Senior Seminar

Math 4149

Spring 2003

Departmental Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Verjovsky Marcotte Telephone: 464-8878

E-mail:cynthm@admin.stedwards.edu Office: Andre Hall 305

Web: http://www.stedwards.edu/~cynthm

Office hours:Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 to 12:30

Wednesday10:00-11:50

Class meeting: Fri 2-4:15 in FH106. Class meets from 2:00-3:00 most days.

Each student will give two 30 minute practice seminars, one with final transparencies, the second one may be with transparencies or, at the studentsí choice, in Powerpoint.Each student will write a paper on the same subject as their talk.

Students will be required to attend the Lucian Symposium. They will also be required to attend 8 talks in Senior Seminar.Attendance in SOURCE or the MAA meeting may substitute some of these. Please talk to me about this.

Students are also encouraged to participate in Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Texas Section Meeting with a talk or in SOURCE (Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression) with a poster.

§MAA Abstract Submission Deadline: January 24th, 2003

Web Submission form: http://www.tamu-commerce.edu/AcademicOrganizations/maa/abs_form.html

§SOURCE Seminar Abstract Submission Deadline: March 7th, 2003

Information: http://www.stedwards.edu/SOURCE/2003/index.htm

Course Prerequisites: Math 4148, senior standing, and consent of instructor and supervisor.

Course Content: See General Handout, as well. The course focus is a 25-minute seminar presentation based on current research in the mathematics literature and/or the studentís previous semesters of undergraduate research. A corresponding written summary of the research must also be submitted.

Meetings with Seminar Supervisor: You each have a seminar supervisor (your Math 4148 instructor). I am the Departmental Instructor. Each student is required to meet with their seminar supervisor weekly and failure to appear will reduce your grade or result in WA grade.

Grade: See General Handout, as well. Your seminar presentation grade will be determined by jointly by the mathematics department faculty and guest experts. Your seminar supervisor will determine the written paper grade.

Presentation: 50%

Paper: 30%

Attendance: at meetings, symposia, practices, MFT, discussions, etc. 20%.

Please note on the general handout, that in order to PASS, each student must successfully give the seminar as scheduled, take the MFT, and turn in an acceptable paper. IF YOU DO NOT turn in an acceptable paper, you will

Dates:

Students will meet weekly with their seminar supervisors.
 
Friday, January 17 
-Meet in FH 106
Friday, January 24 
-Meet in FH106

-Hand in 200 word or less abstract of research. 

-Optional: Submit abstract to MAA online

-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

Friday, January 31
-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

-Give 1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of:

Abstract, Outline of Paper, plus at least 3 references (in Sci Notebook)

Friday, February 7 
-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

-Attend LUCIAN Symposium

-Give 1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of:

Full Outline plus several completed Transparencies (in Sci. Notebk.)

Friday, February 14
-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

-Give 1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of:

Introduction of Paper, plus previous work (in Sci Notebook)

Friday, February 21
-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

-Give 1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of:

1 or more Sections of Paper, plus previous work (in Sci Notebook) &

1st draft of Transparencies (in Sci Notebook)

Friday, February 28
-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

-Final Abstracts for Senior Seminar due, to departmental instructor

-Give 1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of:

2 or more Sections of Paper, plus previous work (in Sci Notebook) & 2nd draft of Transparencies (in Sci Notebook)

Friday, March 7
-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

-1st Practice Talk, with transparencies. 

-After corrections, bring SciNotebook disk with transparencies

-Give 1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of:

Complete 1st draft of Paper (in Sci Notebook)

-Optional: Submit abstract for Poster for SOURCE

Friday, March 21
-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

-2nd Practice Talk, with transparencies or Powerpoint

Wednesday, March 26 &

Thursday, March 27

-Final Dress Rehearsal (Time & place to be arranged)
Friday, March 28 
-Morning: SOURCE

-Afternoon: Senior Seminar

Saturday, March 29
-Morning: Senior Seminar
Wednesday, April 2
-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

-Optional: MAA format practice ¾15 minutes.

Friday, April 4
-Give 1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of:

Complete 2nd draft of Paper (in Sci Notebook)

-MAA Meeting

Friday, April 11
-Individual meetings with seminar supervisor

-MFT

-Give 1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of:

Penultimate Draft of Paper due

Friday, April 25
-Final Paper Due

receive a grade of F, and that is bad because it is one full year before this course is offered again. A paper copy of your presentation slides is NOT an acceptable paper.

Both your presentation and your paper must be prepared using Scientific Notebook. You must submit both a paper and an electronic version of your seminar paper. (You may either email me an attached SciNotebook file, or give me a diskette.)

Exam dates: MFT is April 11th starting at 2:00 p.m.

Seminar dates: Seminars will be scheduled for the afternoon Friday March 28. You must attend the required number of seminars. I will also allow some credit for attending other symposiums such as Lucian, SOURCE, and MAA. Details will be provided in class.

Final Exam: none.

Academic Honesty: All work submitted for grading and represented as being oneís own work, must be created as the result of oneís own thought and effort. If such work is not the result of oneís own thought and effort, such actions constitute a violation of the academic honesty standards required in this course. The normal penalty for academic dishonesty is a grade of F for the course.

Disabilities: Any student who has a certified disability and/or handicap that requires special consideration with respect to their class performance must inform me privately before the third class day so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is VERY important. Any student missing 3 or more classes, including individual weekly meetings, is likely to be unprepared for his/her seminar, and is likely, at instructorís discretion, to be dropped with the WA grade. Missing any scheduled meetings with the departmental instructor or the seminar supervisor without a valid excuse and without making the missed meeting up will adversely affect that studentís grade. Any student who has not given a practice seminar which would earn a grade of C or higher, by Mar. 21 will, at instructorís discretion, be dropped with a WA grade. It is in neither the studentís nor the schoolís interest for the sttudent to give an ill-prepared public seminar.

Due dates: You must meet the required due dates that mark your progress through the course. Failure to meet 4 or more deadlines in a timely fashion will drop your grade by one or more letter grades.

Seminar Paper: Your paper must contain a title page, with your name, SEU ID number, title of paper, course name and date. This is followed by your abstract. The body of the paper is to be divided into sections, with headings. The title of the sections may vary depending on your topic. Typical layout follows, for an example paper on "Spherical Mappings on R":

* Title page

* Abstract

* 1. Introduction

Suitable number of sections related to your topic.
2. General Properties

3. Orthogonal Mappings

4. Mappings on Integers

5. Mappings on R

* 6. Conclusion and Open Questions

* 7. References

*Must have this section

Title page should have:
Math 4149

Senior Seminar

Name

SEU ID

Supervisor:


Abstract should be 200 words or less

Introduction should be at least 2 pages, double-spaced in 10-point font.

The main part of the paper (sections 2 to n) should be at least 8 pages. 

Conclusion and Open Questions section should be at least 2 pages.

You should have a minimum of three references that are from refereed journals.

References must be in alphabetical order, using either numbers or letters to cite the articles. Please note they should NOT appear in the order they are cited in the text (unless that coincides with alphabetical order).