The mathematical vitality of the Department may be measured, in part, by the number of educational activities that take place outside the traditional classroom. Most research areas organize one or more seminars that meet once or twice each week. The Colloquium meets each week for a talk aimed at a general mathematical audience, usually by a visitor from another university. Often, additional special lectures are scheduled as a forum for other short-term visitors. All of these are announced in a weekly bulletin posted on the department website.
Attending a dissertation defense not only can be helpful to prepare for your own defense, but can be educational as well. Rackham maintains a schedule of defense dates for all of the graduate students.
Sweetland offers face-to-face writing help for graduate students in Writing Workshop. This service allows you to meet one-to-one with an experienced faculty consultant at any stage of writing, from getting started to final revisions. You can get help with understanding assignments, generating ideas, developing arguments, organizing and structuring, using evidence and sources, and clarifying your expression. To get a sense of what to expect, please read our policies before attending your first Writing Workshop session.
Programs through the IMA (Institute for Mathematics and its Applications), based in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota. Michigan is a "particpating institution" in the IMA which means that most activities are highly subsidized for our graduate students. Here is a complete list of the summer programs at IMA.
The Clay Mathematics Institute also offers regular summer programs in various locations
Professional Development and Careers
The Erdős Institute
The Erdős Institute is a multi-university collaboration focused on helping PhDs get jobs they love at every stage of their career. Founded in 2017, the Institute helps train and place a diverse pool of graduate students, postdocs, and graduate alumni. The University of Michigan Department of Mathematics is a member; graduate students, postdocs, and graduate alumni have free access to all of the programming and resources that the Institute provides. Examples include the "Invitation to Industry" seminar series, Data Science Bootcamps, Alumni-Led Mini-Courses, Interview Prep Workshops, and Career Coaching . Please visit https://www.erdosinstitute.org/ to enroll.