F FEB 10    XIAOMING WANG


         W FEB 15   ZIAD MUSLIMANI       

F FEB 17    NICK MOORE    

M FEB 20   MARK van HOEIJ      

W FEB 22   ERIC KLASSEN          

         W MAR 1    PHIL BOWERS            

F MAR  3    PAOLO ALUFFI           

         M MAR 6    MARK SUSSMAN       



F APR 7     MATH HONORS DAY  101 LOV      


W APR 12   MARTIN BAUER           200 LOV   PURE


           W APR 19   CRAIG NOLDER           200 LOV   PURE



INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH:  mat5933-0001 Sp'17 

as announced within MWF 2:30-3:20 200 & 204B LOV


These short talks are “for students only”and all department graduate and major undergraduate students are invited. Professors tell about their interests and expertise. The talk schedule accommodates special department activities and teaching, seminar and travel of speakers.  See course website (after Feb 10): http://www.math.fsu.edu/~case2/ir17.htm   The talks are usually also announced on TWIM http://www.math.fsu.edu/News/TWIM/  The talks, informal and short, are followed by student intros, cookies and conversation.


The professors who speak invite PhD students with interest in their ideas to come to their offices to chat further. The talks acquaint students with current faculty research interests and expertise.  Students meet with more faculty members than are usually met in the classes of a student’s desired study area.


A goal of the seminar is also to help students complete their doctorate by giving information which will give the student more confidence in choosing a specialization for intended research, and the professor to direct that research. Listening to introductory remarks by a number of professors also gives better awareness of faculty expertise and good ideas for supervisory committee members.


Enrolled students.  First year PURE and ACM students should bookmark the website and check before Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – there may be a newly scheduled talk.  Talk announcements are marked “PURE”, “ACM” or “PURE and ACM”; attendance is expected at all talks listed for a student’s area; for talks designated both “PURE and ACM” everyone is expected to attend.


Faculty.  Bettye Anne Case (Professor Emerita) and Phil Bowers (Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies) are instructors-of-record; Professor Case is the lead organizer with the cooperation of the ACM Director, Professor Kyle Gallivan, and the PURE Director, Professor Ettore Aldrovandi. Professor Case: 213 LOV, office hour Wed 2:30 or appointment (email case@math.fsu.edu). Professor Bowers: 118 LOV, office hours WF 10. 


Eligibility and Assignments. 


Š       First-year PURE and ACM students who are registered for mac5933 or receiving fee waivers from the department/college are expected to participate by attending all talks.

Š       If your absence is unavoidable, please arrange to meet asap individually with the professor missed and write a few sentences about that discussion; due date noon Mon Apr 24.

Š       Each student will follow up talks of the most interest by arranging an office appointment to chat with those profs.


Written semester project:  Either (a1) and (a2)  OR  (b).  


(a1)  Arrange office chats with  3  or more  professors (in addition to makeups). After each visit, write a paragraph or more about the mathematics discussed.  And (a2)  Near the end of the term, write about your current thoughts and your own personal timetable for determining your Major Professor.  




(b)  If, by the end of the term, you have a mutual agreement with an "intended Major Professor” to work with you in developing your Candidacy, pending satisfactory written or exempted qualifiers, then you may write only about the direction of your intended research.  It is courteous to give a copy of this to your “intended Major Professor”. 


Grading.  The grade of S on your transcript is earned by:  attendance at (or makeup of) at all talks required for your area and timely submission of the “Written semester project” above. Otherwise a U is recorded.


FSU Syllabus Change Policy:  Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.   

University Attendance Policy:

Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.

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Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:

(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and

(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.

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