The FIRST YEAR is dedicated to training and student orientation. During the first year, our students:
determine their future research field
choose an advisor, who will supervise them during the training
learn the necessary techniques to approach their future research activity.
Every student is assigned a tutor (chosen among the members of the Ph.D. board) who supervises her/his training process until the final defense, defines with her/him any training activities and serves as a link between the student and the Ph.D. board. Tutors also help the student in the important choice of a thesis advisor, generally among the faculty staff of the Mathematical Department of SAPIENZA or among the lecturers who participate to the training process.
Our PhD programme offers several training options towards the necessary mathematical background to approach mathematical research:
1. PhD courses, given by external lecturers, sponsored by the PhD and funded by SAPIENZA or INdAM (8 credits) (list of the courses held in the last three years)
2. PhD courses and mini-courses (8 and 4 credits)
3. Reading courses and/or working groups, worth a number of credits which is determined by the PhD Board. Here you can find a list of reading courses which may be activated, depending on availability of lecturers and/or expression of interest by students.
4. Advanced courses of the Master Degrees in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, included in the list of the commutable courses which has been approved by the PhD Board; advanced courses from other master degrees, upon approval of the PhD Board.
5. Individual training programs, worth a number of credits which is determined by the PhD Board, which can also include participation to Summer and Winter Schools.
The training program of each student must include at least 20 credits of examinable activities, chosen among the above.
Active participation to the permanent seminars of our department is an important part of the training process. Those are 7 periodic seminars on many different topics from Pure and Applied Mathematics.
Within the end of the first year, all students have to have defined their advisor.
The choice of a research topic is made together with the advisor, who usually proposes a problem which will lead to the PhD thesis, and who works in close connection with the student.
Courses given by external teachers are often an occasion to get international contacts and possibly develop a joint PhD thesis with a foreign institution.