Each year the Department supports approximately 50 students, most as teaching assistants. Unlike many other universities, during the first three years of study teaching assistants do not teach their own classes, but instead meet with students in small recitation sections. This means that the time required for teaching duties here is generally less than the time required at other institutions.
Some advanced students (usually those who have continued beyond the fourth year) have the opportunity to teach their own sections of lower division courses.
Students participate in a teaching workshop, and each student's development as a teacher is monitored and guided through both faculty and student evaluations. Exceptional performance in teaching is recognized annually by Excellence in Teaching awards of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Graduate student fellowships and awards within UB include College Fellowships, Presidential Fellowship, Dean's Scholar Program, and Dissertation Fellowships, among others.
Our students have opportunities to apply for fellowships in the Mathematical Sciences:
Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
Ford Foundation Fellowships
Hertz Foundation Fellowship
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program
National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans