The student seminar provides an excellent opportunity for Wellesley College students to present mathematical research and different topics to both their peers and faculty.
Presentations are usually substantial, typically lasting about fifty minutes from 12:30 to 1:20. Speakers therefore develop both public speaking and researching skills through their participation.
Students who are interested in speaking should be on the lookout for an email from the student seminar coordinator. Typically a call for presenters is sent out to the departmental email list at the beginnings of the spring and fall semesters. If you aren't on the departmental email list, you can contact Melanie Chamberlin to find out who is coordinating the student seminar (or you can sign up for the Math Department Google group so you can stay up-to-date on departmental events).
Schedule for Fall 2014
Students who are giving talks in the student seminar are asked to complete this sheet to help them prepare for their talk.
|Sept 15||Alexi Block Gorman and Sharon Shiao||Good, Clean Fun with Matrices: The Nicest Sounding Properties You'll Ever Meet|
|Sept 22||Prof. Andrew Schultz||Putnam problem session|
|Oct 6||Bridget Schrenier||Hash functions|
|Oct 20||Summer research programs panel|
|Oct 27||Angelu Gu||RSA Cryptosystem|
|Nov 3||Spring course preview lunch|
|Nov 10||Snow Zhang||The Diagonalization Theorem and Undecidability|
|Nov 17||Lulu Ye||Quantifying quality: Ranking ultimate frisbee teams|
|Dec 1||Nancy Zhang||Stochastic Branching Processes|
|Dec 8||Emily Kurtz||Graphs and Gray codes|
Interested in Speaking in the Student Seminar?
Any student interested in lecturing may seek faculty advice on finding a topic appropriate for her; a list of possible student talks is also available here. A PLTC public speaking tutor will be able to help in preparation. To see the seminars presented in the past, please click here. This website offers tips on giving a good presentation, as well as this document. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are also available.
Need help finding a good presentation topic?
The key to a good presentation topic is finding a piece of mathematics that you find intriguing but would like to know more about. Then, you will have fun doing the background research for the talk and your enthusiasm for the topic will help you give a good talk. Here are some suggestions for finding a good topic:
- Has there been any math topic in class or at an internship or job that you wanted to learn more about? If so, google around about that topic for more information and ask your talk advisor for advice.
- Check out http://www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/ to peruse some fun math facts, and see if any catch your fancy.
- Another great place to look are the magazines Math Horizons and The College Mathematics Journal. These magazines have math articles that are meant for audiences with a background in college mathematics. Math Horizons is specially meant for college students; we have (online) access through the Wellesley Library. Peruse a recent article for ideas. The College Math Journal and Mathematics Magazine (another more expository journal that can be more advanced) can be searched (but not viewed) at: http://www.math.hmc.edu/journals/journalsearch2/
Already have a topic presentation in mind?
Here is a list of faculty members who can help assist you as you develop your presentation.
Andy Schultz (on leave '13-'14)