What are SUBgroups?

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What are SUBgroups?

  • small online peer groups of first-year math grad students that connect students with experiences and identities in common.
  • regularly-scheduled video chat sessions to support and connect with first-years in other programs
  • chances to share successes and struggles, to lift up others, and to bridge into new math experiences. Learn more.

Here’s what some former SUBgroups participants had to say:

“I liked being able to talk to other students who had similar experiences to me. It was a place where I could safely vent about my own school/cohort. It was neat to learn about different programs and how they function.”

“I felt like I was able to learn a lot about other peoples’ experiences and that helped make me feel that I was not alone.”

“Do it! I knew that the first semester of grad school would be rough, and indeed it was, but having an awesome group of people who were willing to talk about their experiences and listen to each other was such a great source of support, validation, and joy, and I’m so thankful to SUBgroups for that.”

We are glad to share that a team of junior physicists has started SU(5), a program modeled on SUBgroups for first-year physics grad students. Please tell your physics friends & colleagues!

Want to learn more about SUBgroups? Here’s how it works.

Over 60 first-year math grad students were a part of our first SUBgroups cohorts in Fall 2019, and we had close to 250 participants in Fall 2020. Grad programs across many states have been represented, as well as programs in Canada and around the world! Here are schools that were represented in Fall 2019:




Bryn Mawr

Cal State – East Bay

Colorado State



Florida Atlantic

George Mason

George Washington

Georgia Tech

Iowa State


Michigan State



Notre Dame

Ohio State

SUNY Albany



Texas A&M

University of British Columbia

UC Riverside

UC San Diego

UC Santa Barbara

Universidad de Chile

University of Colorado – Denver

University of Georgia

University of Hamburg

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

University of Montana

University of New Mexico

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Texas – Arlington

University of Texas – Austin

University of Toronto

University of Victoria

University of Washington

University of Windsor

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Washington University in St. Louis


West Virginia University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute