Directed Reading Program
The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate students for quarter-long independent study projects in mathematics. Projects culminate in a brief presentation given by the undergraduates in a DRP colloquium.
Program Goals and expectations:
- Gain experience with learning material independently at their own pace
- Receive focused, individualized, one-on-one attention and guidance from a graduate student
- Gain exposure to advanced mathematics, with greater depth and breadth than may be possible in a classroom setting, and possibly beyond the scope of the standard UCLA undergraduate curriculum
- Interact with graduate students and meet other motivated undergraduates
- Practice effectively communicating mathematics
Undergraduate participants are expected to:
- Commit around 4 hours weekly to reading for their DRP.
- Meet for at least one hour per week with their graduate mentor.
- Prepare and deliver a brief presentation on their project to their peers at the conclusion of the quarter’s program.
- Attend a one hour presentation workshop near the end of the quarter.
Graduate mentors are expected to:
- Attend a brief orientation near the beginning of the quarter.
- Consult with their mentee to determine an appropriate reading project and the project structure.
- Meet for at least one hour per week with their mentee, and prepare as necessary for said meeting.
- Aid the mentee with the preparation of the end-of-quarter presentation.
Upcoming program information:
Fall 2020 calendar:
- October 9: Applications due 4pm (mentors and undergraduates)
October 12: Pairings announced
Note: Due to some issues with processing the applications, the pairing process and announcements will be delayed by a few days.
- October 14: Pairings have been announced.
- October 14 - 16: First week of meetings (if choosing early meeting)
- October 19 - 23: First week of meetings (otherwise)
- December 7 - 11: Last week of meetings
- TBA (probably Winter quarter week 1): Fall 2020 DRP Colloquium
Applications for Fall 2020 are now closed.
How to Apply:
Applications for Fall 2020 are now closed. Please check back near the end of Fall 2020 for the Winter 2020 application.
Graduate students interested in being mentors can contact the DRP committee directly.
Who is eligible:
We accept students with a wide range of educational backgrounds. However, applicants are strongly recommended to have some familiarity with reading and writing mathematical proofs, as might be covered in Math 115 (Linear Algebra), 131 (Analysis), 61 (Discrete Math), or a similar course. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
If you have a question, please check the FAQ first. Otherwise, please direct questions to the DRP organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Directed Reading Programs at other institutions, please visit the DRP network webpage.