For Current Students
For more information about what to do before and after arriving on campus, visit the Graduate School's Admitted Students Guide:
First- and Second-Year Students
As a reminder, you need to enroll in 4 courses (or 3 if an RA or TA) per semester. Please discuss your course choices with your advisor. Once you have finalized your course choices, please fill out the course-registration form. Have your advisor sign it and return the form to Candida Hall. We also strongly encourage you to consider working during the summer with faculty on research projects in an area in which you might want to pursue your thesis work. Feel free to contact our faculty members. If you need advice on contacting an appropriate faculty member, please contact Professor Chi-Wang Shu.
The Prelim is an oral examination on topics based on four, two-semester course sequences, taken in Years 1-2 and serves as your formal admission to doctoral candidacy. The Prelim must be completed before the start of Year 3.
The Prelim covers a major area with two topics and a minor area, comprising another two topics. Each topic covers the equivalent of at least two semester long courses. Further requirements for the major and minor topics are discussed below. The major area is usually related to the students’ intended research area; the minor topics are meant to demonstrate breadth of subject matter.
Financial Support for Conference and Research Travel
The Graduate School offers various sources of support for partial funding for attending conferences and for research related travel: please check the Graduate School's page for conference travel support and research support.
Many companies and national labs offer internship opportunities for graduate students.
- SIAM maintains an active list of available internship and job opportunities.
- The NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program provides opportunities for mathematical sciences doctoral students to participate in internships at federal national laboratories and research facilities. These internships are open to all students regardless of citizenship status.
There are opportunities for graduate students who excelled in their TA duties to teach their own courses as sole instructors. Three options are (i) to teach a course in the Summer@Brown program, (ii) to teach a regular course in the Division in fall or spring (this is contingent on the teaching needs of the Division), and (iii) to apply for a BTP fellowship to teach at Tougaloo College. If you are interested, please let Bjorn Sandstede know well in advance: courses for Summer@Brown are finalized in early November, while the teaching schedule for the Division is finalized in January for the following academic year.
ICERM Round Table
The schedule and content of the informal professional development discussions at ICERM. These discussions cover issues ranging from job applications, the hiring process, paper writing, grant proposal writing to ethical conduct and misconduct in research. We strongly recommend that fourth-year graduate students attend some or all of these sessions to start preparing for the life after the PhD. Participation in the two ethics sessions counts as replacement for Brown’s BEARCORE program.
ICERM Semester Programs
Check out ICERM’s semester programs to see whether there are events of interest to you.
If you are interested in setting up a personal website, please contact Stephanie Han. She will also assist you with linking your website to your entry on the Division’s “People” page.