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    University of Kentucky

    Department of Mathematics

    Director of Graduate Studies

    Department of Mathematics

    University of Kentucky

    Lexington, KY 40506-0027

    (859) 257-6808 [Graduate Secretary]

    (800) 357-1113 [toll-free]

    (859) 257-4078 [FAX]


    August 2010

  • Graduate Handbook, Aug 06


    Table of Contents

    Mathematics at Kentucky 1

    The Faculty and Their Research 2

    o Algebra

    o Analysis

    o Discrete Mathematics

    o Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computation

    o Topology and Geometry

    Master's Degree Programs 5

    o Master of Arts and Master of Science in Mathematics

    Doctoral Program 7

    o Preliminary and Qualifying Examinations

    o Algebra

    o Analysis

    Advanced Calculus

    Real Analysis

    Complex Analysis

    o Discrete Mathematics

    o Numerical Analysis

    o Partial Differential Equations

    o Topology

    Important Rules and Policies 20

    o The SACS 18 Hour Rule

    o Changing Courses

    o Outside Employment

    o Integrity

    o Deadlines

    Getting Help 22

    o Academic Help

    o Personal Problems

    o Financial Problems

    Financial Support 23

    o Renewal of Assistantships

    o Probation

    o Summer Support

    Preparing for a Professional Career 26

    The Academic Job Market 28

    Effective Studying 29

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    o Joy Williams, Study Tips for the Mathematics Graduate Student

    o Frank Branner, Doing Graduate Mathematics

    Graduate Courses in Mathematics 35

    Courses in Other Departments 41

    Departmental Expectations for Graduate Students 43

    Appendix Part-time Rule 44

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    Mathematics at Kentucky

    The Department of Mathematics offers programs leading to the degrees of

    Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. The full-time faculty

    has won substantial national and international recognition. In recent years,

    faculty have been invited to international institutes such as Oberwolfach, the

    Max-Planck Institut, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and the

    Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. Many faculty have won research

    grants (including an NSF Career award) from the National Science Foundation

    and other agencies. Two faculty members have held Centennial Fellowships

    from the AMS in recent years.

    The department maintains a colloquium series as well as many weekly

    research seminars. The colloquium series brings distinguished visitors to the

    campus. In 2000 we initiated the Hayden Howard lecture series which brings a

    distinguished mathematician to campus for a lecture. In the fall of 2001, the van

    Winter Lecture series in mathematical physics was inaugurated with a lecture by

    Elliot Lieb of Princeton University.

    Offices for faculty, graduate students and staff are located in the 7th, 8th,

    and 9th floors of the Patterson Office Building. The Science Library, in the King

    Building, contains a comprehensive collection of books and journals in

    mathematics, statistics and related areas. The department provides computer

    facilities for faculty and students through a Linux cluster, an instructional

    laboratory, and a research laboratory. In addition, numerous desktop computers

    are available to graduate students in mathematics through the Mathematical

    Sciences Computing Facility. The University has a campus-wide license for

    Maple, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office, which provide copies for home

    machines of all University faculty, staff, teaching and research assistants, and

    fellowship recipients. The University is a member of the Institute for

    Mathematics and its Applications in Minnesota. Math students attend

    workshops, summer schools and conferences sponsored by the Institute both in

    Minneapolis and at other member institutions. Finally, our department is a

    member of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), the renowned

    international research institute in Berkeley, California, offering fully funded

    summer programs for advanced graduate students.

    Financial support for graduate students is available in the form of

    Teaching Assistantships, Fellowships, and Research Assistantships; these are

    awarded on a competitive basis.

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    The Faculty and Their Research


    James Beidleman, Professor, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State, 1964, Group


    Alberto Corso, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1995,

    Commutative Algebra.

    Paul M. Eakin, Jr., Professor, Ph.D., Louisiana State, 1968, Commutative

    Algebra, Mathematics Outreach.

    Edgar Enochs, Professor, Ph.D., Notre Dame, 1958, Module Theory,

    Homological Algebra.

    Heide Gluesing-Luerssen, Associate Professor, Ph.D.., University of

    Bremen, 1991, Coding Theory.

    Kenneth Kubota, Professor, Ph.D., Facult des Sciences de Paris, 1969,

    Computer Operating systems and Number Theory.

    David Leep, Professor, Ph.D., Michigan, 1980, Algebra and Number


    Uwe Nagel, Professor, Ph.D., University of Paderborn, 1990, Algebraic


    Avinash Sathaye, Professor, Ph.D., Purdue, 1973, Algebraic Geometry.

    Analysis and Partial Differential Equations

    David Adams, Professor, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1969, Potential


    Adib Bagh, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of California at Davis,

    1994, Game Theory, Mathematical Economics.

    James Brennan, Professor, Ph.D., Brown University, 1969, Complex


    Russell Brown, Professor, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1987, Harmonic

    Analysis and Partial Differential Equations.

    Richard Carey, Professor, Ph.D., SUNY/Stony Brook, 1970, Functional


    Ronald Gariepy, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1969,

    Partial Differential Equations.

    Lawrence A. Harris, Professor, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1969, Infinite

    Dimensional Holomorphy.

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    Peter Hislop, Professor, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1984,

    Mathematical Physics and Riemannian Geometry.

    Henry Howard, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., Carnegie Institute of

    Technology, 1958, Ordinary Differential Equations

    Michel Jabbour, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 1999, California Institute of

    Technology, Mathematics of Materials.

    John Lewis, Professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1970, Complex

    Analysis, Harmonic Analysis and Partial Differential Equations.

    Chi-Sing Man, Professor, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1980,

    Continuum Mechanics, Mathematics of Materials.

    Robert Molzon, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University,

    1977, Several Complex Variables, Mathematical Economics.

    Peter Perry, Professor, Ph.D., Princeton University, 1981, Mathematical

    Physics and Riemannian Geometry.

    Wimberly Royster, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Kentucky,

    1952, Complex Analysis.

    Zhongwei Shen, Professor and Chair, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1989,

    Partial Differential Equations and Harmonic Analysis.

    Ted Suffridge, Professor, Ph.D., Kansas, 1965, Complex Analysis.

    Changyou Wang, Professor, Ph.D., Rice University, 1996, Non-linear

    Partial Differential Equations.

    Discrete mathematics

    Richard Ehrenborg, Professor, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of

    Technology, 1993, Algebraic Combinatorics.

    Carl Lee, Professor, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1981, Polytopes,

    Combinatorics and Mathematics Outreach.

    Margaret Readdy, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Michigan State University,

    1993, Algebraic Combinatorics.

    Benjamin Braun, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Washington University, 2007,

    Topological and Algebraic Combinatorics.

    Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computation

    Alan Demlow, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002,

    Numerical PDE.

    Thomas L. Hayden, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., Texas, 1961, Matrix

    Minimization Problems.

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    Jeffrey S. Ovall, Assitant Professor, Ph.D., University of California at San

    Diego, 2004, Numerical PDE.

    James H. Wells, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., Texas, 1958, Functional


    Qiang Ye, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Ph.D., University of

    Calgary, 1989, Numerical Linear Algebra.

    Topology and Geometry

    Thomas A. Chapman, Professor, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1970,

    Geometric Topology.

    Carl Eberhart, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1966,

    Point Set Topology.

    Brauch Fugate, Professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1964, General


    David Johnson, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1970,

    Homotopy Theory.

    John Mack, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D., Purdue, 1959, General Topology.

    Serge Ochanine, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Universit Paris XI (Orsay),

    1978, Homotopy Theory, Elliptic Cohomology.

    David C. Royster, Ass