Are you curious about what mathematicians actually do when they do research? This project will introduce students to the process of and tools for discovering, talking about, and writing up original mathematical results.
Before Winter Term, participants will consult with the project sponsors about mathematical areas they might choose to pursue. During Winter Term, participants will read recent papers and find problems to investigate. The sponsors will support student efforts to carry out computational experiments and to prove new results. We will also support learning background mathematics and tools for mathematical writing, such as LaTeX.
Many participants will work in pairs or small groups. The entire group will meet twice a week to discuss general topics, share progress, and brainstorm. Each participant will also meet with a sponsor regularly about their own project focus.
We hope that students will have taken at least one of MATH 220 and/or MATH 232, but please talk with the sponsors if you have any questions about background. This proiect is appropriate for first- and second-year students, especially those considering a Mathematics major.
Interested students are encouraged to contact the sponsors, Elizabeth Wilmer and Jack Calcut, as soon as possible.
Number of students:
January 3rd - January 28th, 2020