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 are able to present newly acquired mathematical knowledge orally and in a written form.
Important Note: The presence at the seminar sessions is compulsory. After the first introductory meeting of the seminar, the students will be divided into two groups (roughly, pure and applied) according to their preferences. The students are expected to actively participate in the lectures of their group.
An important component of the Master seminar will be to lay out the organisation of the entire MSc programme for each individual student. This will be done either within the mentoring programme or in one or two meetings of the student with the study advisor and the programme director.
Choice of the topic
There will be a list of topics suggested by staff members, providing a short introduction, a guide to the literature, and suggestions of issues to address. Students can also propose their own topic if approved by the instructors. Students could be divided into groups according to the preferences that they expressed on the topic to study.
Preparing the presentations
Each student is responsible for carefully planning and preparing their own 45-minute presentation and handing in a 1-2 page plan of their lecture to the instructors one day before the lecture. The presentation has to be coherent (notation, story). The goal is to provide an attractive and accessible lecture for your peers. Each student will practice their presentation (before giving their presentation in front of the instructors) with a group of students that will provide feedback for improvement.
When preparing the material, in case of questions, the students are welcome to ask for assistance from staff members (including postdocs and PhD students). There will be no coaching on a regular basis.
After the presentations
After the presentations are given, each student will write a self-evaluation of their talk based on the video recording, on the anonymous feedback from the students, and on the feedback from the instructors. This self-evaluation will be carefully read by the instructors. Moreover, the students should prepare a report in summarizing the mathematics presented in their talks. This file will be revised by students of another group, who will be responsible for making sure that the material presented during the talks was
understandable and coherent with what was presented in the report.
|The general prerequisite is a bachelor degree in mathematics. Depending on the chosen topic, some background from elective courses may be useful, but the required knowledge can also be acquired 'on the fly'.
|The seminar will be marked simply as passed/not passed.
This course is mandatory for students in the major Gravity+.