With departmental advisors, students should formulate a long-term plan to satisfy course and exam requirements. Students should consult with their advisor each semester to select courses for the upcoming semester.
Advisors can help students adapt to and succeed in the graduate program. For PhD students, it is especially important to pay attention from the beginning of your graduate career to possible areas in which to write your dissertation. Students should discuss interests and ideas with their advisors; if feasible, students may pursue some initial research projects.
As much as possible, the assignment of students to initial advisors is based on common mathematical interests. As changes in interests or other circumstances warrant, students may, with the consent of the new advisor, change initial advisors.
Before classes start, each new graduate student is also paired with an advanced student who serves as a peer advisor. Peer advisors can help answer questions about the program and offer available resources. Peer advisors can also advise new students as they adjust to the pace and demands of graduate work and (if applicable) teaching assistant duties.
Seminars and Colloquia
The department’s weekly research seminars are a great way for students to explore current research in their areas of interest and even get ideas for their own future projects. Seminars and colloquia are also an opportunity to network with researchers from other institutions; students are always invited to join faculty for lunch with speakers.
Course Rotation Plan
View the Course Rotation Plan (PDF) to see course offerings in Mathematics for the next several years. The internal planning document is used to help with the department’s long-term scheduling, but students may view it as they plan their courses of study.
- Teaching Assistantships
- Student Accounts Office
- Office of Student Financial Assistance
- Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships
- Cosmos Club Foundation Grant Program
Rodica Simion Memorial Fund
The endowed fund in memory of Rodica Simion (1955–2000) was established in 2000 to support graduate student research in mathematics. The memorial fund allows the Department of Mathematics to take on special projects that are in harmony with Simion’s exemplary work with graduate students. This fund is a permanent means of supporting activities to enhance the mathematical research environment for graduate students at GW.
Simion freely shared her infectious enthusiasm for mathematics, her broad and deep knowledge of the subject, her probing questions and her insight. She was a wonderful role model; she excelled in everything, with outstanding research, inspiring teaching and generous service to all.
The Rodica Simion Memorial Fund has helped many graduate students participate in conferences over the years. The growing fund also supports visiting lecturers who interact with GW graduate students, and provides fellowships for our most promising graduate students to conduct research outside of typical teaching assistantship duties.
Graduate Student Prizes
Graduate Student Teaching Award
The Mathematics Department recognizes one outstanding graduate student each year for their contributions as a teaching assistant.
James H. Taylor Graduate Mathematics Prize
Awarded to an outstanding mathematics graduate student. The fund for the prize was established in memory of J.H. Taylor, who was a mathematics professor and then professor emeritus from 1929 until his death in 1972.
Marvin Green Prize
The Marvin Green Prize is awarded to an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student who has made significant use of computing in his or her work.
2021: Hyunjung Choi and Kevin Long
2020: Jiayuan Wang
2019: Rhea Palak Bakshi
2018: Anudeep Kumar and Iva Bilanovic
2017: Chong Wang and Trang Ha
2016: Lara El-Sherif and Hakim Walker
2015: David Shoup
2021: Dionne Kunkel
2020: Rhea Palak Bakshi, Pavel Avdeev
2019: Iva Bilanovic
2018: Sujoy Mukherjee and Kai Yang
2017: Xiao Wang
2016: Chong Wang
2015: Seung Yeop Yang
2014: Leah Marshall
2013: Carl Hammarsten, Jing Wang
2012: Kai Maeda, Tyler White
2010: Forrest Fisher, Michael Coleman
2009: Radmila Sazdanovic
2008: Jennifer Chubb, Hillary Einziger
2007: Kerry Luse, Maciej Niebrzydowski
2006: Malgorzata Dabkowska
2005: Eric Ufferman
2004: Laure Helme-Guizon
2003: Amir Togha
2002: Mietek Dabkowski
2001: Rumen Dimitrov
2000: Maxim Sokolov
1999: Hongxun Qin
1998: William Collier
1997: Jun Zhang
1996: Adam Sikora
1995: William Miller
1994: Qing Shen
1992: Sita Ramamurti
1991: Gary Schwartz
1990: Uma Shivapuram
1988: Claire Hackett
1987: Hassan Sedaghat
1986: Karma Dajani
1983: Karma Dajani
1978: John Petro
1977: Thomas J. Carter
Academic and Professional Resources
- CCAS Graduate Student Handbooks
- Student Research Commons
- International Services Office
- Graduate Career Services
- GW Libraries and Mathematics-Specific Resources
- Gateway to Federal Opportunities for Graduate Students
- Applying for Graduation
All forms should be completed by the student, in consultation with the student's advisor, and submitted to the Mathematics Department Graduate Committee, which will, if necessary, forward it to the appropriate administrative office (CCAS, Registrar, etc.). If you would like to request an accessible version of any of the documents listed, please let us know.
For All Graduate Students
Graduate Student Petition (PDF)
Used for all requests that affect the student's academic program
For PhD Students
- Supplemental Course Summary Sheet (PDF)
- Specialty Exam and Dissertation Defense
These forms are prepared by the Mathematics Department administrative assistant. Students should contact the administrative assistant well in advance to provide the necessary details.
Available on the CCAS Graduate Student Forms Page
- Transfer Credit Form
Used to request credit for previously completed courses to be transferred into the program
- Course Registration
There are two Registration Transaction Forms, the first (RTF) for situations that require CCAS approval, and the second (RTF-EZ) for situations that do not. The RTF-EZ Form should be used for registration that requires only department/instructor approval (e.g., registering into a closed course, waiving a prerequisite, etc.).
- Petition to Take an Undergraduate Course (for Graduate Credit)
- Petition to Take a Course Outside the Mathematics Department
- Petition to Take a Consortium Course
- Application for Graduation
Must be submitted in advance of the application deadline for that semester