Review Comment

Junior/Senior Seminar

January 27, 2012

Wiggins, Chris Silver_nugget
Junior/Senior Seminar

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Wiggins is a man of two faces. In class he had a dry humor, could put together a lecture at the last minute (if a presenter, say, didn't show), and was often helpful in guiding senior presentations in class-- either by correcting a student's incorrect equation or keeping a student focused on the subject matter. But behind the scenes he was often condescending, unprofessional, and unhelpful. He would forget your name within minutes of meeting you (in seminars, you expect a little personal attention), would respond to emails sarcastically, and generally just wouldn't give you the time of day. Brilliant guy, for sure, but not nugget-worthy.

Workload:

One 50-min presentation

May 30, 2005

Wiggins, Chris Silver_nugget
Junior/Senior Seminar

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Chris is a great professor for this seminar. He clearly knows almost every topic inside and out, and he can produce on-the-spot and in-depth examples to illustrate points. He gets a bit technical sometimes, but if you're majoring or minoring in Applied Math, you should be used to it.
The presenters and topics vary greatly in interest and public speaking ability, but most are worth hearing, and Chris does a really good job of tying everything together. He's extremely friendly and approachable, and won't hesitate to give you extended feedback, extra explanation, or any other kind of pointers if you ask him for them. You get out of the class what you put into it; everything won't appeal to you, but the broad exposure to careers and research is invaluable.

Workload:

Junior Seminar: response paper at the end of the semester
Senior Seminar: presentation, research proposal. Work varies by semester.

April 15, 2005

Wiggins, Chris Silver_nugget
Junior/Senior Seminar

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I am graduating this year and have had Prof. Wiggins for multiple semesters of seminar and have found him to be extremely intelligent, helpful, and approachable individual - he gives great advice not only for math, but also for advice on research, classes, and jobs.

The class is an opportunity to learn a great deal about a variety of mathematical techniques as well as to be exposed to a multitude of career options with a background in applied mathematics e.g. ibanking, consulting, trading, grad school, research.

Prof. Wiggins makes sure that everyone is involved in the lectures and presentations and does not leave anyone behind. He's on a first name basis with all students - and is always polite, friendly, and super respectful with everybody.

I learned a lot math in the class, but more importantly, seminar was a terrific opportunity for me to decide on my next step with an education in applied mathematics.

November 28, 2004

Wiggins, Chris Silver_nugget
Junior/Senior Seminar

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

As a junior, nothing is required of you. It is a one-point pass/fail class. Attendance is not taken regularly, maybe Chris recognizes some people, but I don't think he knows every junior's name.

Sometimes the class has an interesting speaker, but the student speakers are often uninteresting or poorly prepared.

Workload:

Show up for an hour a week.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section