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STUDENT GROUPS & OPPORTUNITIES

AWM 

We are organizing a variety of events aimed at everyone on campus: Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff. Our monthly socials and lunch discussions bring people together. We organize workshops on different topics to make knowledge accessible. Through the speaker series, we bring mathematicians from all over the US to the department to share their experience. Thanks to the RTG, we have expanded this series and started a bi-yearly conference aimed at advanced undergraduate students and early graduate students. To support our own undergraduate students, we created a mentoring program. Through our outreach program, we connect with the surrounding schools.

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Directed Reading Program (DRP)

The directed reading program matches undergraduate students with graduate mentors to undertake independent reading projects throughout each semester. These projects will consist of reading a text and meeting with your mentor at least once a week for the duration of a semester or summer. Each project will culminate in a short public presentation on the work done.

The goal of the program is to give undergraduates an opportunity to study a topic in more detail and with more individual attention than is possible in a classroom setting, to give undergraduates experience explaining mathematical concepts in conversations and presentations, and to increase interaction between undergraduates and graduate students in the math department.

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

The Department of Mathematics research experiences allow students to better understand published works, learn to collaborate, explore new interests, develop independent critical thinking skills with oral/written communitcation skills, discover their passion for research and conitinue on to graduate studies. Below are opportunities to engage in research.

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USAC 

Student Advisory Committees (SACs) are student groups established within each department to promote communication and interaction among students, faculty, staff, and administrators. They provide students with more opportunities to offer their voices and perspectives at the departmental level. SACs are both a social and an academic organization within their department and as such they advance involvement opportunities, encourage participation in departmental activities, and work together with others to build the campus community.
 

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society whose purpose is the promotion of scholarly activity in mathematics among students in academic institutions. It was founded in 1914 at Syracuse University. The local organizations of Pi Mu Epsilon are the Chapters. The Utah Alpha Chapter was first established in 1960 and was revitalized in 1997. For more information, visit the National Pi Mu Epsilon website.

oSTEM

 

We envision a world where LGBTQ people in the STEM community are empowered to achieve success in a safe and supportive environment that celebrates their diversity and unique contributions.

oSTEM empowers LGBTQ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy.

SIAM

The SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) chapter at the University of Utah aims to unite students in all fields interested in applied mathematics. We have several social and academic events which foster interaction between students of varying disciplines and with professionals in industry. 

Undergraduate Problem Solving Contest

TBA

 Turn solutions in to the tutor at the desk in the T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Tutoring Center on or before the due date.

 

Rules

  • You must be an undergraduate enrolled in coursework at the University of Utah (students in the HSUP program are also eligible).
  • You must work independently.
  • Write your solutions clearly and show all of your work.
  • If there is more than one sheet, staple the pages together. Include your name, student ID number, and email address.
  • Bring your solution to the T. Benny Rushing Tutoring Center by the deadline and have the tutor at the desk mark the date and time on your solution. Drop it in the box provided (behind the tutoring desk).
  • A winner will be decided on the basis of the best solution submitted. If no best solution can be determined (i.e. there exist relatively identical solutions), the winner will be the student who submitted the first best solution.
  • Each submission will be given 3 points for a fully correct solution and 1 point for a partially correct solution. The winner of each problem will get a bonus of e points.

This is not exactly a rule as it is unenforceable, but do not try to find the solution to a problem by looking it up in a book or by searching online. That goes against the spirit of the contest.

Results 2018 - 2019

 

Rank

Name

Pr. 1

Pr. 2

Pr. 3

Pr. 4

Pr. 5

Total

1

McKay Jensen

3+e 

 3+e

 3

 1

3+e 

 13+3e

2

Thomas White

1

 3

3+e 

 13+e

3

Dylan Johnson 

 3

3+e 

12+e 

4

Dane Lacey

3

 3

 3

 

John Ludlum 

 3

 3

 -

 

Kira Parker 

3

 3

 -

5

Jonah Garner

-

-

3

 3

 

Jay Patel

-

-

-

3

Jack Garzella

3

 -

 

Calvin Lee

-

3

7

Michael Keyser

 -

 

Old Problems 

 

 

 Past Champions

  • 2017-2018: Charlotte Blake
  • 2016-2017: Matteo Sogne
  • 2015-2016: Oliver Richardson
  • 2014-2015: Scott Neville
  • 2013-2014: Aric Parkinson
  • 2012-2013: Boya Li
  • 2011-2012: Brandon Gibson
  • 2010-2011: Matthew Stanford
  • 2009-2010: Qiushi Wang
  • 2008-2009: Jason Underdown
  • 2007-2008: Eric Griego
  • 2006-2007: Carlos Gamez
  • 2005-2006: Carlos Gamez
  • 2004-2005: Aaron Wood
  • 2003-2004: John Day
  • 2001-2002: Wei-Shou Hsu

  

UNDERGRADUATE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 The Department of Mathematics offers a number of opportunities for undergraduate students to work on campus, get involved in the department, and further develop their mathematical skills and network. For questions about undergraduate employment, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Services, ugrad_services@math.utah.edu.

MATH CENTER: TUTORS, GRADERS, AND LAB ASSISTANTS

Applications for tutor, grader, and computer lab assistant, and recommendation forms for these positions, are available on the links below.  You may submit an application at any time, though hiring generally occurs at the beginning of fall semester. Please send your application to the Director of Undergraduate Services, ugrad_services@math.utah.edu. Please inform professors and instructors that recommondation forms may be submitted to the same offices.

  • To be considered for a tutoring position, one should have completed the Calculus series and taken at least one math class beyond Calculus.
  • To be considered for a computer lab assistant position, one should have a good working knowledge of UNIX and be familiar with the software frequently used by students in the lab, as well as a good math background.
  • To be considered for a grading position, it is best if one has completed at least the Calculus series.

APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

RECOMMENDATION FORM

LEARNING ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduates who facilitate small-group interaction in our large-enrollment courses. Questions? Please reach out to la@csme.utah.edu


Responsibilities

LAs help transform large-enrollment courses by creating environments in which students can interact with one another, engage in collaborative problem solving, articulate and defend their ideas, and explicitly discuss the nature of mathematics.   

LAs must have room in their schedule to lead their assigned lab sections (at least two), attend the associated class lectures, and enroll in a SCI-5050, (The Science of Learning), course. Additional hours may be spent doing prep work for the lab, holding office hours and attending team meetings with the course instructor.  

Supported Mathematics Courses 

  • MATH 1010 (Intermediate Algebra) 
  • MATH 1210 (Calculus I) 

LA Application Materials

To access the LA application, please click the link below:

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Last Updated: 9/28/20