will be a follow-up, hands-on workshop on using the software Inkscape to create mathematical figures for talks, posters, and papers.