10 March 2009

Oral exams

I am finding the database of (oral) general exams taken by Princeton math grad students quite amusing, especially since there seems to be a tradition of pointing out the silly things done by one's committee. (I found it by a Google search while looking for information on one of the people listed there.)

Compare the UPenn archive, which I find terrifying, not because it's any different, but because I know a lot of the people involved. (The astute among you will note that my oral exams are not on the UPenn archive. This is because by the time I had recovered sufficiently to write them up, I forgot what I had been asked.)

3 comments:

Jonathan Kariv said...

Nice one Michael. The comments there are great.

Jack said...

Are there any other pages like this, from other universities, that you know of? I found these fascinating.

JSE said...

As fun as this is for you, it's even more fun for me, since I gave a bunch of these exams and get to read about what I asked!