College of Science

Current Students

First Year Suggestions

New graduate students should focus on their classes in their first year so that they may advance to candidacy (see below). In the first month of the first semester, new students will need to fill out a Graduate Contract. Each emphasis (Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Mathematics Education) has its own set of requirements and its own contract. Consult with the graduate coordinator to fill out the Graduate Contract and figure out which courses to take.

Advancing to Candidacy

In order to begin working with a thesis adviser and earn credit for MAT 6910, 6960, or 6970, graduate students must be advanced to candidacy. A graduate student will be advanced to candidacy when all of the following conditions are satisfied:

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Satisfied the Graduate Writing Test (GWT) requirement;
  • Satisfied all requirements stipulated by the graduate coordinator at the time of admission;
  • Contract approved by the graduate coordinator and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies;
  • Completed 4 courses on the student's contract, at least 2 of which must be at the 5000 level; and
  • 3.0 GPA on contract courses taken thus far.

Moving Toward Graduation

Graduate students who have advanced to candidacy should start preparing a thesis or studying for a Comprehensive Exam. An excellent time to start is the summer before the last academic year.

MathSciNet

Graduate students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics have access to the fantastic resources of MathSciNet via the Library. This webpage allows students to find research articles in all branches of mathematics.

Graduate Timeline and Checklist

LaTeX

  • Write your thesis using LaTeX. Microsoft Word not an ideal tool and should be avoided.
  • Detexify is a helpful tool for finding the LaTeX command for a symbol.
  • The following programs are free to download:

Sample Thesis

Thanks to Dr. Berit Givens, Tzevetlin Petrov, Rolando de Santiago, Sarah Underwood, Brian Kahovec, and Alec Lewald for creating and sharing the files found here.

For starters, rename the cppSampleThesis.tex file with whatever name you want. Save the renamed cppSampleThesis.tex and CPP.cls to the same folder. (Right-click below on the CPP.cls style file to save.) Then use your LaTeX program of choice (in our computer lab, your choices are WinEdt for Windows or TexShop for Macs) to open the renamed cppSampleThesis.tex file. Follow the instructions written in the file.