Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN 46556

**Brief Description**

The proseminar (the senior seminar) and the senior comprehensive
project are intended to give you experience in learning mathematics
independently and in presenting the results of your study to others
(both orally and in writing). Successful completion of the senior
comprehensive project meets the college requirement for the Senior
Comprehensive Examination in Mathematics.

**Proseminar I:**
Fall: For details see Proseminar
I: Fall .

During the first part of the fall semester (Proseminar I), all students will
be working on the same mathematical subject so that mutual support and cooperation
can serve to promote the learning of the mathematics and the development of
presentation skills. Each student will also be required to make formal arrangements
for a topic and an advisor for the senior comprehensive project.

**Proseminar II**:
Spring For details see Proseminar
II: Spring.

During the latter part of the fall and the first part of the spring
semester (Proseminar II), students will be working on the individual
topics chosen for the Senior Comprehensive Project. Each student
will give two talks on the preliminary results of her study (or
more, if the advisor and seminar instructor consider this necessary)
write up these results for the final paper. The process will culminate
in the Senior Comprehensive Examination. {A student with a dopuble
major who is completing the comprehensive requirement in her other
major will do independent study leading to two talks in Proseminar
II, but will not be required to complete the formal paper or the
formal; presentation]

**Senior Comprehensive Project**: For details see Comprehensive
Project.

The college requirement for a Senior Comprehensive Examination
is met by mathematics majors through completion of the Senior
Comprehensive Project, which is an extended independent study
project on a topic new to the student, undertaken under the guidance
of a faculty advisor. The project culminates in a formal written
paper and a formal public oral presentation of the results of
the study followed by questioning by a faculty committee. This
paper and presentation comprise the Senior Comprehensive Examination.

**This guide** contains all of the fixed requirements for the
proseminar and senior comprehensive project. It is intended to
be supplemented each semester by a course syllabus containing
the changeable details, including instructors, meeting times and
places, seminar topic, text, specific dates for the year, etc.For
a current (or most recent) syllabus, click Here
(Fall) or Here
(Spring)

PART I: PROSEMINAR

A: Description

B: Mechanics

C: Grading

A: Description

B: Mechanics

C: Grading

B. Mechanics

1. Paper

2. Talk

C. Grading

D. Scheduling

A. Guidelines for preparing the Senior Comprehensive Paper

B. Criteria for evaluation of the senior comprehensive project

C. Guidelines for advanced writing proficiency in mathematics

D. Student seminar response form

E. References and templates (for typing) for writing mathematics. (on the Mathematics Department Website)

**Last corrected 8/24/2007**

**Mathematics
Department home page**