Ellen Goldstein
Ellen Goldstein
Mathematics, Dance
Current Job:
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics at Boston College
Current City:
Sudbury, Mass.
High School:
Hudson High School, Hudson, Mass.
Post Graduation:
Ph.D. (Tufts University), Postdoctoral position (Northwestern University), Visiting assistant professor (Boston College)
Activities while at Skidmore:
Terpsichore, Pi Mu Epsilon
Taylor Prize in Mathematics, Skidmore Thoroughbred leader, Summa cum laude with honors in math and dance

Quick Pitch

Any young women majoring in mathematics who wish to pursue serious graduate study should look into the post-baccalaureate program at Smith College. I didn't learn about it until after I was enrolled in graduate school and believe that it would have helped me to transition more smoothly from a small liberal arts setting to a research-oriented institution. Go to conferences and summer workshops in mathematics (you can usually get funding to cover travel and lodging) and participate in a summer REU (research experience for undergraduates) program. Follow your own curiosity and don't forget ANY math you've ever learned.


I've continued to dance and practice yoga and Pilates throughout the years since college. It's kept me sane and healthy through lots of stressful transitions (to graduate school, moving halfway across the country, finding a long-term academic position, becoming a mother). I'm so grateful that Skidmore allowed me to explore such disparate areas of study to such a deep level (though dance is more technical and math is more creative than most people ever know). The relationships I formed with classmates and teachers at Skidmore continue to enrich my life. For example, I am still best friends with my freshman-year roommate! Overall, I'm a happier, more successful person because of my time at Skidmore.