In order to Advance to Candidacy, students must provide their Comprehensive Examination or Thesis Committee with a writing sample that demonstrates their proficiency at writing a mathematical article. The writing sample should be 8 to 10 pages in length and presented in the format required for a thesis. The content of the writing sample should be self-contained, explain a mathematical topic, and have a bibliography. The content is up to the Thesis or Comprehensive Examination Advisor and the student.
A student pursuing the thesis option might submit a chapter from his/her thesis such as the mathematical background or introductory chapter. A research proposal giving an overview of thesis content is also acceptable. A student pursuing the comprehensive exam option might write an article that builds on some aspect of his/her coursework that the student found particularly interesting. The writing sample should address the criteria in the campus-wide rubric. The committee will score the writing sample according to the campus-wide rubric.
Visit the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement website and focus on the Rubric.
NOTE: Providing a writing sample is the only the method approved by Department of Mathematics for satisfying the Mathematics GWAR.