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Thesis Seminar (2018)

General information

In an effort to help students structure their work, toy provide more regular feedback and to encourage cooperation among students, the M9 chair is offering a monthly seminar for the chair's bachelor and master students.

  • The main objective of the seminar is to provide more structure for the students' writing their theses and to foster cooperation.

  • All students writing their thesis with M9 are strongly encouraged to attend the seminar and the respective advisors will expect their students to do so. If students are not able to attend they are asked to discuss this with their respective advisors.


Date Time Room Basics Module Further Remarks
Thursday, April 26th, 2018 17:00 02.06.020 Module B, Part 1  
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 17:00 02.06.020 Module C  


Most sessions will be structured the following way:
Block Duration Item
I) ~25min Basic Thesis Writing Skills
II) ~20min Special Topic Presentation (sporadically)
III) ~45min Student Reports and Discussion
remaining time: student presentations

Basic Thesis Writing Skills

Each session is started with a information block on common issues when writing a thesis. Currently, there are 3 different modules that are repeated periodically. You may infer from the seminar announcements which module is scheduled when.

Module A: Organization

  • How to structure your working process
  • Basic information about form, templates, etc.
  • Responsibilities of students and supervisors.

Module B: Writing - Language and Formulas

  • Hints for writing mathematical texts.
  • How to include formulas etc.

Module C: Correct Citing and Good Scientific Practice

  • What to cite.
  • How to cite.
  • Required scientific standards (TUM Code of Conduct).

If a student has already attended a module, he/she is free to skip the seminar's first 15 minutes.

Student Reports and Discussion

  • During each session, each student gives a short work report on his/her ongoing thesis (10 minutes maximum, preferably less). This report should comprise a short overview of your topic, a summary of the work that you have completed so far, with a special focus on last month's efforts, and an outlook on what you are planning to achieve during the coming month. In particular, issues and obstacles that are currently dealt with are to be pointed out.

  • After each report, there will be some time for discussions and exchanging ideas. The objective is mainly to provide feedback on your work, help you estimate your progress in comparison to others, and to foster cooperation. If you have any questions that you would like to discuss, feel free to ask them during or after your presentation.

  • Exchange and cooperation is encouraged: Discuss your problem with someone else who seems to be working on something related! See if you could use a piece of someone’s code for data acquisition/preparation! Exchange literature! Give and receive Latex advice! Students are invited to take some time to discuss these issues during or after the seminar.

  • For their report, students can (but do not have to) use a small template presentation: TUM-PRESENTATION.zip. Using only the blackboard is fine as well.

  • English is encouraged, but you are free to give your talk in German if that feels more comfortable.


File Description
zip Exemplary program files that illustrate how parameter tests/test runs on a compute server may be automated


Leonard Gillman. Writing mathematics well: a manual for authors. The Mathematical Association of America, 1987.

Franco Vivaldi. Mathematical Writing, an undergraduate course. Springer, 2014.

Paul R Halmos. How to write mathematics. L'Enseignement Mathématique, 16(2):123--152, 1970.

Donald Ervin Knuth, Tracy Larrabee, and Paul M Roberts. Mathematical writing. The Mathematical Association of America, 1989.


If students have any questions regarding the seminar, they are asked to approach their respective supervisor.

-- FabianKlemm - 05 Oct 2016

Research Unit M9

Department of Mathematics
Boltzmannstraße 3
85748 Garching b. München
phone:+49 89 289-16858
fax:+49 089 289-16859


Prof. Dr. Peter Gritzmann
Applied Geometry and Discrete Mathematics

Prof. Dr. Andreas S. Schulz
Mathematics of Operations Research
(affiliated member of M9)

Prof. Dr. Stefan Weltge
Discrete Mathematics


Jan 25th, 2019
Case Studies 2019: Preliminary Meeting on Wed, Feb 6th, at 16:00 in room MI 03.06.011.