Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder.
We offer doctor of philosophy (PhD) and master of arts (MA) degrees in mathematics, as well as a master of science (MS) degree.
We have an award-winning graduate faculty of 27, with current areas of research interest in algebra, algebraic geometry, analysis, combinatorics and lie theory, differential equations, differential geometry, logic and foundations, number theory, probability, topology and related areas. The department hosts numerous visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows. There is an active seminar culture, including many seminars run by students. Our course offerings include a regularly scheduled rotation of algebra, analysis, topology, geometry, foundations, number theory, etc., as well as topics courses whose more advanced subject matter varies year-to-year based on the interests of faculty and students. Students and faculty also interact with other departments on campus such as Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, including joint PhD/MA/MS advising. We have mathematical relationships, including shared seminars, with nearby Colorado State University and other front range universities. Our graduate students, of which there are approximately 60, have excellent opportunities for research, including a first-year summer research experience.
Doctoral students take pillar courses and exams in their first year or two (under the direction of a faculty mentor), followed by a comprehensive exam in their area of specialization (under the direction of a faculty research advisor), and defend a PhD thesis upon graduation. These students are typically supported by Teaching Assistantships, which are 9-month 50% (20 hr/wk) appointments, and which pay a stipend and cover tuition, and are generally provided for 5-6 years of study. The stipend for a TAship for the 2018-2019 year is $21,451.45 and annual increases are expected. Additional summer research or teaching support is typically available. Students have funding opportunities to attend conferences and professional development activities. We offer career support for academic and industry jobs.
The Teaching Assistantship experience includes formal teacher training, opportunities for professional development, unusually varied course assignments, and numerous leadership opportunities. Most students experience all positions in Calculus I-III, both leading recitations and teaching, but assignments also include algebra, statistics, modelling, etc. There are also opportunities to take leadership positions, such as Course Assistant and Lead TA, direct undergraduate research, and to teach outside the department with SASC and Continuing Education.
The University of Colorado Boulder as a whole has approximately 28,000 undergraduates and 5,500 graduate students. The University includes a variety of organizations graduate students may be involved with, including the United Government of Graduate Students, the Graduate Teacher Program, Career Services and STEMinar.
Boulder has a population of around 100,000, and is famous for its climate and opportunities for outdoor activity. The transportation infrastructure includes copious bicycle paths and easy transit to Denver and DIA (included with a student bus pass). Students also live in nearby communities (Louisville, Lafayette, Gold Hill...) which are easily accessible by car or transit. University-run graduate student and family housing is two blocks from the mathematics department, including a childcare center. There is a regular schedule of social activities for students and faculty, ranging from departmental gatherings and special events (such as our fall departmental ropes course challenge) to informal outings.
We are seeking students with a passion for mathematics in its many forms, who wish to be a part of a thriving mathematical community, to contribute to expanding the boundaries of mathematical knowledge, and to participate in our undergraduate teaching mission.