A few weeks ago I decided to expand the students perception of who can be a mathematician. So, I organized video chats online with a few of my colleagues from around the country. First and Second hour met with Ananth Hariharan from the University of Nebraska and Kristen Beck from the University of Arizona. The students seemed to enjoy the conversation and asked some interesting questions as to what these people do as mathematicians.
The next block of classes met with Jack Jefferies and Morgan Cesa from the University of Utah. The students seemed to be interested in the espionage aspect of mathematics and whether or not a mathematician can be rich. Jack and Morgan answered many questions and despite some technical difficulties, the students seemed very interested in hearing what other people are doing around the country.
The last block met with Courtney Gibbons from the University of Nebraska. Again the conversation was centered around how much money a mathematician makes. Courtney did a wonderful job explaining to the students what is interesting as far as math is concerned and seemed to engage the students as well.
All in all, this activity was beneficial. The students were able to ask interesting questions about the life of a mathematician and were able to see what other mathematicians physically look like.