The following exercises will allow you to develop experience in thinking creatively, forming ideas, presenting ideas, and other useful skills for being a Ph.D. student.

Each assignment is due at the beginning of class, submitted digitally on t-square unless the description specifically says otherwise.

To help you get your feet wet with research as soon as possible, to expose you to research in other disciplines, and to give you an excuse to meet faculty other than your advisor, we have created a mini-project assignment. We ask that you complete three mini-projects by the end of the term.


These assignments were designed jointly by Nick Feamster and Alex Gray and have undergone several iterations over the years.