|The VIGRE Teacher Training for Undergraduates
(TTUs) program is meant for undergraduate students who are interested in
the teaching of mathematics. A faculty member mentors and supervises this
activity. TTUs are focused around a course that the faculty member is teaching.
The student learns about the preparation of lecture materials and examinations,
and participates in the classroom instruction as the term progresses.
The student's role is to assist the instructor and learn more about how
to present material in the course, how to arrange the material over the
term, and how to test the class for their knowledge of the material. As
the term progresses, the student is given the opportunity to present sections
of the material in class. By the end of the term, the Teacher Trainees
will have prepared and conducted lectures on their own, participated in
the writing of examinations, the grading of examinations, and the whole
spectrum of issues arising in the teaching of a course. The last obligation
of the student is to write a final report on her/his experience as a Teacher
Trainee to be submitted to the TTU committee. This program provides a
very educational, guided teaching experience for the undergraduate TTU
participants. Many students have expressed an interest in the TTU program.
Fall 2000/Spring 2001:
Fall 2001/Spring 2002:
- Prof. Graham Evans worked with Blair Rose on a TTU in the course Math
119, Ideas in Geometry, in fall 2000. This TTU proved to be a positive
experience for both Blair Rose and her mentor Prof. Evans. See the appendix.
- Prof. Harold Diamond worked with Ricardo (Rich) Astudillo, a sophomore
mathematics student, in an active learning section of a first-year course
during spring 2001. This TTU was successful and Rich Astudillo has expressed
great excitement over the insight and experience that this opportunity
has given him.
- Prof. Peter Braunfeld worked with the senior student Lynn Herberger
in a TTU during fall 2000. They also collaborated on developing a system
for the evaluation of grading distributions for a number of undergraduate
- Prof. Randy McCarthy worked with Matt Moran on another TTU in spring
2001. Matt Moran was a junior mathematics major. This teaching experience
was an excellent addition to his undergraduate experiences.
- Dustin Lindley worked with Jerry Uhl (faculty member) in a Math C&M
- Jim Schuster worked with April Bucher (teaching associate) in Math
120 and Math 130 Merit Workshop courses.
- Benjamin Bernard worked with George Francis (faculty member) and KimWhittlesey
(visiting assistant professor) in Math 302 and Math 198.
Fall 2002/Spring 2003:
- Graham Evans (faculty) with Martha Teklu Small group active learning
section of Math 120, Fall 2002.
- Jerry Uhl (faculty) with Ross Mohr Calculus & Mathematica section
of Math 120, Fall 2002.
- Jerry Uhl (faculty) with Faisal Mohamed Discovery section of Math
242, Spring 2003.
- George Francis (faculty) with Wendy Hubbard grafiXlab software implementation,
Spring 2003. A detailed report of their project is available at http://archive.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Classes/MATH198/whubbard/GRUMC/.
- Randy McCarthy (faculty) with Aaron Wittrig Small group active learning
section of Math 120, Spring 2003.
Fall 2003/Spring 2004:
- Aaron Wittrig had a TTU working with Randy McCarthy in a Fall 2003 Math 280 class, the second course in multivariable calculus.
- Jack Kahoutek had a TTU working with Jerry Uhl in a Discovery Course section of Calculus & Mathematica 120 during the Fall 2003 term.
- Greg Stanton had a TTU working with Carl Jockusch in a Discovery Course active learning section of Math 120 in Fall 2003.
- Amber Hardy had a TTU working with Jerry Uhl in a Calculus & Mathematica 315 course in Spring 2004.
- Steven Spradu had a TTU working with Serge Ivanov in Spring 2004. He was involved in every aspect of the course planning and presentation.
TTU fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis and not only provide
a $2,000 stipend for the term, but give the student special course credit
of 2 hours. Students submit an application with two references to a committee
consisting of one advanced undergraduate mathematics major, the VIGRE
Coordinator, the Undergraduate Programs Director, and the Associate Chair.