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{\centering \bf Summer Opportunities \par}
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\vskip1em During the last three summers we have run the Summer Math
Institute (SMI) here at Cornell. SMI is a program aimed at better
preparing approximately $12$ undergraduates from other institutions,
particularly women and underrepresented minorities, for the rigors of
beginning graduate courses in the mathematical sciences. The primary
component of SMI is a rigorous analysis or algebra course. It will be
algebra in $2009$. There is also a (smaller) research component. We
have secured long term funding from the NSF and will be running SMI
for the next several summers.
There are a number of summer funding opportunities available.
Brief descriptions are below:
\begin{itemize}
\item Algebra Instructor: The candidate will have a Ph.D\@. The
instructor will design the course and teach class for $75$ minutes a
day, assign homework, and have office hours at the evening problem
sessions for $10$ hour per week. (The students put roughly $30$ hours
per week into the course.) The instructor is also expected to have a
`presence' in the program beyond what is described above. For example,
he or she will go to dinner with outside speakers and occasionally
participate in weekend outings with the students. The compensation
for the eight weeks (plus a few days at the beginning) is \$15,000.
\item Algebra TA: The candidate will be an expert in algebra at the
level of Math 4330--4340. The responsibilities include carefully
grading and commenting on the homework in a timely fashion, writing
homework solutions and holding $4$--$6$ office hours at the evening
problem sessions. The TA is also expected to have a `presence' as
described above. The compensation for the eight weeks (plus a few
days at the beginning) is \$6,000.
\item Projects: The students work on their projects for $20$--$25$
hours a week, typically in groups of $4$. The job lasts the full
eight weeks plus a few days at the beginning. There are two possible
models for the projects:
\begin{enumerate}
\item A Ph.D. will lead the projects and oversee three groups of four
students. They will work with the students for roughly three hours a
day, supervise practice presentations, help the students prepare
posters, and have a `presence' as described above. In this scenario
the project leader will have a TA. The compensation is \$15,000 for
the project leader and \$6,000 for the TA.
\item The three projects will be lead by three TAs, ideally with some
guidance from their advisor. The TAs will work with the students for
roughly three hours per day, supervise practice presentations, help
the students prepare posters, and have a `presence' as described above.
The compensation is \$6,000 for each TA.
\end{enumerate}
\item Social Activities Directors: There are two possible models
\begin{enumerate}
\item Two people (grad students) organize and participate in weekend
activities and outings with the SMI students. Having a car is
important for these positions. These jobs also involve stocking the
breakfast food for SMI students (either in the dormitory or in CAM)
and running various errands for the SMI director, such as making
restaurant reservations for dinners with outside speakers, picking up
outside speakers at the bus station or airport, etc. These positions
pay \$1,500. The aforementioned `presence' is required. The job will
last the full eight weeks plus a few days at the beginning.
\item The responsibilities will be the same as above, but teams of
$2$--$3$ students will work for $2$--$3$ weeks each. The salary will
be prorated appropriately.
\end{enumerate}
\end{itemize}
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Kenneth Brown, SMI Director
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