**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).