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Home > Undergraduate Studies > Courses > Math 3941 Colloquium for Majors

This course is one credit and is required for majors. You earn the credit by attending the undergraduate math colloquia typically held every other Thursday afternoon from 3:00-4:00. On occasion a colloquium may be arranged in the "off" week or a day other than Thursday. An announcement about each talk is sent to you about a week in advance. The talks are aimed at lower level math majors. They are given by professors from UMD, professors from other universities, and UMD math graduate and undergraduate students. Occasionally we have speakers from business or industry (usually former UMD math majors)that tell us how they use math in their job, how they got the job, what kind of projects they work on, etc.

The purpose of the course is three-fold. One, to expose you to mathematical ideas different than those you learn in your courses. Two, so you are able to listen to a math presentation and be able to give a written report on the presentation. This will improve your writing skills. Three, so you can hear about the kinds of jobs and work that UMD graduates with math degrees are doing.

To pass this course you must earn 16 points. These points can be earned by attending colloquia (1 point each), by attending and submitting an acceptable report (2 points) or by presenting a colloquium (up to 4 points). At least four points must be earned for written submissions. There is a sign up sheet at the talk. As an example, you can complete the requirements by attending ten talks and writing reports on six.

You can start accumulating points at any time even though you may not officially register for the course until your senior year. We keep track of your points on Moodle as you earn them. In fact, most people earn their points over two years. It is difficult to earn 16 points in one year. You should attend every colloquium that seems interesting to you. That way you won't be caught short of points your last semester at UMD.

You should officially enroll for the course the semester that you will complete the requirements. Please check out the following link to the course syllabus that provides details about what is expected in your written reports. You can also check out the above samples of satisfactory reports and of well done ones that give you a good idea of what to expect in your written reports.

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