
Learning goals
After completion of the course, the student is able to:
 Work efficiently with a team of 46 people on on a topic of interest in contemporary research in mathematics.
 Understand in depth at least two contemporary research topics in mathematics.
 Explain those topics understandably and engagingly to fellow students and mathematicians in written form.
 The same in oral form.


Contents
The aim of this course is to orient a student in contemporary mathematical research by doing to projects in specialized research areas of their choice; possible specializations include algebraic geometry, number theory, differential geometry, algebraic topology, logic, scientific computing, applied analysis, probability, statistics and complex systems.
Format
The course starts with a presentation on how to write and present research and how to work efficiently in groups.
The students choose their favorite topics from a list of possible projects proposed by staff members of the institute that function as project supervisors. The course coordinators make the final assignment of projects to students, taking into account that each project should have a group of 46 students working on it. A first project is assigned to be finished and graded by the middle of the semester, and a second project by the end of the semester. The student groups work on their project in consultation with the project supervisor, towards giving a presentation for their fellow students and handing in a written report. Presentation are held a bit before the (strict) handin deadline of the written reports.
The keep the number of required attendings reasonable, depending on the number of students, students are divided into two independent subgroups at the start of the process, or treated as one group.
Prerequisites
Admission to the master Mathematical Sciences.
Language
English.
Examination
For each of the projects, the students give a (collective) presentation of 30 minutes (including questions) and write a report. Attendance at presentations is mandatory and will be checked by signin lists. Not every student needs to be involved in the presentation of each project, but every student needs to have presented at least one of the projects (s)he was involved in.
After the project supervisors have been consulted (at least on the process and the written thesis), the presentation (30%), process (20%) and written thesis (50%) is graded by the course coordinators. The students will receive detailed written feedback on all aspects of the project. The final grade is the average of the two project grades.
Although individual feedback can be given in the reports, both the presentation as well as the written thesis grade is collective, i.e., the same for all group members: the output is the responsibility of the entire group. Possible problems in a group need to be addressed with the course coordinators as soon as possible, and discussions a posteriori make little sense. Grades on process (involvement, etc.) can be given individually in consultation with the supervisor, and the group if necessary.
“toetsmatrijs''

written report
(process and product) 70% 
presentation 30% 
work efficiently with a team of 46 people on on a topic of interest in contemporary research in mathematics 
x 
x 
understand in depth at least two contemporary research topics in mathematics 
x 
x 
explain those topics understandably and engagingly to fellow students and mathematicians in written form 
x 

the same in oral form 

x 




 Ingangseisen   Verplicht materiaalWerkvormenToetsenEindresultaatWeging   100 
Minimum cijfer    


 