Proseminar/Research Course

Each mathematics major student must satisfactorily complete either the proseminar or the research course in mathematics or statistics in order to graduate. The department's proseminar course is a one-semester hour course designed to engage the student in mathematical and/or statistical research above and beyond course materials. The research course is a two-semester (fall/spring) six semester hours course designed to offer the student a thesis like experience.

How to get started with the Math or Stat Research Course:

  • The Mathematics or Statistics research course is a six-hour two semesters course that begins only in the fall semester.
  • To enroll in either class, you must have completed a minimum of 15 hours with an overall GPA of at least 3.5. (Additional courses may be required. Contact your advisor). 
  • Register for the research by making a selection of either Mathematics Research Course (MAP6912) or Statistics Research Course (STA6912). Send your course selection to for a registration override. 

How to get started with the Proseminar:

  • Review the proseminar guide, Proseminar Guide
  • Choose a topic that interests you and then find an advisor (a faculty member) in the department. It is important that you select an advisor whose has interest in the area you have chosen. Math Faculty profiles. 
  • Register for the proseminar Proseminar Approval Form. You will be required to provide the name of your advisor and his or her approval before you can register

 After selecting an advisor

  • Meet with your advisor who will outline a meeting schedule to help you complete the proseminar in a timely manner.
  • It is absolutely necessary that you meet with your advisor, as you will not be allowed to make a presentation without your advisor's approval even if you feel that you have completed your research.

Sample proseminar topics

Below are lists of completed proseminar topics. They should serve as guide