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Activities and Opportunities for UH Math Students

Organizations, Events, and Resources

The UH Math Department offers a number of opportunities and extracurricular activities for math majors.

  • Graduate Student Seminars (GSS)
The Graduate Student Seminars are held in Room 646 PGH at 2:00 p.m. every Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters unless otherwise announced. There are no regularly scheduled Graduate Student Seminars during the summer. View GSS Schedule for more information.

Attending the GSS seminars provide graduate students great opportunities to talk directly with the faculty, postdocs carrying out the research. Graduate seminars also introduce first-year graduate students to ongoing research in the Mathematics Department. For those that have not decided what field of research they would like to pursue, this is an excellent opportunity to sample the various research opportunities.

  • AMS Graduate Student Chapter

We are an AMS Graduate Student Chapter sponsored by the American Mathematical Society. We promote mathematical research and education among graduate students in the following ways:

    - Encourage students in pure and applied mathematics.
    - Organize social and professional activities to discuss mathematics, share ideas, hone job skills, and prepare students for jobs in academia and elsewhere.
    - Increase awareness of opportunities and experiences related to mathematics and professional development.
    - Inform graduate students about all aspects of mathematics, both as a subject and a profession.
    - Promote interaction among graduate students, faculty, and undergraduates and strengthen the sense of community in our department.

  • AWM Graduate Student Chapter

The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study mathematics and its applications to the sciences, to support women who are currently pursuing careers in mathematics, and to build a network among the women in mathematics at the University of Houston. Also, we strive to promote a welcoming community for all graduate and undergraduate students interested in mathematics. UH-AWM supports the Non-Discrimination Statement of the Association for Women in Mathematics. Women, men, and any of the LGBTQ community are welcome to join our chapter activities and become members of the organization. In addition to graduate students, we welcome undergrads, lecturers, postdocs, faculty, and basically anyone interested in learning more about math, whether it’s about career paths, math education, or research-related!

      For more information about the Association for Women in Mathematics, please visit:

  • SIAM Student Chapter

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) primary goals are:

    - To foster the application of mathematics and computational science to industry and academics
    - To provide a community for exchange of information and ideas among mathematicians, engineers, and scientists
    - To facilitate career opportunities for students
    - To encourage and promote students for developing effective presentation and leadership skills.

  • Teaching Training Program

The purpose of this program is to give our PhD students more training on teaching and presentation skills, to have better and more detailed recommendation letters in teaching performance, and to improve their teaching quality at UH.

  1. Any TA student, after passing three PhD preliminary exams, can make request to participate this program.
  2. We shall identify faculty members who agree to serve as mentors in this program.
  3. A student in the program will be assigned to a professor who is in the mentor group as a grader, including on-line course. As a mentor, the professor should help to improve this student's teaching skills and make evaluation.
    - For example, the professors may talk to the student on many teaching issues, and give some chance to let the student to teach several classes (supervised by the professor).
    - By the end of the semester, the professor should fill out an evaluation form on the student's teaching performance and send it to Director of Graduate Studies.
    - If the performance is good enough, the student's name will be sent to Dr. Wagner and Dr. He so that s/he could be assigned to teach a course as instructor of record, if needed.
    - If the performance is not good enough, the student would continue to stay in this program.
  4. In the future, if needed, the mentor professor should write a detailed letter of recommendation for her/his student on teaching performance.