Summer Support

In recent years, all graduate students supported during the academic year have also been supported in summer. The different types of summer support include:

  • Teaching assistantships
  • External grant money for summer graduate student research funded by faculty members' personal grants

Summer Activities

The UGA Mathematics Department has a rather broad summer training program. Some of summer activities include:

  • The graduate summer course offered by a faculty member. Students receiving summer support are strongly encouraged to sign up for this course if they have not already seen the material. [3 credit hours]
  • The summer graduate student research seminar (Mock AMS) [3 credit hours]
  • Qualifying exam study groups [3 credit hours each]
  • Specialized graduate seminars
  • Dissertation research or writing
  • Student reading or study groups on specific topics
  • Reading courses with faculty


All supported graduate students must sign up for at least 9 credit hours in the summer. The different types of summer funding will carry different requirements and/or duties. These include:

  • Students on summer research support are required to remain in residence for two months during the summer, preferably during the through session (June and July). Exceptions to the residency requirements will be made for students participating in off-campus workshops, conferences, or internships.
  • Students on research support (e.g., faculty grant, on-campus internship) will be required to sign up for the summer Graduate Student Research Seminar. This seminar meets approximately one and three-quarter hours per week for 8 weeks in the summer; the time may be adjusted in future years depending on the number of participants wanting or required to give talks. The seminar has the traditional format of a research seminar where graduate students will present either their own research or other research that they are interested in.
  • All students receiving summer support (of any kind) are required to submit a report on their summer activities at the end of the summer.

Applying For Support

Support decisions for the summer are made each year in the spring by the Graduate Committee. Students will be asked to submit proposals to the Graduate Committee and Summer Coordinator by March 31, describing a program of mathematical activities for the summer. Support decisions will be based on your performance during the academic year and on your activities proposals. Here is a template for a summer proposal.