Advice for Probability Graduate Students

Attend Seminars

UR Seminar Calendar
Please check the calendar at your own university.

Go to Conferences

Columbia’s list of probability events (not just at Columbia)

April 3 - June 16, 2017
Trimester in Probability at Lyon, including:
June 6 - 9, Conference on Statistical Mechanics, Random Planar Geormetry, and Interacting Random Walks
April 3 - July 7, 2017
Stochastic Dynamics Out of Equilibrium
IHP, Paris
May 31 - June 2, 2017
Thera Stochastics, in honor of Ioannis Karatzas
Santorini, Greece
June 5 - 30, 2017
PIMS-CRM Summer School in Probability
June 8 - 9, 2017
Fractional Brownian Motion and Rough Models
Deadline for paper submission: February 28, 2017
June 12 - 16, 2017
Phase transitions in randomized computational problems
AIM, San Jose, CA
June 13 - 15, 2017
Interacting Systems and SPDEs
June 19-23, 2017
Dynamics, Aging and Universality in Complex Systems, in honor of Gérard Ben Arous’ 60th birthday
Courant Institiute, New York
June 25 - July 15, 2017
Session on Random Matrices
Park City, Utah
July 3 - 7, 2017
International Workshop on BSDEs, SPDEs and their Applications
July 24 - 28, 2017
SPA 2017
August 28 - September 1, 2017
Summer School on Dyson-Schwinger equations, topological expansions, and random matrices
October 12 - 14, 2017
Midwest Probability Colloquium
October 16 - 19, 2017
Fields Medal Symposium on the work of Martin Hairer
Fields Institute, Toronto
October 22 - 27, 2017
Stochastic Analysis and its Applications
BIRS, Banff, Canada
November 16 - 17, 2017
Northeast Probability Seminar
December 18 - 22, 2017
Workshop on Stochastic Analysis and Random Fields
Second Haifa Probability School
April 20 - 21, 2018
Finger Lakes Probability Seminar
Rochester, NY
May 10 - 12, 2018
(with Tutorial on May 9)
Seminar on Stochastic Processes

General Advice

Opinions and Philosophy

Life in General


Avoiding Self-Delusion

Use Online Resources

The Best Site – check it daily!
ArXive Probability Preprints
Download Articles
These two sites allow you to download articles from the literature, provided they are older than a year or two (so the journals can still make money).
Project Euclid
Electronic Journals
Electronic Journal of Probability
Probability Surveys
Latin American J. of Prob. and Math. Stat.
Other Sources of Articles
Besides looking at the ArXive regularly, you can go to the web pages of your favorite probabilists or other mathematicians and look at their papers. Depending on your choice, the quality could be very high.

Attend Programs at Institutes

There are many mathematical research institutes worldwide. Some are conference centers or simply departments by another name, but most run semester-long periods of concentration in specific areas. They often give support to young researchers and graduate students.

The Fields Institute also has a List of Institutes.

Special Pages

Online Books

The following archives have huge numbers of wonderful math books and papers. Their status is uncertain; use them at your own discretion.