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Projects

The focus of this part of the workshop is on developing, implementing, and institutionalizing project-based calculus instruction for students in engineering and the sciences, following the model that has been developed at USF. Here, projects are created in conjunction with engineers and scientists in the field, and are designed to enhance the students' ability to connect mathematics with other subjects. Students who do projects have two advisors — a subject area supervisor, typically the scientist or engineer who helped frame the project, and a mathematics advisor, typically their course instructor.

At the workshop, we will describe how projects are developed and assigned, how they are incorporated into the mathematics course and how they are evaluated. In addition, a student who submitted a project will give a presentation that describes how the project was beneficial to her/him. Finally, a number of students who submitted projects will present their results in a poster session.

More information about the use of project-based calculus instruction at USF can be obtained from the links below. The first is to the electronic journal, “Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One \(+\) Two”, in which selected student project reports are published: ciim.usf.edu/ujmm

In addition, the following link provides information about all of the projects, students and advisors since the inception of the program (Fall 2008): shell.cas.usf.edu/math/mug/new/index.php.