Graduate Learning Space Study Group
The Department of Mathematics is planning to form a small
committee of graduate students who will represent the activities
of the GLS Study Group. They will make a dedicated webpage of
the Study Group and post all their activities online. Here is
the detailed plan of the activities of the Study Group and the
use of GLS:
- Mathematics Seminars. Use GLS as a space for the current
(and future) seminars. Currently, we run ones on Partial
Differential Equa- tions, Philosophy of Mathematics, and
Mathematical Modeling. A dedicated room for these seminars
has a number of advantages, not least of which is that it
allows for a much longer discussion/question period.
- GRE and Prelim Study Groups. There are already small study
groups of graduate students who study for the GRE and the
PhD preliminary examinations, but a dedicated space and
schedule would make it much easier to coordinate, especially
with new graduate students.
- Graduate/Graduate or Graduate/Undergraduate mentorship and
training. Some of this already happens informally.
- Survey Groups/Paper Clubs. Have directed discussion groups
to survey different areas of mathematical literature. These
could be scheduled, or relatively impromptu, and could be
over any sort of material that can be found in the
- ProjectWorkshops. Use GLS to have student collaborate on
projects. There are some instances of this happening already
on campus, and this would be a great way to help students
get help on thesis work, or to work on separate
- Professional Development Workshops. There are many topics
that don't neatly fit into classes or things, such as "How
grant proposals work in Mathematics," or "How to improve as
a TA", that would be very nice to run through GLS. These
activities would be mostly graduate student driven, but if
desired, we could get faculty and others involved as needed.
- Video Conferences. Many major conferences and workshops
are now either live streaming, or recorded, so there is no
reason we can't take advantage of this. GLS will have full
videoconferencing capabilities, so there are many
possibilities here. Additionally, all of the above
activities can also be done much more easily over distance
with this technology.