The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students
with graduate student mentors to pursue an independent reading
project throughout the semester. Typically, an undergraduate
student would follow a textbook or a paper, and the graduate
student would play the role of a mentor. It is up to each pair
to decide how frequently to meet and discuss the content. At the
end of the semester, the student is encouraged to give a
presentation (or write a report) about the project to solidify
and pass on their understanding.
type of program started at the University of Chicago over a
decade ago, and has had immense success. It has since spread to
many other math departments. The DRP at Brown began in Spring
It will help further interactions between undergraduate and
graduate students, hence strengthening our math community.
It will provide a fun and stress-free way for both mentee and
mentor to learn or renew insights about their topics.
It will give another mode for interested undergraduate students
with any level of background to get more involved in math. It
can be intimidating for undergraduates to approach professors,
and of course faculty are always busy. There is a senior thesis
at Brown, but as the name suggests, only seniors can sign up
(and not all do). Having a DRP will help increase inclusivity
and give another gateway for students to pursue advanced topics
It will give graduate students the opportunity to act as mentors
and make us feel more like a mathematician.
It is something you can put on your CV (but hopefully you care
about some of the other things above).