Duke University

 Overview
In 2000 the National Science Foundation announced a grant to the
Department of Mathematics of Duke University under the program
Grants for Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical
Sciences (VIGRE).
The VIGRE grant is for five years, beginning July 1, 2000.
The principal components of Duke's VIGRE program are
 VIGRE Postdoctoral Fellows
 The Graduate Program
 PRUV: Program for Research for Undergraduate with VIGRE
 CHISEL: Carolina High School Education Leadership Program.
 VIGRE program assessment, which seeks to monitor and evaluate the
impact of VIGRE on our undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral program.
 Goals
 Integration of research and education at all levels
 Broadening education at all levels
 Recruitment of students and postdocs
 Strong mentoring of students and postdocs
 Improved teaching and communication skills
 Shortended time to Ph.D.
 Dissemination of our VIGRE activities to the
mathematics community
 Highlights
 Strong undergraduate research
 Strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary reserach
(opportunities):
mathematical biology,
computational topology, geometry and physics
(string theory and astronomy),
thin films
 Effective postdoctoral program; postdocs have the opportunity to participate in grant writing workshops
 Mentoring for gradudate students and postdocs;
see article by our Chair,
Richard Hain, which appeared in the report of the AMS, ASA, MAA, and SIAM
Workshop on VIGRE (May 2002, Reston, VI)
 TA training;
no teaching duty for firstyear graduate students
 Coherent graduate curriculum
 Computing requirement: scientific computing for
applied students (
I and
II),
computing in geometry and algebra for pure students
(2002,
2004)
 Novel undergraduate cryptography course
(2003,
2004)
 Strong efforts
to recruit math majors, especially female


