Financial Mathematics Proseminar
MAT 5939 Spring 2013
102 LOV
W 3:35 -- 4:50 pm
or 101 LOV F 3:35 by announcement

Prof. Alec Kercheval, office 113 LOV,
office hours MWF 11-11:25, WR 4:30 - 5:15 or by appointment
This course is limited to First Year students in the Financial Mathematics graduate program, or who have permission of the instructor.
The Proseminar will address topics in professional development and serve as an introduction to professional issues, and topics or activities outside the regular courses. A wide variety of talks will be aimed at students at the MS level who are considering career paths in government, the financial sector, or academia.
We will meet weekly as announced -- see for the current schedule. Registered students are required to attend every announced meeting; students are responsible for signing in at each meeting. Typical meeting times are W 3:35, but in certain weeks we may substitute a Friday 3:35 Colloquium. (Students are encouraged to attend our Department Colloquia even when not a Proseminar requirement; attendance is also welcome at the Financial Math Research seminar, Thursdays at 3:35, posted on This Week in Mathematics.)
In addition to attendance, there will be occasional short written assignments, to be announced.
This course is graded S/U. A grade of S will require attendance at all meetings and completion of all assignments. A student who unavoidably misses a class meeting must make it up by completing a written make-up assignment designated by Dr Kercheval.

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