Graduate Studies


The department of Mathematics encourages all graduate students to actively participate in regional, national and international conferences and workshops. The graduate school provides some funding for graduate students to present their work at conferences. This funding is reserved for students whose expenses have been approved by the department, and who are also receiving some partial support by funds from the department or their advisor. The graduate school provides 1:1 matching funds. For conference awards, the graduate school’s match is up to $500 for travel within North America/Caribbean, and $800 for travel beyond North America/Caribbean, and for research awards (such as participating in a workshop), the match is capped at $300 for expenses within North America, $600 if involving travel beyond North America.

Departmental funding for conference attendance, without an accompanying presentation, will not be eligible for graduate school match. Students are limited to a maximum of one conference award and one research award per year (Fall/Spring/Summer). Requests are initiated either by the faculty advisor or by the student, and must be submitted on line to the graduate school. The request must include a budget, confirmation about cost sharing, and, for conferences, a confirmation that the student will be personally presenting her or his own work. Application deadlines are late August for fall proposals, late January for spring proposals, and late April for summer proposals.

Graduate students should also approach their advisers to find out about funding through their advisers’ grant. The Department of Mathematics may be able to provide partial funding support for graduate students to attend a second conference or workshop. A travel request should consist of one page, supporting documents, and a budget.

Other sources of funding include:

  • The conference or conference organizers
  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The graduate student association research and travel fund

Students must fill out a travel form whenever they attend a conference or are going out of town for any reason, even during the summer months. Students working as GTAs must get approval from their supervisors.