Capstone and One-Semester Research Projects for a Variety

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Capstone and One-Semester Research Projects for a Variety of Students Panel presentation Mary Shepherd, Moderator Sr. Barbara Reynolds Steve Morics William Fenton January 8, 2008
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Goals Create a true research experience for math majors of varying ability and within a small time frame (one semester). Recognize and find appropriate problems, match problems to students and mentor these young researchers from initial problem selection to final product (paper and/or presentation).
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Questions What are some resources for good but “small” research questions for either one semester projects or the weaker students? How do we mentor these students successfully in the short time frame of a single semester? How can we move these students from a “research paper” type paper approach to a “research” approach? By that I mean move them from just looking up different resources on a subject and trying to put it together into a paper to actually experiencing a true research experience.
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The absent presenter Bill Fenton Dept. of Mathematics Bellarmine University Louisville, KY 40205 wfenton@bellarmine.edu
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Capstone course Readings in Mathematics Asks the students to write three small papers in the first half of their final semester, Follow these with a larger final project that takes up the second half of the semester.
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Syllabus description “In this paper you are to explore in depth a topic in mathematics. This should not be something from a previous course, though a previous course may suggest a good topic to explore. You are expected to seek out references and to learn about this topic. But the paper is to be more than a synthesis of what you find in your references. You should go beyond that, to contribute something of yourself and show that you have deeply understood the topic. What are some ways you could demonstrate this
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