Who is eligible to apply to be a mentee?
- Applicants must be Vanderbilt undergraduates.
- Applicants must be able to commit to at least five hours a week of working on their project and meeting with their mentor.
- Applicants do not need to be math majors, but should be interested in learning more about mathematics.
- Applicants should have taken, or are in the process of taking, at least two mathematics courses numbered 2000 and above.
- Applicants are strongly recommended to have some familiarity with reading and writing mathematical proofs.
- Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
What are the expectations?
Mentees have the following responsibilities:
- Meet with their mentor once per week for at least 1 hour.
- Devote at least four hours outside of their meeting to their project each week.
- Give a 10 minute presentation summarizing their work at the end of the semester.
Mentors have the following responsibilities:
- Meet with their mentee once per week for at least 1 hour.
- Help guide mentees in determining their topic.
- Work with mentee on their presentation at the end of the semester, having the mentee give at least one practice presentation before-hand.
Do I need to have a project in mind to apply?
- Applicants do not need to have a project in mind, but might have an idea of the area of mathematics they would like to work in.
- Mentors will work with the mentee to find a topic.
- Applicants are encouraged look at some project ideas or past projects.
Do I get credit for participating?
- There is no course credit for participating in the DRP.
What do I get out of participating?
- Learn about subjects not covered by the department coursework.
- Gain an in-depth knowledge about a particular topic.
- Experience what doing ‘real’ mathematics is like outside of formal courses.
- Develop the skill of working independently on a topic.
- Improve your ability to communicate, especially technically.
- Have access to a graduate mentor.
Who decides who is admitted into the DRP?
- A committee formed by the faculty advisor and several graduate student representatives is responsible for administrative decisions, including admission and pairing of mentors and mentees.