Directed Reading Program (DRP)

Mission Statement

The primary goal of the DRP is to broaden participation in mathematics, especially among members of underrepresented groups, by increasing individuals’ self-identity as mathematicians, by providing them with mentors close to their age, and by welcoming them into the broader mathematical family. Secondary objectives of the program are to extend the undergraduate curriculum and to provide mentoring experience to graduate students.


Student mentees are expected to meet with their mentors for one hour each week and spend about four hours prior to each meeting reading and preparing. The precise details of what the undergraduates should do outside of these meetings can be worked out between mentors and mentees, but could include taking notes and preparing questions, working out exercises, or preparing to present a proof on the board at the next meeting. During the second to last week of classes mentees will give a 15 minute presentation on what they learned.


The DRP is organized by a committee of graduate students. The committee’s responsibilities include recruiting participants, pairing mentors and mentees, and providing guidance and mediation as needed.


The main page for the Directed Reading Program at Syracuse University can be found at this link.

Previous Projects

Year Project Student(s) Advisor
2019 Spring Mathopoly: A Game Theory Saga Kevin Aubrey, Emily Dyckman Josh Fenton
An Introduction to Elliptic Curves and Their Cryptographic Applications Samuel Wheeler Caleb McWhorter
Machine Learning Outline: Neural Network and Digit Recognition Yantao Wu Erin Tripp
2018 Fall Gröbner Bases Delong Chen Laura Ballard
Optimal Blackjack Strategy Tighe Gugerty Josh Fenton
The Four Vertex Theorem and its Converse Seif Hejazine Alice Lim
Linear Optimization Theory and Applications Chang Liu Steve Farnham
Fermat’s Last Theorem Xinxuan Wang Caleb McWhorter
Some Fundamental Theorems of Number Theory and their Proofs Brooke Weiss Rachel Diethorn

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