During the last few years, the workshop has facilitated discussions on a variety of topics of interest to college and university
faculty. Topics in the past have included directing undergraduate research projects, grant writing, encouraging and retaining
under-represented groups in the number theory community, and time management.
Based on the successes of previous sessions, we plan to hold discussions again this year.
From a research rut to results to publication.
Every researcher gets stuck. So what is a mathematician to do with a half-completed project or a problem that just doesnít work out? And at various stages in any project, issues arise such as the worthiness of a result and where to publish. Here we discuss various ways to cope with these and similar situations. Topics include:
∑ What to do with a project that doesnít work out.
∑ How to begin and continue successful collaborations.
∑ How to determine the value of a result.
∑ How to determine that a project is finished and where to publish the result.
How to attract and graduate successful students.
Advising students, undergraduate, Masterís, and PhD students, is a major part of every faculty memberís job.
It is enjoyable and satisfying, but also takes time and is sometimes frustrating. So how can a faculty member†
attract students and see them toward their successful completion of their degree, and perhaps beyond?
Here we discuss ways of attracting students and pushing them to succeed. Topics include:
∑ How to reach, and perhaps recruit students.
∑ How to help a student through academic (and perhaps other) difficulties.
∑ What is the role, and limits, of an advisor (undergraduate and graduate).
∑ How hard should a student be pushed.