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This 70,000 square-foot facility opening for Fall 2013 will house enhanced teaching & lab spaces, research & outreach facilities, and state-of-the-art collaboration areas for students.
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Our students gain real world experience that equips them with the skill sets they need to land world class careers. Below are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you as a future math student.
A great way for mathematics majors to gain real world experience is to complete a summer research project with a mathematics faculty member. Projects typically last eight weeks beginning in late May and students are paid a competitive stipend for their efforts. SFU freshmen and sophomore mathematics majors are especially encouraged to apply as a way to prepare for eventual internships or more advanced mathematics research endeavors. A sample of present research areasinclude:
Research projects enhance your portfolios, written and oralcommunication skills and provides opportunities for careernetworking as well as provides rich unique experiences. SFUfreshmen and sophomore mathematics majors are especially encouragedto apply as a way to prepare for eventual internships or moreadvanced mathematics research endeavors. Both collaborativeresearch projects with other disciplines and research topics inmathematics are available.
Laura, Julie, and Brittany, along with their research mentor,Dr. Brendon LaBuz, presenting their summer research results ata recent Summer Research Symposium.
A four - year fellowship of $2,000 per year is awarded annually up to ten incoming students per year majoring in Mathematics. Prospective Fellows must have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5, a SAT (critical reading and math) score of at least 1100 or ACT of at least 24, and a letter of recommendation. Additionally the Fellowship requires the student to remain as a Mathematics major, maintain good academic standing (3.0 QPA) and participate in either an internship, undergraduate research project, or a study abroad experience prior to graduating. Mathematics Fellows are required participate in outreach, tutorial or service activities. To apply, complete the Mathematics Department Fellowship online application.
No doubt you have big goals. We love students who reach higher in life that is why we've established a slate of awards geared to high achieving mathematics majors.
The Mathematics department conducts Undergraduate Summer Research over the course of the summer under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students, who are selected to participate, receive compensation for their summer research. A number of research topics are possible ranging from applied real world problems to theoretical questions.
Students may receive a monetary travel award to help defray the cost of presenting at regional or national conferences. Students present their summer undergraduate research results, seminar research projects and independent study projects at both on and off campus events.
This funded award is presented to a rising sophomore or junior mathematics student who has demonstrated outstanding service and attitude toward mathematics and the campus community. It is presented in memory of Mr. James Lieb, a former Saint Francis University Mathematics faculty member.
This award is presented during the School of Sciences award ceremony. It is awarded to the highest achieving senior in the department based upon academic excellence and service to the department.
The Mathematics Department sponsors a monthly problem solving competition for SFU students. Students participating have an opportunity to win a cash award and represent Saint Francis University at a national problem solving competition.
Pi Day gives the mathematics students the opportunity to excel at service sharing sweet treats, socializing, and spreading a little mathematics education to the entire campus community. Pi Day is March 14 which represents the popular and irrational mathematical constant 3.14.
You may want to join an honor societies such as Kappa Mu Epsilon, a specialized honor society in Mathematics. KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among students. Its chapters are located in universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The Pennsylvania Mu chapter at Saint Francis University was founded in 1979.
Matlab integrated in the curriculum: Matlab is a high-level Industry Standard language and interactive environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and FORTRAN. Matlab is used extensively in Calculus and Applied math coursework.
The MECS club at Saint Francis University is made up of mathematics, engineering, and computer science majors. Their mission is to advance student learning experiences through speakers, community service projects and field visits to industrial sites, graduate schools and conferences. The MECS Club is also highly active in tutoring students on campus.
As a student you may participate in professional activities including attending and presenting in professional conferences as you learn new things and are ready to share your research. There are also internship opportunities such technology research organizations such as SFU's Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA).
This state of the art facility slated for completion in Fall 2013 has unique space dedicated for Mathematics Majors. A dedicated student zone is being created for mathematics students to relax and learn in. Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. This space provides a rich relaxed climate for mathematics students to share ideas, discuss research and just hang out. The programming classroom with dual monitors and Mac Mini Parallel technologies and thin client technologies will provide a unique environment for Applied and Actuarial Mathematics majors to carry out advanced modeling and research activities.
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