2022 Independent research project(MTH)

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Undergraduate major in Mathematics
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Course description and aims

The aim of the seminar is to prepare participating students for future research activities. A subject for the seminar is chosen through discussions with the academic supervisor. Students are expected to obtain a deep understanding of the subject by reading related literature and giving oral presentations. They get a chance to see how an advanced theory is developed based on the fundamental ideas of various fields that they learned during their prior training. They explore the connections between concepts while utilizing multiple points of view. They also encounter the boundaries of knowledge: insufficiently understood phenomena and open problems that are potential topics of future research.

This course is an important part of Tokyo Tech’s laboratory-based educational system, in which individual students work on specific research themes. This is complemented by coursework with a more structured curriculum. By studying active research fields, it is expected that each student will acquire comprehensive skills to identify and develop solutions to newly emerging problems.

Student learning outcomes

Students are expected to
1. Understand the significance of mathematical problems, judge their influence on science and society, and attempt to solve them
2. Apply knowledge of pure mathematics to solve problems related to a specific field
3. Explain mathematical concepts logically, discuss them, and produce quality scientific writing


Comprehensive understanding of specific mathematical theory and application to concrete problems, Literature search, Ability to explain mathematical concept logically

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Conduct seminars under the guidance of your academic supervisor. The course schedule is determined through discussions with your academic supervisor.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 ・ Guidance from your academic supervisor ・ Discussions on the direction of your research ・ Decide your research subject and the main textbook ・Thorough reading of your textbook ・Technical presentations and discussions ・ Literature search Follow instructions from your academic advisor


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Assessment criteria and methods

Academic advisor will evaluate the student's understanding through their presentations at the seminar.

Related courses

  • MTH.Z381 : Research opportunity in Laboratories (MTH)

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

The student is required to have satisfied the conditions for taking Independence Research Project at the Department of Mathematics

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