To be posted on this webpage:  The schedule of “For students only” short talks (see also TWIM), and the syllabus for Intro to Research (doctoral first year ACM/PURE students are registered).


Wed 17 Jan  2:30, 200LOV:  Kate Petersen    (required for PURE first year students)


Fri 19 Jan   2:30, 200LOV:   Kyle Gallivan    (required for ACM first year students)


Wed 31 Jan 2:30, 200 LOV:  Mark van Hoeij  (required for PURE first year students)


Fri  9 Feb   2:30, 200 LOV:  Washington Mio  (required for PURE and ACM first year students)


Fri  16 Feb  2:30, 200 LOV:  Ettore Aldrovandi   (required for PURE first year students)


Wed  21 Feb  2:30, 200 LOV:  Jerry Magnan   (required for ACM first year students


Fri  23 Feb  2:30, 200 LOV:   Nick Cogan   (required for PURE and ACM first year students)


Mon  26 Feb 2:30, 200 LOV:  Steven Bellenot (required for PURE and ACM first year students)


Fri  2 Mar  2:30, 200LOV:   Sam Ballas   (required for PURE first year students)


Mon 5 Mar 2:30, 200 LOV:  Chris Tam   (required for ACM first year students)


Wed  21Mar 2:30, 200 LOV:  Mark Sussman (required for ACM first year students)


Fri  23 Mar 2:30, 200 LOV:  Sergio Fenley (required for PURE first year students)


Mon  26Mar 2:30, 200 LOV:  Craig Nolder (required for PURE first year students)   WAS POSTPONED


Mon  2 Apr 2:30, 200 LOV:  Kyounghee Kim  (required for PURE first year students)


Wed  4 Apr 2:30, 200 LOV:  Sanghyun Lee (required for ACM first year students)


Fri  6 Apr – Please attend reception at 3:00, then Math Honors Day at 3:30 101 LOV   (No 2:30 talk, please attend MHD)


Wed 11 APR 2:30, 200 LOV:  Paolo Aluffi (required for PURE first year students)


Mon 16 APR 2:30, 200 LOV:  Sasha Reznikov (required for PURE first year students)


Wed 18 APR 2:30, 200 LOV:  Craig Nolder (required for PURE first year students)


Fri  20 APR 2:30, 200 LOV:   Ziad Musslimani (required for ACM first year students)



INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH:  mat5933-0001 Sp'18 


meets  MWF 2:30-3:20 200LOV as announced by emails and TWIM


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 talks are usually announced on TWIM   The talks, informal and short, are followed by student intros, cookies and conversation.  The talk schedule accommodates special department activities and teaching, seminar and travel of speakers. 


The professors 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 first year classes of a student’s desired study area. 


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


Audience and goals.  All department students are invited to attend talks of interest (see TWIM). The seminar helps participating students move along efficiently toward achieving the doctorate.  Students gain more confidence in choice of a specialization for intended research, and the professor to choose to direct that research. Listening to introductory remarks by a range of professors also gives better awareness of faculty expertise and good ideas for other mentors and supervisory committee members.   Advanced graduate students in the department who attend the talks as listed on TWIM also receive these benefits.


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 and the PURE Interim Director, Professor Mark van Hoeij. Professor Case: 213 LOV, office hours W 2-2:30, 3:20-4 and by appointment (email  


Eligibility and Assignments.  


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. 


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


(a1)  Arrange office chats with  4 or more  professors.  For at least  3 chats, write a paragraph or more about the mathematics discussed.  And (a2)  Near the end of the term, write several paragraphs 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”.  Note: you are not expected to have selected an “intended” this early, but each year a few students do.


Grading.  The grade of S on your transcript is earned (otherwise a U is recorded on your transcript) by:  

Š       attendance at (or makeup of) at all talks required for your area and

Š       submission of the “Written semester project”above by April 30.  Please put a printout in Red File in Dr. Case’s Room208 mailbox and also send a copy to her email: ; it’s always good practice to copy yourself).


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.

Academic Honor Policy:

The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University’s expectations for the integrity of students’ academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to “. . . be honest and truthful and . . . [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University.” (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at

Americans With Disabilities Act:

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.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the:

Student Disability Resource Center

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Florida State University

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(850) 644-9566 (voice)

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