About us

Welcome to the home page of the Mathematics Graduate Student Organization (MGSO) at Texas A&M University in College Station. The purpose of this organization is to encourage communication among students, faculty, and staff, and contribute to a rich social life in the department through cultural and scientific dialogue. We would also like to provide an environment where students in the mathematics department can practice their presentation skills as well as view the techniques of others. It is our goal to be a source of support and information for all graduate students.

The main activity of the MGSO is the Graduate Student Seminar. This seminar is for grad students, (largely) by grad students: Volunteer to give a talk!

Seminar: Fall 2019, Wednesdays, Blocker 628, 4:00-4:50 PM

Next Talk

Speaker:   C.J. Bott  

Title:   Why An Algebraist's Favorite Subject Should be Calculus

Time / Date:   4:00 - 5:00 , November 20


A traditional undergraduate abstract algebra course focuses on groups (which have 1 binary operation) and rings (which have 2 binary operations), but the fact is that there are many more algebraic structures (with 1,2, or more than 2 binary operations) that are ubiquitous in mathematics. In this talk, I will introduce the simplest forms of my two favorite examples of algebraic structures: smooth functions and smooth vector fields in \mathbb{R}^n! While many may be familiar with these sets from calculus, they have an astounding number of binary operations with immediate and interesting geometric consequences. It is my hope that mathematicians of all backgrounds will enjoy seeing these connections in math that are not usually taught in a formal course.