Graduate Program

Special Pre-enrollment Program in Mathematics at Rutgers

SPP 2020 - A special program for entering PhD graduate students

The lectures, problem sessions and Written Exams will be held remotely.  

The format of the program will be two three-hour modules each day, on analysis related and algebra related topics respectively. Prof. Mariusz Mirek will teach the analysis topics from 9:30am to 11:30am, with Graduate Assistant Victoria Chayes taking over from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Prof. Angela Gibney will teach the algebra topics from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, with Graduate Assistant Weihong Xu taking over from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. 

A few talks by faculty members will also be included in the afternoon session of Friday, August 21, 2020 to give an idea of the dissertation research being done at Rutgers.

It is also an opportunity for new students to meet each other and to get acquainted with some faculty members and continuing graduate students.

The lectures and problem sessions will be remote this year.  

Monday, August 17

  • 9:15 - 9:30am - Introduction by Lev Borisov
  • Link will be provided on CANVAS
  • 9:30 – 11:20AM : Analysis Lecture (Mirek)
  • 11:30 – 12:30PM : Analysis Problem Session (Chayes
  • 12:30 – 1:00PM : Lunch Break
  • 1:00 – 1:15pm:  Meet with Technology Staff in Room 705 - Emails, computers, etc. via ZOOM
  • 2:00 – 3:50PM : Algebra Lecture (Gibney)
  • 4:00 – 5:00PM : Algebra Problem Session (Xu)

Tuesday, August 18

  • Links will be provided in CANVAS
  • 9:30 – 11:20AM : Analysis Lecture (Mirek)
  • 11:30 – 12:30PM : Analysis Problem Session (Chayes)
  • 12:30 – 2:00PM : Lunch Break
  • 2:00 – 3:50PM : Algebra Lecture (Gibney)
  • 4:00 – 5:00PM : Algebra Problem Session (Xu)

Wednesday, August 19

  • Links will be provided in CANVAS
  • 9:30 – 11:20AM : Analysis Lecture (Mirek)
  • 11:30 – 12:30PM : Analysis Problem Session (Chayes)
  • 12:30 – 2:00PM : Payroll Onboarding Process -> (Tentative); Lunch Break 
  • 2:00 – 3:50PM : Algebra Lecture (Gibney)
  • 4:00 – 5:00PM : Algebra Problem Session (Xu)

Thursday, August 20

  • Morning - FREE TIME
  • 12:30 – 2:00PM : Lunch Break
  • Links will be provided in CANVAS
  • 2:00 – 3:50PM : Algebra Lecture (Gibney)
  • 4:00 – 5:00PM : Algebra Problem Session (Xu)
  • 5:00 – 5:30PM : Faculty Research Glimpse #1 Speaker :  Kasper Larsen
  • Title: "Math-finance in a math department
  •  Abstract:  "This presentation will give a short overview of what Math-Finance is and what kind of mathematical tools often used to construct our proofs".

Friday, August 21

  • Links will be provided in CANVAS
  • 9:30 – 11:20AM : Analysis Lecture(Mirek)
  • 11:30 – 12:30PM : Analysis Problem Session (Chayes)
  • 12:30 – 2:00PM : Current students : "What every Math grad student should know" Our Liaison Committee sent you an email regarding this.
  • 2:00 – 3:50PM : Algebra Lecture
  • 4:00 – 4:20PM : Faculty Research Glimpse #2 Speaker :  Kristen Hendricks
  • Title: A brief introduction to knot concordance
  •  Abstract:  This is an expository talk intended to introduce knots and the knot concordance group.  After giving some basic definitions and drawing some pictures, we will talk about some structural results on the concordance group, some classical and some very recent.
  • 4:30 – 4:50PM : Faculty Research Glimpse #3 Speaker :  Hongbin Sun
  • Title: Decomposition of 3-manifolds and LERFness of 3-manifold groups
  • Abstract:  Decomposing a manifold into simpler pieces is a classical way to study manifolds. For a 3-manifold, one can cut it along spheres and tori to get simple pieces that support geometric structures, which is the geometrization conjecture proved by Perelman in 2003. The fundamental group is an important invariant for 3-manifolds, since it almost determines the manifold. A group is said to be "LERF" if any element not lying in a subgroup can be visualized by a finite quotient of the group. I will describe a close relation between geometric structure on 3-manifolds and LERFness of 3-manifold groups.
  • 5:00 – 5:20PM:  Faculty Research Glimpse #4 Speaker : Shadi Tahvildar-Zadeh
  • Title: What is Mathematical Physics?
  • Abstract: I will define what mathematical physics is and give some examples of the type of research done by the math-phys group at Rutgers, including general-relativistic quantum mechanics.
  • 5:30PM - 6:00PM:   Faculty Research Glimpse #5 Speaker:  Simon Thomas
  • Title:  Measuring the Complexity of Mathematical Problems
  • Abstract: Some mathematical problems really are more difficult than others. Furthermore, mathematical problems often transition from the trivial to the impossible with no intermediate stages. How can a working mathematician know when to quit?

Monday, August 24

  • Links will be provided in CANVAS
  • 9:15 - 9:30am - UPDATE - this introduction has been changed to tomorrow->>Introduction by Paul Feehan
  • 9:30am-11:20am - Analysis Lecture (Mirek)
  • 11:30AM – 12:30 :  Analysis Problem Session (Chayes)
  • Noon  – 1:00PM : Lunch Break
  • 1:00 – 3:00PM : New Student Orientation presented by the Graduate School 

Tuesday, August 25

  • Links will be provided in CANVAS
  •  8:45-9:00AM - (UPDATE: moved from 8/24/20) Introduction by Paul Feehan
  • 9:00 – 10:50AM : Problem Session related to the Analysis Written Quals (Chayes)
  • 11:00am-12noon:  Algebra Problem Session (Xu)
  • 12:30 – 2:30PM : Lunch and Break
  • 12:05 AM – 5:00 PM : Algebra Written Qualifying Exam available on Sakai.

Wednesday, August 26

  • 8:30 – 12:00PM : Teaching Assistant Orientation (International students only) run by the School of Graduate Studies on CANVAS - (They will email you with information)
  • 12:00 – 2:30PM : Lunch & Break
  • 12:05 AM – 5:00 PM: Complex Variables and Advanced Calculus Written Qualifying Exam available on Sakai.

Thursday, August 27

  • 8:00 – 1:15PM : Teaching Assistant Orientation (International & US students) run by the School of Graduate Studies on CANVAS - (They will email you with information) (International students need to attend both).
  • 1:15 – 2:30PM : Lunch & Break
  • 12:05 AM – 5:00 PM: Real Variables and Elementary Point-Set Topology Written Qualifying Exam available on Sakai.

Friday, August 28

 10:00 - 11:30AM - Grader Meeting/Orientation for first-year graduate students presented by the Undergraduate Office regarding grading.

1:00 - 1:30pm -  Introduction to Library Resources with Mei Ling Lo via Zoom Link: ( https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/2216803405  Meeting ID: 221 680 3405)

Tuesday, September 1st : Classes Begin!