Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

6-4-2011

Abstract

Mathematics graduate programs and companies that employ math majors often want to ascertain an applicant’s potential for research. However, in many undergraduate courses, assessments consist only of regular exercise sets, quizzes, and in-class tests. Without doing a senior research thesis or landing an official REUs, students do not regularly gain experience in or an appreciation for research. Courses in the humanities regularly require students to write in the discipline, progressively preparing them methodologically for “writing in the field.” This begs the question: could math departments do a little more to prepare our students to use mathematics beyond college?

In this talk, we explore options for incorporating undergraduate mathematical research and wiring into regular course assignments. The speaker will present a number of topic questions used in a variety of courses and illustrate the results with actual student work.

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