GEAUX Research

Here is some additional information for after your first year
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Timeline for Forms and Tests


Generally, when you arrive during GEAUX or during the first week of the semester, there is a lot of time-sensitive paperwork that needs to be handled before classes. This will all be provided to you through email or in person.

Qualifying Exams

To qualify for the M.S. or Ph.D in mathematics, students must pass 3 qualifying exams in the areas of Algebra, Topology, and Analysis. In general, you have 3 attempts at each exam, starting from the time you take the Core I course in that area. These exams are offered each year in August and January, and must be completed by the end of the second year of study. It is generally expected that they be completed by the end of the first year of study.

You can see a list of past qualifying exams and test banks.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: You may take the exams before the semester even starts if you feel you are capable. This is advised if you have had more than 2 semesters of advanced study in these areas. The exams will be going on during the second week of GEAUX in Lockett 232, and are scheduled as follows:

  • Analysis (Monday August 16th 1PM-4PM)
  • Topology (Wednesday August 18th 1PM-4PM)
  • Algebra (Friday August 20th 1PM-4PM)

Contact Dr. Shipman during the first week of GEAUX if you wish to attempt these exams, or you can also register for the exam by filling out this form and emailing it to Dr. Shipman.

General Exam

The general exam to be completed by the end of the 3rd year of study is an oral examination from a selected committee of professors over content which is established by the individual student's Advisory Committee.

You can get more information about the exams

Attending Conferences

If there is a conference you would like to attend, there is a possibility you may be eligible for a travel reimbursement. Information about travel grants will be made available at a later date. If you have any current questions, feel free to contact Miranda Kent.

Research Groups

There is a multitude of research groups that have frequent talks and guest speakers. Current groups include

Student Colloquium

The student colloquium is a mixed group that has accessible talks in a wide range of topics. Generally, refreshments are served before each talk, and questions no matter how basic are encouraged. The student colloquium webpage has examples of past speakers.

The Department Calendar is constantly updated with upcoming talks, and if you are interested in a particular group, you can join the mailing list to receive regular updates.