An important resource for all faculty and graduate students is the Mathematics Library. With a collection of 25,000 monographs and 750 regular journal subscriptions, it is one of the leading collections in the United States. Its open stacks and reading room are in the central Science Library at 3175 Shapiro and are available 130 hours per week. Since journals do not circulate, they are always available; photocopies may be made at $0.06 a page. Searches of a wide variety of databases may be requested from a terminal at the library desk. Math-SciNet (the on-line version of Mathematical Reviews) is available for free use from any terminal connected to the central computing system.
Computing facilities are growing rapidly in importance for mathematicians. At the University of Michigan, there is a strong commitment to keeping abreast of the latest developments. Computers are widely available for students in the Department. Additionally, the University provides a large number of public access workstations and servers to the campus at large to which students will also have access.
The mathematical vitality of the Department may be measured, in part, by the number of educational activities that take place outside the traditional classroom. Most research areas organize one or more seminars that meet once or twice each week. The Colloquium meets each week for a talk aimed at a general mathematical audience, usually by a visitor from another university. Often, additional special lectures are scheduled as a forum for other short-term visitors. All of these are announced in a weekly bulletin posted on the department website.
Two endowed lecture series attract renowned mathematicians for visits of up to one week each year. The bequest of Alexander Ziwet established the Ziwet Lectures. Recent lecturers include: Emmanuel Candes (2012), David Eisenbud (2012), Nick Trefethen (2011), C. Hugh Woodin (2010), Christopher Skinner (2010), C. Villani (2009), John Tyson (2009), Ioannis Karatzas (2008), Curtis T. McMullen (2008), Jerrold Marsden (2006), Michael Artin (2003), Timothy Gowers (2001), and Peter Sarnak (2000). The gift of Raymond and Una Wilder has established the G.Y. Rainich Lectures. A total of 13 series have been given, recent lecturers include: Terence Tao (2010), Gang Tian (2008), Philip Holmes (2006), Nancy Kopell (2003), Robert MacPhereson (2002), and Martin Nowak (2001).
For many graduate students, especially at the beginning, the Department is an important part of their social life. Most students believe that the atmosphere of the Department is friendly and cooperative. The offices assigned to first-year graduate students may be less than ideal for quiet study, but they provide a good setting for both mathematical and social interaction. In later years, most graduate students are assigned to three-person offices interspersed among the faculty offices. Our building offers a superb Commons Room and atrium, which provide a focus for lively discussions and occasional contemplative games. Afternoon tea is served daily in the Common Room allowing faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to interact and relax at the end of the day.
The Michigan Mathematical Journal is edited by faculty members and is published in Ann Arbor. The Mathematical Reviews, located in Ann Arbor, greatly enriches the mathematical atmosphere as well.
Each year the department recognizes one or more of our excellent teachers among the Graduate Student Instructors with the Outstanding GSI award. We also have the Sumner Myers award, in which we award to the best dissertation from the preceding year. In addition, the Department nominates outstanding candidates each year for many other awards and competitive fellowships.