- The students are able to acquire knowledge of a new topic by autonomously studying suitable literature.
- The students are able to present their topic in a way comprehensible for their fellow students who have not studied the topic themselves.
- The students pick up new mathematical concepts from presentations of their fellow students.
- The students gain experience in working in teams.
In this seminar students work on a topic in teams of 4 persons. The topics can be chosen from a list of proposals by the staff. Each proposal provides a short introduction, a guide to the literature and suggestions of issues to address. The goals of the seminar are manifold: each team acquires deep knowledge of their own subject, by working in a team the members benefit from each other's strengths. The entire group of students gets acquainted with a wide range of new mathematical ideas, by following the presentations of fellow students. It lies in the hands of the participants to make this a rewarding experience, by providing an attractive and accessible series of lectures.
Each group will present its topic during two seminar sessions of 90 minutes each, so every member will give one presentation of 45 minutes. The general setup is that the teams work largely autonomously on their topics. They themselves should decide how deep they dig into the subject and which specific questions they address. If they get stuck at some point, they are welcome to ask assistence from staff members (included postdocs and PhDs). However, there will be no coaching on a regular basis.
It is the responsibility of the team that the presentations are comprehensible for their fellow students. This requires on the one hand that the team has to gain a substantial understanding of its topic, and on the other hand that sensible choices have to be made for the presentations (e.g. on the level of the technical details to discuss).
At the end of each seminar session, the other teams will be asked to briefly evaluate the given presentation. These evaluations and the impressions of the instructors will be used to provide feedback to the presenting team.
Note: The presence at the seminar sessions is compulsory for all students taking part in the seminar.