1. Be more than just a number here
Our department is very proactive in mentoring our students. Through classroom discussions, out-of-class meetings, departmental social events, phone calls, and e-mails, we work hard to help our students make the most of their education. We connect our students interested in particular fields with alumni working in those areas. Beginning in their first year, we inform and advise students on valuable enrichment opportunities, such as research programs, conferences, and study abroad.
2. Explore all the areas
Our faculty members have a wide range of expertise and interests. You will investigate a range of topics in pure and applied mathematics. Our faculty members have special interests in applied graph theory, computation theory, differential equations and mathematical modeling, mathematics education, number theory, and statistics.
3. Participate in academic year research
Our students have the chance to become involved in research both on and off campus. Several projects enable students to participate in and present their work at academic and professional conferences on campus and around the country.
Student research topics have included origami, Galois groups, computer chip layouts, DNA nanostructures, space robotics, HIV infection models, and professional soccer league possession analysis. Some of our students have been able to research, study, and present at such schools and venues as Brigham Young University, Mathematical Association of America meetings such as the summer MathFest, and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Our students and faculty have received grants and funding for their research from such organizations as: Vermont Consortium for Language and Academics, The Vermont Genetics Network, The Louisville Institute, Vermont EPSCoR, National Security Agency, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.
4. Present at HRUMC, a great regional undergraduate conference
Most of our majors participate in the annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (HRUMC).
This one-day conference celebrates undergraduate mathematics research with students and faculty from across the Northeast, and provides students with the experience of attending and presenting at a professional mathematics meeting. There are also exciting plenary talks by nationally renowned mathematicians, and career and graduate school panel discussions. This is a great opportunity to meet a wide range of other students also excited about mathematics. Each year, several of our students present their advanced work in mathematics, computer science, statistics, and more.
5. Take advantage of summer learning opportunities
Many of our students take part in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs over the summer. These opportunities enable our students to learn the fundamentals of mathematics research and to explore the many applications of math in the real world. Our students have recently participated in programs at Texas A&M, University of Georgia, George Washington University, Northern Arizona University, Claremont Colleges, and Princeton University/the Institute for Advanced Study.
6. Learn from presentations by visiting math experts
We host a variety of talks and lectures by distinguished guests and alumni as a part of our regular Colloquium Series. Some recent titles include: "Counting Self-Intersection Points of Loops on Surfaces," "Symmetry and the Monster: Mathematics as the Ultimate Complex System," "Graphs and Symmetry," "Differences in Global Mathematics Education," "Mathematics of Juggling", "Chaos and the Mathematics of Prediction," and "The Shape of Space."
Our Alumni Panels offer the chance for our math students to hear from and talk with math alumni who are using their degrees in different ways. Panelists share their career paths and/or graduate school experience, and give advice to students.
Saint Michael’s also co-hosts a joint Combinatorics Seminar Series with the University of Vermont that brings together academic and industry researchers to discuss the theory and applications of combinatorics.
7. Integrate mathematics with other majors and minors
Mathematics has been a cornerstone of the liberal arts for millennia and remains a critical field in the 21st century.Along with pursuing the math major at Saint Michael’s, you can choose to minor or double major in another field. Many of mathematics majors also take Saint Michael’s courses in education, economics, computer science, engineering, as well as the lab sciences.
8. Become a member of Pi Mu Epsilon
Saint Michael's is home to the Vermont Alpha Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (PME), the National Mathematics Honors Society. PME currently has over 340 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Math students who meet the requirements can be inducted into the society during their junior or senior year. We have regular events, such as an annual induction ceremony and reception, special speakers, and recognition at graduation.
9. Take seminars and special topics courses in mathematics
Our spring semester math seminar courses offer opportunities to study and present on compelling topics in the math field. Our two most recent seminars focused on environmental issues related to water and the mathematics of games. Our fall semester special topics courses provide the opportunity to study mathematical fields not considered in our normal course sequence. Future topics planned are topology, graph theory, and population dynamics.
10. Prepare for life after Saint Michael's
Our graduates excel in a range of professional fields including:
- Business, Finance, and Investment Banking
- Accounting and Tax Services
- Mathematics Education
- Actuarial Analysis
- Medical School
- Computer Science and Software Development
- Data and Statistical Analysis
- Operations and Administration
- Research and Development
- Careers in mathematics intensive fields such as bioinformatics and economics
Our alumni attend graduate school in mathematics, statistics, and other fields at places such as the University of Minnesota, Clarkson University, Colorado State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Maine, and the University of Vermont.