Annual Progress Reporting

Our department has the following requirements for mathematics graduate students:

  • Write a summary of your academic activities that includes the information listed below.
  • Submit the report to your mentor or advisor for feedback and revisions to be made.
  • The final version should be given or emailed to to the DGSA Jenny Hirtz by the April 15 deadline. Your faculty supervisor should approve it either by signing the paper copy or sending an email to the DGSA.

Annual Report Content

First Year Students – your annual report needs to list:

  • Courses taken in year one (both fall and spring semesters)
  • Likely courses to be taken in year two
  • Status of your qualifying exam

Second Year Students – your annual report needs to list:

  • Courses taken in year two (both fall and spring semesters)
  • Any remaining courses to be taken in year three
  • Research directions and planned research advisor
  • Projected date for the preliminary exam

Third Year Students – your annual report needs to list:

  • Any remaining courses to be taken
  • Chair and committee members for the preliminary exam, and expected date
  • Proposed thesis topic

Fourth and Higher Year Students – your annual report needs to list:

  • Thesis advisor and thesis defense committee members
  • Outline of progress on thesis research
  • Target date for final defense

All Students should include information about any activities related to research in their annual report such as:

  • Summer plans (or next year's job if you are graduating)
  • Summer programs to be attended
  • Conferences attended (during the academic year or planned for the summer)
  • Talks or posters presented outside of Duke
  • Papers submitted for publication

Please give the location and dates for conferences and summer programs. You should feel free to adapt the subdivisions to meet your need but reports that do not follow these guidelines will not be accepted.

While it may be aesthetically pleasing to write your report in one continuous narrative, it is easier to extract the information if it is divided into sections as follows. If there is nothing to report in a section, omit it.

  • Courses (taken and planned)
  • Exams (completed and planned)
  • Research Summary
  • Summer Plans (including programs and conferences to be attended)
  • Conferences (you have attended, talks or posters presented)
  • Papers (submitted for publication)