Senior Colloquium at Kent State University at Stark
The Senior Colloquium has been a practice in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Kent State University since the year 2004. In the Spring semester of the calendar year of their graduation, all graduating math seniors are expected to write a paper on a math topic of their choice and present it at a joint event which takes place close to the end of the Spring semester. The topic should be chosen from one of the senior-level mathematics classes and, at the Kent State University at Stark, it should be approved by the Mathematics Coordinator. Students may also consult another mathematics professor regarding the topic, in which case the Coordinator’s approval of the topic is not needed. Each presentation should last for about 20 minutes and it is followed by a discussion of up to 10 minutes. The paper presented should be turned in to the Mathematics Coordinator around the time of the Colloquium and before the Spring semester is over.
Through this activity, we want to assess the quality of the Department programs. This is also a festive occasion, as we celebrate our seniors’ graduation. There are plenty of reasons why students should participate. We have heard many positive comments from past participants. The Colloquium gives you a good opportunity to write a mathematics paper and to practice speaking on a mathematics topic in public. You should participate and present a quality work if you care about getting nice reference letters from the Department. You also express your collegiality with the fellow students taking part in the Colloquium.
For more details about the Senior Colloquium, please see http://www.math.kent.edu/~davidson/seniors/OutcomesAssessment.html
(ignore the graduation portfolio which we do not enforce).