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Graduate School's website 

Key Dates

Student handbook

Office of the Registrar

 

Information for new Graduate Students

Welcome to the UT Austin Department of Mathematics. We are delighted to have you join our department!

When you get to Austin, check in with Liesbeth Demaer, PMA 8.144, (inside the Mathematics Department's Main Office suite) at your scheduled appointment time. You may also wish to say hello to the Graduate Adviser, in PMA 8.114. 

Our Graduate Adviser has advised all PhD students by phone prior to registration for classes for the Fall semester. Actuarial students will be advised by Dr. Mark Maxwell. Note that this schedule for advising is only applicable to new graduate students.  Advising for current students occurs at a different time (which is also announced via departmental email).

A very important part of your early Ph.D. program here will be the preliminary exams.  Please review this section carefully and be prepared to discuss any questions or concerns during advising. Make yourself familiar with the Student handbook

Doctoral students are required to review the degree plan for the program during the first week of starting the program .

For detailed information on the various forms of financial support offered by the department, see the Financial Information page.

All new graduate students are required to attend all of the Department's orientation presentations. 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

U.S. immigration rules and regulations can be very complex. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will help you navigate these complexities throughout your time at UT. They maintain an excellent website to address the needs of international students. 

There are many tasks to take care of before you arrive to study in a different country. the Pre-Arrival Checklist for Students will help you make sure you remember some of the most important ones. After you arrive in the U.S. you will have to complete a New Student Check-In. You will not be able to register for classes until you complete that process (this will show up as an "I bar" if you try to register prior to completing the New Student Check-In).

 

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS 

Some international students may be required to take an English screening test before being allowed to register (this will show up as a "J bar" when you try to register).

To be eligible for a TA or AI appointment, international students must receive the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) English certification.  You will have to pass an Oral English Assesment and workshop.  For more information visit the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) website.

  

Annual Assessment

By Graduate School policy, Graduate students are required to participate in an Annual Assessment.

Early in the Fall semester, you will be asked to complete an electronic form which will ask about your activities and progress over the past year, your plans, and difficulties you may have encountered. Once you have an agreed academic advisor, your assessment form will be shared with that person. The advisor is asked to comment on your progress and/or check a box that describes your progress as excellent/typical/adequate/inadequate. You will be able to see the advisor’s input. The completed form will then be reviewed by the Graduate Advisor and Graduate Coordinator.

We strongly recommend that, around the time that the Annual Assessment is completed, you have a conversation with your advisor about your progress and concerns. This helps avoid situations where expectations are mismatched, or where concerns fester.

The Annual Assessment is used as a record of your progress — for example, your identification of an advisor — and your achievements, such as the completion of research papers.  It may be used as a reference in decisions about opportunities such as fellowship nominations.  Note that in making such decisions, we are mindful of the fact that different advisors may calibrate their ratings and comments differently.  It also helps identify students experiencing difficulties; in such cases, our priority is to help you solve the problems.

You may have concerns which you do not think are appropriately addressed on the Annual Assessment form.  For some such concerns, conversation with your advisor is more appropriate. If you have concerns that you wish to keep confidential from your advisor, you may bring them confidentially to the Graduate Advisor or Graduate Coordinator.

In rare instances, Annual Assessments may be viewed by the department chair or ASGSC; still more rarely, by officials from the Graduate School.