You will be meeting regularly with your advisor(s), member(s) of the math faculty, throughout the process.
In addition to your advisor, it is strongly recommended that you have a SECOND READER for your paper so that you receive constructive suggestions from more than one person (advisor) way before you submit your near-final version to the mathematics faculty. This second reader should be another (preferably math) faculty member.
You should give a version of your paper
to your second reader at AT LEAST TWO WEEKS before your near final version
is due. The idea is that your near final version has been read
and commented on by at least two faculty before the other math
faculty members read them.
We suggest that you have your second reader chosen at the beginning of the second semester of your project so that he/she is aware of the time required to read your paper.
The mathematics senior seminar is the capstone course in the mathematics curriculum, and it is meant to be an integrative experience for you. You may be combining topics, materials, and skills you learned from more than one class, or you may be combining your mathematical knowledge with a personal interest. Certainly the paper will require you to use your writing skills as well as your mathematical skill. For a handful of students, the presentation is a totally new experience, requiring mastery of the subject matter, technical control over the mode of presentation, and public speaking skills. We are sure you will find your year-long experience challenging while at the same time, fun and worthwhile.
You MUST include your name, your faculty advisor's name, your second reader's name, the title of project, date, and an ABSTRACT, at the beginning of your paper. (More details about your paper are given below.)
The following link is a template for Math 4901. The template contains the math styles and format for writing your paper.
Only under extenuating circumstances will other
arrangements be made.
The coordinator of Math 4901 needs to be informed
of any changes or extenuating circumstances
at the beginning of the semester you plan to finish your senior seminar,
i.e. your presentation.
If you do NOT follow the deadlines, you risk receiving an
F grade for Math 4901.
If you do NOT follow the deadlines, you risk receiving an F grade for Math 4901.
| ||Spring 2012-Fall 2012||Fall 2012- Spring 2013||Spring 2013-Fall 2013||Fall 2013- Spring 2014|
|Advisor Chosen||Jan 25||Sept 4||Jan 22||Sept 4|
|General Area Chosen||Jan 25||Sept 4||Jan 22||Sept 4|
|Specific Topic Chosen||Feb 15||Sept 25||Feb 15||Sept 25|
|Project proposal with mathematical foundation and research plans due:||May 1||Dec 5||May 1||Dec 9|
|Second reader's access to draft :||at least two weeks before near final version is due||at least two weeks before near final version is due||at least two weeks before near final version is due||at least two weeks before near final version is due|
|Near final version due||Nov 12||March 25||Nov 15||March 21|
|Discussion with faculty committee||Nov 19||April 8-10||Nov 25-26||April 7-9|
|Presentations||Nov 27||April 15-18||Dec 3-4||April 14-17|
|Final version due||Dec 4||April 26||Dec 10||April 25|
During the first semester that you signed up for Math 4901, you are
expected to do preliminary work, meaning searching for the
math literature and looking for the mathematical foundation needed for
Your proposal should be a summary of your project's basic intent,
what you have done, and what you have yet to do to complete your
senior seminar project.
You MUST submit an electronic copy of your proposal to the
coordinator by the due date.
Links to a couple of examples for a proposal are:
By definition, near-final means this version is almost an ε amount away from the final version. Your near final version should include suggestions from your advisor and your second reader; and it should contain the name of your advisor and second reader, and an ABSTRACT.
Your near final version should NOT have sections or subsections undone nor the entire set of references/bibiographies missing.
The difference between the near-final version and the final version includes suggestions from your advisor, the feedback from faculty during the 15-min discussion, and the feedback from anyone during the presentation.
You MUST submit an electronic copy of your near final version to the coordinator by the due date.
And you will also be given a copy of the Math 4901 evaluation form This eval form will be given to everyone who attends your presentation. This is so that you will know the attributes that will be assessed.
Usually, it takes about 15 minutes per student for this discussion.
You are requested to incorporate changes or suggestions from the
faculty committee into your final version of your report and also
into your presentation.
You are advised to incorporate as many appropriate suggestions as possible from your advisor, the feedback from faculty during the 15-min discussion, and the feedback from anyone during the presentation into your final version.
You MUST include your name, your faculty advisor's name, your second reader's name, the title of project, course (Math 4901 Math Senior Seminar), date, and an ABSTRACT, at the beginning of your paper.
You MUST submit an electronic copy of your
final version to the
coordinator by the due date.
Since your choice of advisor and general area is important to you, you should probably actually make these choices during christmas break or summer break if you are starting in Spring or Fall semesters, respectively.
You are expected to meet about twice a month with your advisor throughout the academic year. Towards the end of the first semester, your advisor will expect to be seeing appropriate progress toward completion of the paper. You should be becoming clearly more expert on your topic. You should be gathering the necessary data or carrying out the necessary computer work, if appropriate. The paper should be taking shape. By the middle of the second semester, you should start preparing your presentation as well.
If by the end of your FIRST semester in Math 4901, you did NOT show any progress in your Math 4901, or have not identified a math faculty as an advisor, or have NOT been working with your advisor, or did NOT turn in your math proposal, then you will earn a grade of F at the end of the first semester.
Unless prior arrangements have been made with the Math 4901 coordinator, if by the end of your SECOND semester in Math 4901, you did NOT complete your presentation, or did NOT turn in your final paper on time, then you will earn a grade of F.
Your K grade in Math 4901 at the end of the first semester of the course will be changed to an A-F grade no later than two semesters after the K grade was awarded.
|30%||Active participation throughout the process|
|10%||Project Proposal with mathematical foundation and research plans|
|30%||Final written paper|
Active participation throughout the process means primarily that you have worked substantially in between meetings with your advisor and you have attended all the math senior seminar presentations during the two semesters that you are working on your senior seminar project.
Your overall course grade will be decided by your advisor in consultation with the rest of the math discipline faculty.
To enhance the value of the presentation component of the course, audience members will fill out the Math 4901 evaluation forms after each presentation. Your advisor may use these comment forms to help determine your grade for your presentation. However, the principal purpose of these forms is to provide you with useful feedback.
In addition to your advisor, you should have a SECOND READER for your paper so that you receive constructive suggestions from more than one person (advisor) way before you submit your near-final version to the mathematics faculty. This second reader should be another (prerably math) faculty member. And second reader should have a draft of your paper at least two weeks before the near final version is due.
In pure mathematics, if you choose to present a famous result, you might find it hard to be original. In this case you might want to examine the presentation of this result in two reference works. You could combine what you felt was best from these two presentations, keeping in mind your particular audience. You could perhaps add an example that you worked out yourself.
In applied mathematics, applying something you learned in a class to your own situation or your own data would be original enough.
Regardless of your topics and of the areas of your topics, if you are actually using what you learned in some of your advanced math courses here, you're probably on track. What to include and what to omit in your paper and presentation is subtle; your advisor should give you help here.
The coordinator of Math 4901 Senior Seminar for 2012-2013 is
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com or stop by my office (Science 2330) if you have any questions at any time, and please do not procrastinate in asking if you are unsure of something.
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