This page contains additional information about AMP in Mathematics. It will be updated as new information and questions arise.

  • What are the logistics of establishing the necessary mentorship relationship? Answer: The process is similar to obtaining an honors mentor or an adviser for our already established graduate programs. For instance, many students ask faculty who were their course instructors in a subject the candidate would like to study further.
  • How will the MS capstone elements work (Quals, paper, thesis)? Answer: Expanding on an honors thesis could result in an MS thesis. For non-honors students an expository paper is the most likely capstone. Passing the qualifying exams is the least likely due to the tight timeline of AMP.
  • What is a sample program of study for AMP participants in their senior year and first year of graduate year? Answer: There is no sample program for the senior year, but there are some recommended courses. A student's program is designed by the student and their adviser, with final approval by the Head Adviser and the Graduate Chair, who also serves as AMP Coordinator. Sample graduate programs for Master's degree are listed in Graduate Handbook.
  • What courses are recommended in the student's senior year? Answer: A highly recommended choice is at least two from the MS core courses: MTH 511, MTH 512, MTH 543, MTH 611, and the participant must earn a grade of at least B in each course if the credits are to be applied to both the BS and Master's program.
  • Which students is AMP best for? Answer: The AMP program is for high-achieving students who are interested in research, and want to have a graduate degree.
  • Who do the students contact for advising in AMP? Answer: potential AMP participants (close to satisfying the minimum coursework and GPA requirements for AMP) can discuss their questions with Graduate Committee Chair who serves as AMP Coordinator, and Head Adviser, or their representatives.
  • Is the program suitable for students who
    • think they want to pursue a PhD here? Answer: YES
    • think they want to pursue a PhD elsewhere? Answer: YES, but there may be graduate programs reluctant to accept students with prior MS. If this is the case, AMP participant can withdraw from AMP while in senior year.
    • think they want to pursue an MS only here? Answer: YES
    • think they want to pursue an MS only elsewhere? Answer: YES, because they would be getting valuable high level training. But NO, if they worry about their GPA being lower due to the classes being higher level.
    • aren’t sure? Answer: NO, because there is a high bar and a lot of expectations involved, including expectations on research. YES, if this does not deter them.
  • Can AMP participants serve as GTA/GRAs? How do I apply? Answer: Once AMP participants obtained their BS degree, they can be considered for Graduate Assistantships (GTAs/GRAs). The applications are due at the same time as the graduate applications to the program, with a deadline of January 15 of senior year. AMP participants compete for the same pool of assistantships as other graduate applicants.