The Mathematics Department believes that excellence in graduate education is enhanced by creating a diverse and inclusive graduate student community that reflects a wide range of differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences may include country of origin, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, abilities/disabilities, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
To that end, we welcome applications from students with diverse backgrounds, and we regularly participate in outreach events designed to encourage women and members of other underrepresented populations to apply. We evaluate each graduate application holistically, based on the entirety of the record. In addition to considering academic records and mathematical achievements, we also give consideration to personal development, prior work experience, commitment, tenacity, and potential contributions to the diversity of the Math Department and the workforce post graduation. The optional application questions are designed to give each student with their own individual background an opportunity to share some of their experiences, goals, skills, talents, and commitments.