introduction to graduate research

MATH499\(\def\Real{\mathbb{R}}\), second half of S’24 semester.

The course deals with ethics in mathematical research.

who, when, where

  • faculty: Yuliy Baryshnikov,
  • office hours Monday 3:00-3:50pm, AH259.
  • class meets: Mondays, 4-4:50pm, Altgeld Hall 147

schedule of topics (tentative)

  • 3.18 class overview
  • 3.25 what are the ethical issues in mathematical research? Presenters: Yefei Zhang, Jose Arbelo; scribes: Jiantong Liu, Deniz Ozbay
  • 4.1 research misconduct. Presenters: Jiantong Liu, Ryoko Toller; scribes: Yefei Zhang, Jaewon Min.
    • plagiarism; examples of plagiarism in mathematics, falsification and mistakes: famous and infamous examples
    • will computer assistance (proof assistants, proof verifiers) change the nature of mathematical (mis)conduct?
  • 4.8 human dimension. Presenters: Haoran Yin, Huy Tran, Fengyuan Lin, scribes: Jose Arbelo, Ryoko Toller, Aziz Bouland.
    • power dynamics in labs and departments, relationship with authorities, authorship
  • 4.15 research and society. Presenters: Anastasiia Ianina, Aziz Bouland, Balint Gyenti, scribes: Haoran Yin, Huy Tran, Fengyuan Lin.
    • goals of research, government research, for-profit research, compromises and balances
  • 4.22 mathematics and military. Presenters: Jaewon Min, Yuxuan Zhao, Xiangyu Wang, scribes: Amy Woodall, Katerina Saettone, Balint Gyenti
  • 4.29 humans and other living subjects. Presenters: Amy Woodall, Deniz Ozbay, Katerina Saettone, scribes: Anastasiia Ianina, Yuxuan Zhao, Xiangyu Wang.
    • data science, biases and misuse


  • the class will consist of discussions led by three participants and recorded by three scribes (each participant will have to participate in one presenting team and be the scribe for one of the discussions), – signup form below.
  • a selection of texts is here; the participants can augment or replace them with relevant texts of their choice.
  • sign up for presentations and note taking


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