Math 300: Junior Colloquium
Spring 2018

Office: Fowler 305

Office Hours:

Often in office:


Course Goals

You can find a link to the syllabus here.


Week 1: Due Tuesday January 30

Week 2: Due Tuesday February 6

Week 3: Due Tuesday February 13

Week 4: Due Tuesday February 20

Week 5: Due Tuesday February 27

Week 6: Due Tuesday March 6

Week 7: Due Tuesday March 20

Week 8: Due Tuesday April 3

Due Thursday, April 5

Due Tuesday, April 10

Summary Paper

Final Talks

Tuesday, April 17:
Tuesday, April 24
Tuesday, May 1

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.

Occidental Undergraduate Summer Research

Occidental has an undergraduate research program to sponsor you doing research with a professor. You would need to find a professor to mentor you; the program comes with a $4000 stipend and subsidized (but not free) summer housing. The deadline is February 9.

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates.

The NSF REU program 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. Deadlines are typically in February and March.


The AMS has an info page rounding up several summer internship opportunities. The MAA also has a page of internship opportunities. I’ll try to add more as I find them.