Wiki

The MGSA Wiki is a useful reference on how to navigate the sometimes-winding ways of the Berkeley math graduate program. Parts of the wiki are somewhat out of date at the moment (we're working on improving this during Summer 2013), but the following are some of the more useful pages:

  • Prospective Students: Answers to some of the more common questions we get from prospective members of our community. If you're a prospective student who is looking for an answer that's not on this page, feel free to send us a note, and we'll see if we can help.
  • First Year Students: Required reading on how to get situated as a first-year student in the department. Take note of residency requirements, even before you arrive in August!
  • Upper Year Students: An expansive treatise on what happens after you get situated as a math grad student.
  • Qualifying Exam: Information on studying for the exam, and practice problems from past exams on a wide variety of topics.
  • Applying for Postdocs: Or faculty positions, of course :). This page offers a fairly detailed discussion on what goes into applying for a post-doc after graduation. But don't wait to read this until you're ready to apply! Plenty of the advice concerns making yourself competitive as a candidate throughout your time in grad school.
  • Taxes Guide: An annual (or quarterly!) plague on graduate students everywhere is the confusing question of how to properly pay taxes on grants, fellowships and stipends. This guide is a bit old, but the principles are still correct. Start here if you want to begin figuring out what's going on.
  • Webpage Guide: An easy overview of how to configure and create a webpage on the math department's servers.
  • LaTeX Basics: LaTeX is the current standard method of typsetting formal mathematics, so if you aren't already a pro, no time like the present to learn! This page links to some tutorials and packages, and gives tips on installation and specialized text editors.