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Grad student chapter of the AMS

Our graduate students have their own Chapter of the American Mathematical Society!

Check out their web site for more info.

According to the AMS,

The AMS Graduate Student Chapter Program is a member benefit of Institutional Membership. The Chapter Program makes meaningful contributions to the professional development of graduate students in the mathematical sciences and encourages graduate students to engage with the Society.

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Textbooks

Enjoy this selection of graduate and upper-division undergraduate textbooks used in our classes for Fall 2021!
For up-to-date info please check https://hawaii-manoa.verbacompare.com/
MATH 302 (79716 – POST, SARAH)
ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
AUTHOR: TENENBAUM
ISBN: 9780486649405
STATUS: REQUIRED
COPYRIGHT: 1985
BINDING: PAPERBACK
MATH 307 (82863 – WILKENS, GEORGE)
LINEAR ALGEBRA+DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
AUTHOR: PETERSON
ISBN: 9780201662122
STATUS: REQUIRED
COPYRIGHT: 2002
BINDING: PAPERBACK
MATH 321 (82557 – NASRIN, FARZANA)
HOW TO PROVE IT
AUTHOR: VELLEMAN
ISBN: 9781108439534
STATUS: REQUIRED
EDITION: 3
COPYRIGHT: 2019
BINDING: PAPERBACK
MATH 331 (84163 – PARISÉ, PIERRE)
INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS
AUTHOR: GAUGHAN
ISBN: 9780821847879
STATUS: REQUIRED
EDITION: 5
COPYRIGHT: 2009
BINDING: HARDBACK
MATH 372 (84144 – WILLETT, RUFUS)
PROBABILITY & STAT FOR ENGR & SCI
AUTHOR: DEVORE
ISBN: 9781305251809
STATUS: REQUIRED
EDITION: 9
COPYRIGHT: 2016
BINDING: HARDBACK
MATH 402 (79717 – TAKAGI, DAISUKE)
BASIC PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
AUTHOR: BLEECKER
ISBN: 9781571460363
STATUS: REQUIRED
COPYRIGHT: 1996
BINDING: HARDBACK
MATH 412 (79718 – GUERZHOY, PAVEL
ABSTRACT ALGEBRA: INTRODUCTION
AUTHOR: HUNGERFORD
ISBN: 9781111569624
STATUS: REQUIRED
EDITION: 3
COPYRIGHT: 2013
BINDING: HARDBACK
MATH 454 (87651 – KJOS-HANSSEN, BJOERN)
COURSE ON SET THEORY
AUTHOR: SCHIMMERLING
ISBN: 9781107400481
STATUS: REQUIRED
COPYRIGHT: 2011
BINDING: PAPERBACK
 
MATH 603 (87652 – GAWLIK, EVAN)
PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
AUTHOR: EVANS
ISBN: 9780821849743
STATUS: REQUIRED
EDITION: 2
COPYRIGHT: 2010
BINDING: HARDBACK
MATH 611 (80579 – GROSS, ELIZABETH)
ABSTRACT ALGEBRA
AUTHOR: DUMMIT
ISBN: 9780471433347
STATUS: REQUIRED
EDITION: 3
COPYRIGHT: 2004
BINDING: HARDBACK
MATH 622 (87653 – MILEYKO, YURIY)
ALGEBRAIC TOPOLOGY
AUTHOR: HATCHER
ISBN: 9780521795401
STATUS: REQUIRED
EDITION: 2
COPYRIGHT: 2002
BINDING: PAPERBACK
MATH 631 (79721 – HANGELBROEK, THOMAS)FROM MATH 631 (79721 – HANGELBROEK, THOMAS)
REAL ANALYSIS:MEASURE THEORY,INTEGRAT.
AUTHOR: SHAKARCHI
ISBN: 9780691113869
STATUS: REQUIRED
EDITION: 5
COPYRIGHT: 2005
BINDING: HARDBACK
MATH 649D (83404 – GUENTNER, ERIK)
ELIPTICAL OPERATORS, TOPOLOGY+ASYMPTOTIC METHODS
AUTHOR: ROE
ISBN: 9780582325029
STATUS: RECOMMENDED
EDITION: 2
COPYRIGHT: 1999
BINDING: PAPERBACK
   
