## Directed reading program in mathematics |

## Program description
This program pairs undergraduate participants with graduate student mentors to read a selected math book/paper.
## Goals of the program- To provide a fun and stress-free environment for undergraduates to learn math in the style of a reading course with a professor.
- To give undergraduates the ability to explore topics they might not see in the standard curriculum.
- To expose undergraduates to mathematics outside of a classroom setting.
- To give a less intimidating avenue for students to learn topics that might have seemed out of reach.
- To give undergraduates experience in learning independently and presenting mathematics.
## Who should apply- The program is aimed at UCSD undergraduate mathematics majors, but could also be suitable for undergraduates with mathematical interests who would like to further explore the field. Applicants must have completed, or be in the process of taking, one of 100 series, 140 series, 200 series, 220 series, or 240 series.
## Why should I take part?- You've always wanted to learn about a certain math topic but have never had the time to do so.
- You like math and have considered a mathematics major, but want to learn more about what math "is".
- Directed self study is far more effective than traditional classroom learning: you really have to understand something to be able to explain it to someone else.
- You get a
**$50**bookstore gift card to be redeemed toward a math book.
## Expectations- Undergraduates are expected to work for approximately 4 hours a week during the academic year (3 hours of independent reading and 1 hour in a meeting with their mentor) or 10 hours a week during the shorter but more intense summer session. Either way, the total should be about 40 hours.
- Undergraduate participants should meet with their mentor roughly once a week during the academic year or 2-3 times a week during the summer to discuss their progress.
- At the end of the program, the students are expected to give a "flash talk" to other students and mentors. This could be a short exposition of an interesting result, or a broad overview of the subject of their project.
## Application The current edition of the program will run
in person in August 2024. If you are on campus, please fill out the application form by Sunday, July 28th, 2024.
## Contact If you have any questions, email one of the organizing team:
Chemistry&Biochemistry|Mathematics|Physics |

© 13 January 2024 Alina Bucur |