Tondeur Initiatives

With the support of Philippe and Claire-Lise Tondeur, we’re coordinating with our sister societies to create programs providing support to mathematicians interested in careers in business, industry, and government.

About the Tondeur Initiatives

In 2018, Philippe and Claire-Lise Tondeur made donations to SIAM, American Mathematical Society (AMS), and Mathematical Association of America (MAA), to support U.S.-based mathematicians interested in careers outside the professorate in business, industry, and government (i.e., “BIG” careers). In his many leadership roles that include directing the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation from 1999 to 2002, Philippe Tondeur has tirelessly championed mathematics and mathematicians. SIAM leadership thanks Philippe and Claire-Lise Tondeur for their vision, advocacy, and generosity.

The initiatives funded under the Tondeur donation align with the mission of the BIG Math Network, which acts as a repository of information for students seeking BIG internships and careers. SIAM is proud to work in coordination with the BIG Math Network and its fellow mathematics societies to implement the Tondeurs’ vision. 

Talking BIG Jobs Interview Series

SIAM, in collaboration with AMS, is conducting a webinar series of live and interactive interviews of mathematicians in BIG jobs, where the interviewers are graduate students in the mathematical sciences. Participants will learn about the opportunities and challenges, both mathematical and professional, experienced by mathematicians working in a variety of sectors, and will have the chance to pose their own questions directly to the interviewees.


Another installment of our Talking BIG Jobs Interview Series will take place on Thursday, April 8th at 3 p.m. ET, featuring Tondeur Fellow Sarah Minucci as the interviewer and guest Dr. Carla Cotwright-Williams of the Department of Defense, as the interviewee.

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Student Media Fellow Program

SIAM, in collaboration with AMS, is conducting a yearly competition to select a two-person cohort of interviewers for the BIG Jobs Live Interview Series. U.S.-based graduate students in the mathematical sciences who are interested in receiving training from Philadelphia’s public media station, WHYY, and applying those skills as interview hosts, are invited to submit 4-minute videos that demonstrate their potential. A committee selects two members of the cohort, who are brought to Philadelphia to undergo training and launch their year as Student Media Fellows.

Student Media Fellows

Sarah Minucci, Virginia Commonwealth University
Caitlin Waddle, San Francisco State University

BIG Career Data
BIG Career Data

SIAM, in collaboration with AMS, is gathering data on the career arcs of a sample set of Ph.D. mathematicians who graduated in the mid-2000’s. A report based on this study is expected to be available in 2020.