Graduate Studies in Math and Statistics

Graduate Studies in Math and Statistics

October 17, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[music] Professor Ram Murty, working with him has been actually life-changing because he not only introduced me on the process of research,
but he has been helpful in other parts of life. He was always available to talk if I had any issues. Even with research, I think he has very gradually
led me into being interested in very different kinds of questions. We have two sort of separate streams. One is the masters. One is the PhD. And the goal for all of them, the first is to
deepen the understanding of mathematics and fluency, but also to be a creator of mathematics, to be able to do something new. They learn the most sophisticated tools that we have. They learn where the edge of the known and the unknown is. And the purpose of an advisor is to help bring you to the edge, where there are things that are unknown,and help you find
questions that you can work on and learn to do something new. What makes me happiest is to see my students go on and
be successful and do something that I never would have thought of. Kingston is really pretty. It’s really nice. It has that old university feel. It wasn’t the main reason for coming to Kingston, but it was definitely a nice bonus. Within the department, we would have weekly biomass seminars where we were able to collaborate and share each other’s research and share
problems and get each other’s insight. So that was really nice. Outside of the department, I’ve been able to partake
in other student clubs, like dance clubs, and that’s been a nice way to get some exercise and separate from your research. I’ve had two of my PhD student actually win the
doctoral prize at the Canadian Mathematical Society. Another one of my students has won the top prize
for the best research paper written in a Canadian journal. Quite a number of my former students are now in top places. One of them, for example, right now is at Harvard University
and another one is at University of Chicago. Our doctoral students learn how to communicate with students; how to transmit the enjoyment of mathematics to other students. And I think that’s part of teaching and that’s actually part of research, as well.