FROM MATH 649D (83404 – GUENTNER, ERIK)
SPIN GEOMETRY (PMS-38) VOL. 38
AUTHOR: LAWSON
ISBN: 9780691085425
STATUS: RECOMMENDED
COPYRIGHT: 1990
BINDING: HARDBACK

Graduate degrees target timelines

This page provides information about when you should accomplish various milestones in your degree and what other events must occur along the way. The target timeline is below. Consult with the Graduate Chair to ensure you have all the information you need.

PhD process

The typical time to degree for a PhD here is 5 to 6 years and the maximum length of support is 6 years. In your first couple of years, you’ll be taking classes and studying to pass your qualifying exams. It’s also a good idea during that time to try to figure out which type of math you might do research in; attending various seminars, talking to more advanced students about what they do, and asking professors about their research are a few ways you can go about accomplishing this.  We encourage you to attempt qualifying as exams as soon as you can.   They can be taken multiple times without penalty.  Study sessions are organized during the summer to help you pass a qual in August.

Even before passing your  qualifying exams, a high priority is finding an advisor. Getting up to speed on the cutting edge of research, and then doing your own, takes a lot of time and is the main reason you are a PhD student! Finding an advisor is an important decision and, while your interest in their research is a very important factor, working style should also be considered.  See the page How to choose an Advisor for more info.

Once you have an advisor you’ll need to pass a comprehensive (or specialty) exam. Your advisor will determine the format of this exam. Usually the comprehensive exam is an oral presentation or a paper which  shows that you have knowledge of the forefront of an area and have a problem you are intending on working on for your thesis.  You should form a committee around the same time as you do the comprehensive exam.

Then, you do math.

Once you’ve done math, it’s time to write it up. Actually it’s a great idea to write as you go.  As you approach completion, make sure to discuss the timing with your advisor and your committee. You should contact the graduate chair at least a month ahead of defending so that they can ensure all the various forms and announcements go out in time.

A target timeline for Phd students is below. These are targets not deadlines.  It is meant to show what, in our experience, the schedule of a Ph.D should look like. It’s designed to make sure that you move through the process smoothly as possible, that you make good use of your time, and that you give yourself the best chance of successfully completing the degree and continuing on to further opportunities. Everyone’s experience with graduate school is different. If you fall being the schedule outlined in the timeline, we will meet with you and try to help you get back on track. If this doesn’t work, other options may be explored.

PhD Target Timeline

  • Pass 3 600 level graduate courses by the end of the second semester.
  • Pass one qualifying exam by the beginning of the second year.
  • Pass second qualifying exam in January of the second year.
  • Find an advisor by beginning of third year.
  • Pass comprehensive (specialty exam) by middle of fourth year.
  • Finish at the end of year 5.

 

 

MA process

The typical time to degree for an MA here is 2 to 3 years. We typically only fund MA students on a year by year basis, subject to availability of funds as well as good progress.

In your first year, you’ll be spending a lot of your time taking classes. As suggested above for PhD candidates, it’s also suggested that you try to figure out in what general area, and with whom, you’ll want to write your MA paper. See How to choose an advisor for more info.

By the end of the fall of your second year, you will need to have chosen an advisor. You will work with them to produce a masters paper and prepare an oral presentation. As you near completion, you should discuss timing with your advisor, form a masters committee, and talk with the graduate chair to ensure all the various forms and announcements go out in time.

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Hawaiʻi nei jobs

Many of our MA and PhD graduates find work at other campuses of the UH System upon graduation.

Oahu

Neighbor islands

  • Kauai Community College
  • Maui College
  • University of Hawaii – Hilo
  • Hawaii Community College

Current job openings

Due to recent retirements, Leeward is a bit short of Mathematics Instructors lately. Apply here: job ad Due to the hiring freeze, they are only hiring Lecturers, but they will have several full-time Instructor positions available once the hiring freeze is over.