University of Alberta
MATH 499 Research Project

Winter 2010

Dr. Gerda de Vries
CAB 519
(780) 492-4561
Office Hours:
By appointment
Course Web Page:
Seminar Time/Location:
Thursdays, 14:00-15:20, CAB 269

Course Description from the University of Alberta Calendar:
This course provides students in Specialization and Honors programs an opportunity to pursue research in mathematics under the direction of a member of the Department. Course requirements include at least one oral presentation and a written final report. Students interested in taking this course should contact the course coordinator two months in advance. Credit for this course may be obtained more than once. Prerequisites: a 300-level MATH course and consent of the course coordinator.

Course Structure:
Students are expected to spend, on average, 6 hours per week on their research project, in consultation with their project
supervisor.  During the weekly seminar, students will learn about and practice good communication skills in mathematics. 

Course Objectives:
Grade Evaluation:
Final Project Report
Public Oral Presentation
Assignments and In-Class Work

Final grades will be decided based on University of Alberta Policy.  Final grade allotment will be based on a combination of the relative and absolute academic performance of each student.

Due Dates for Major Course Components:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Final Project Report
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Public Oral Presentation

Seminar Schedule: See course web page for detailed and up-to-date information.

Learning Resources: See course web page for a detailed list of resources to help with various aspects of the course.

Students with Disabilities:
Students who require accommodation in this course due to a disability are advised to discuss their needs with Specialized Support & Disability Services (2-800 Students’ Union Building).

Academic Support Centre:
Students who require additional help in developing strategies for better time management, study skills or examination skills should contact the Academic Support Centre (2-703 Students’ Union Building).


Students are expected to attend all scheduled seminars and participate actively in discussions and activities.

Missed Term Work:
A student who cannot complete a term assignment due to incapacitating illness, severe domestic affliction or other compelling reasons can apply for extension of time to  complete the assignment.  Applications for a deferral must be made to the course instructor within 48 hours of the missed assignment due date and must be supported by appropriate documentation (e.g., medical form or a statutory declaration).  Deferral of term work is a priviledge and not a right; there is no guarantee that a deferral will be granted.  Misrepresentation of Facts to gain a deferral is a serious break of the Code of Student Behaviour.

Academic Integrity and Honesty:
The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty.  Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect.  Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence.  Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

Cell Phones and Laptops:
Cell phones and laptops are to be turned off during seminars.

Recording is permitted only with the prior written consent of the professor or if recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.


Dr. Gerda de Vries, Department of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta.

Any typographical errors in this Course Outline are subject to change and will be announced in class and on the course web page.

Policy about course outlines can be found in section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.