Math Peer Mentor Program

Peer mentor events, Fall 2020

Next event information (posted on April 13): 

The peer mentors will be hosting a hobby talk on Monday, April 19th 5:00-6:00pm. Come join us to hear from Professors Pat Devlin, Taylor McAdam, and Tom Vandenboom talk about how they have navigated their careers while pursuing hobbies and personal interests! The event will be hosted at

Past events this academic year (2020-21): 
  • September 1, 7pm: a bluebooking session co-organized with YUMS . Link to the session is .
  • A social event for current peer advisees. 
  • Imposter syndrome workshop. 
  • A panel session with recent math major graduates about career paths outside of academia. 
  • (A few days later, YUMS held a panel session with recent math major graduates about graduate schools.) 
  • Session on summer opportunities: research programs, internships, teaching jobs, and more. 
  • Talk  (organized by the Math department climate committee) by Francis Su: ”Mathematics for Human Flourishing: Implications for Building More Inclusive Math Departments.” followed by a discussion for undergraduates, hosted by the peer mentors. 

Math Peer Mentors

Alex Cohen

Amber Hu

Christopher Xue

Mirilla Zhu

More about the mentors:

Alex: My name is Alex! I’m a senior majoring in math from NYC. I love all fields of math, and I plan to go to graduate school for math next year. In my free time I do math research, drink coffee, go on long walks / adventures with my friends, and cook lentils.

Amber: Hi! My name is Amber, and I’m a senior math major from Lake Zurich, IL. Besides taking many of Yale’s wonderful math classes, I also do research in applied math and statistics and work as a peer tutor. In my free time, I love reading fiction, playing the piano, and attempting to bake/cook things. I’m happy to share my experiences with classes, research, being a woman in math, and anything else you’re curious about! Looking forward to meeting you all!

Christopher: I’m a math major (unsurprisingly), class of 2021, Trumbull College. Besides studying math, I like playing games in my free time, in particular League of Legends and Tetris. I hope I can be a valuable resource to anyone who has any questions about the major, I’ll help as best I can.

Mirilla: Hi everyone! I’m a rising junior in Saybrook, originally from just outside of Boston. Happy to chat about anything related to the department!

Program overview

The math department has established an informal peer mentoring system, where junior and senior mathematics majors provide advice and information about the major. They can answer questions about what it’s like to major in mathematics, about our classes, job and research opportunities, summer programs, and so on.

This year, our peer mentors are Alex Cohen, Amber Hu, Christopher Xue, and Mirilla Zhu. They will be available for advice about math classes and the math major, and they will organize regular events, such as a bluebooking (= choosing classes) session co-organized with YUMS, a session about summer programs, etc. 

If you are considering a math major, and would like to join one of the peer mentor groups, you can stop by one of their events, or fill out a request at .

Please note that the program is only meant for advice about the major, rather than help with content of any given course. For assistance with a particular class, we encourage you to make use of course-based resources, such as instructor office hours, TA’s, peer tutors, or ULA’s.