# New M.S. Students

## New M.S. Students

New M.S. students will take the Basic Exam in Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra on Friday, August 16, from 10:00-12:00 in Room 315 Armstrong. There is also a take-home part, due back on Tuesday, August 19 and an individually-scheduled oral part on the following Thursday or Friday may be given in rare cases. The exam is designed to furnish us with an idea of your background in advanced calculus and in linear algebra. Based on the results of the exam, we may require and/or advise you to include certain prerequisite courses as part of your program, such as Math 451 (undergraduate advanced calculus), or Math 343 (the undergraduate linear algebra course). Information on the basic exam and topics covered is available on the department web site.

All students are encouraged to register for the fall semester during the summer. This is particularly important for GTA’s, as your assignment has to be chosen so as not to conflict with your class schedule. Registration is done over the internet through the “STAR” system. You should contact me first for recommendations, but if you register yourself, please email me your schedule. You can access the system directly, or through your WVU student portal. For direct access, go to the address http://star.wvu.edu. Click “Star Access”. You can find information about courses by following the link “Schedule of Courses”. When you are ready to register, use the link “STAR Information System Login”. Information on how to log in is posted – you will need your WVU Mix user name. You can also access STAR through the Mix system, http://www.mix.wvu.edu. Feel free to correspond with any of the professors by email during the summer for information about courses. Full time enrollment is 9 credit hours (three courses) and is mandatory for Graduate Assistants and is usually a condition for international student visas. (Note: Audit hours are not counted toward official full time study.) Some additional one-credit seminar-type enrollments are sometimes also required, notably Math 590 Teaching Practicum, which is required for teaching assistants, and Math 696 Graduate Seminar, required primarily for Ph.D. students. An email directory of faculty is available from the main department web page. I will be posting descriptions of our course offerings in the fall. Changes to your course schedule can be made after you arrive in Morgantown. Schedule changes can be made up until the end of the first week of classes, but it is very difficult to make any changes after that. Graduate Assistants receive a full tuition waiver and other students may receive a partial tuition waiver; however student fees currently amounting to about $621 per semester, and College tuition that ranges from$279 to \$531 per semester based on residency, cannot be waived for anyone. Please note that after registration you are expected to pay at least 60% of your account balance by Wednesday, August 13; otherwise you will be dropped from all your classes and will have to re-register.

Please check your University MIX email after arriving on campus, as I will be using that to communicate with you, and graduate students in general, in the future. You can configure most email software (gmail, hotmail, etc.) to gather your MIX email. The Department's computer administrator is Rick Holsberry, rth@math.wvu.edu, in Room 311 Armstrong.