Math 300: Junior Colloquium
Spring 2017

Office: Fowler 305

Office Hours:

Often in office:

Course Information


Course Goals

You can find a link to the syllabus here.



I have posted the rubric I will use to evaluate your presentations. I encourage you to send me drafts of your slides or come in and talk to me about your presentation before you give it.

Week 8: Thursday March 30

Week 7: Thursday March 23

Week 6: Thursday March 16

Week 5: Thursday March 2

Week 4: Thursday February 23

Week 3: Thursday February 16

Week 2: Due Thursday February 9

Due Sunday February 5

Week 1: Due Thursday February 2


Comps Part 1

Part 1 of the Comprehensive Exam will be held the week after Spring Break (exact date coming soon). We hope that you will use part of your spring break to help you prepare for the exam.

The exam covers the required topics from the five fundamental courses. You can download the topics lists from Occidental’s website. There is a study guide available here.

We have a number of practice exams from previous years available.

Mathematical Communication

You may find the introduction to LaTeX I wrote elsewhere on this site helpful.

Future Opportunities

I encourage everyone to look for a job/internship/research opportunity this summer. This will improve your resume, and also give you a better idea what sorts of things you might want to do after you graduate. Many of these opportunities will pay you reasonably well.

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates.

One very good source of these is the NSF REU program, which funds experiences where a group of undergraduates from different institutions gather and do research on a math topic for ten weeks over the summer; typically the students also receive a stipend of several thousand dollars.

A list of programs running this summer is available here.