Spectrum of Activities
The Doctoral Program
- offers courses in all areas of mathematics at graduate and
- organizes workshops and block-courses in which experts present
advanced topics and work with the doctoral students,
- organizes workshops and seminars where the doctoral students
present in an accessible way the context and the progress of their own research
in a talk or by a poster,
- encourages doctoral students to participate actively in
- proposes complementary training in scientific English, computer
science, scientific writing and presentation technique,
- prepares and stimulates the transition of the doctoral students
to the professional life in industry, administration or in academia,
- sets up a network of information relevant to doctoral students
for succeeding in their thesis and in their career planning.
Activities of the Doctoral Program include the following events
primarily targeted at the graduate student audience:
- Graduate courses: in general, these are special courses
at the graduate level given over the period of one semester,
or more concentrated courses having around 20 teaching hours.
Graduate courses have a flexible format: they can be given by
one or several teachers, and they can be offered once a week or
they can be organized in intensive modules dispatched over
- Summer/Winter Programs: these are one-week events which
bring together graduate students and leading experts in their
respective fields. Typically, the invited speakers present several
mini-courses, and there is a possibility for informal discussions with
- Graduate Colloquium: this is an opportunity for
graduate students to present their own work in front of
a friendly audience. Such events can be organized in particular
topics, as well as at the interdisciplinary level (between
different fields of mathematics).
- Other Events can be organized at the request of
the members of the Doctoral Program, if the committee finds
Every year, the Doctoral Program organizes a list of events where
doctoral students are encouraged to participate and to earn
credits. Each event is assigned a certain number of credits
depending on its length and content.
Below we list more particular targets of the Doctoral Program
which are not currently covered by the 3e Cycle Romand:
- To offer a choice of advanced graduate courses in various fields
of mathematics (similar to American graduate schools). These courses
will be addressed to graduate students in the beginning of their
studies. The main purpose is to provide an up to date background in
the major fields of mathematics to the graduate students participating
in the Doctoral Program.
- To organize two-day meetings within the Graduate
Colloquium. These meetings will give an opportunity to doctoral
students to present their research area to other doctoral students and
their results to experts in the respective fields.
- To organize Summer/Winter Schools in case the offer of such
schools is not sufficient. The topic can vary and it will be chosen
according to the research topics of graduate students participating in
the Doctoral Program.
On a smaller scale, the Doctoral Program addresses the issues
of marketing of scientific research and of the professional
integration of doctoral students. In particular, the following
issues should be touched upon in the format of lectures
- How to write articles in mathematics (what is an
introduction, how to compose the bibliography etc.)?
- How to make a presentation (in particular, in English)?
- How to use a computer in mathematical research?
- How to write a CV, and how to prepare a job interview?