Student Opportunities

The Department prepares majors for industry, teaching, or for seeking an advanced degree in graduate studies. In addition to coursework, students can engage in a variety of activities outside the classroom to further their learning and education.  The student handbook for mathematics and statistics majors contains a plethora of information for majors. More opportunities are outlined below.

Help outside the classroom

In addition to office hours offered by course instructors, students can visit the Science and Math Learning Center during open hours for help in most lower-level mathematics courses.  If desired, students can also hire a mathematics tutor for individual help.  A list of mathematics tutors can be picked up from the math department office directly outside Roop 308.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

JMU has been chosen for a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site in mathematics. All qualified undergraduates are encouraged to apply for this eight-week program, in which students will work in groups of two under the supervision of their faculty mentor. More information and how to apply.

Honors Program and Senior Honors Project

All current students are eligible to apply for the honors program if the cumulative GPA is at least 3.25. For more information, contact the University Honors Program.

Students with a GPA of at least 3.25 may choose to satisfy 6 credits of their mathematics elective requirements by completing a Senior Honors Project (SHP). The SHP involves directed independent study with a faculty member and culminates in a written Honors thesis. Honors theses represent “substantial scholarship” and should not be undertaken lightly. Track I and II Honors students are required to complete an SHP. Other qualified students may elect to do so, which admits them to Track III of the Honors Program. More information on Honors Program options. Interested students should read the details specific to the SHP.

Problem of the Week

The Department offers a Problem of the Week during the fall and spring semesters.  All students regardless of their major are welcome to participate in the Problem of the Week.


The COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is an annual international contest for high school students and college undergraduates. There are two problems, Problem A (continuous) and Problem B (discrete), and teams of three students have from 8pm Thursday night until 8pm the following Monday to work on the problem of their choice. Typically, around 800 teams representing 250 institutions from eleven countries submit solution papers. JMU has had t .js" type="text/javascript"> eams entering the competition since 1990. In that time, we have had four Honorable Mention and four Meritorious awards. Our best ever result was achieved in 2001 when JMU was the only institution to have two teams each do a different problem and both be awarded Meritorious.  If you are interested in participating in COMAP, please contact Professor Caroline Lubert.

Undergraduate Research

In addition to the REU program, there are many opportunities for undergraduate research both over the summer and throughout the academic year. Graduate schools, employers, and educational organizations like to see undergradiate research experience on resumes.  Such an opportunity is a unique and enlightening experience, independent of your future career path. Interested students should speak to a Mathematics/Statistics faculty member about undergraduate research opportunities.

Graduate School, Internships, and Career Information

The JMU Career and Academic Planning office has information on employers, internships, job planning, resumes, interviewing, and more.  The following links contain career and graduate school information from various mathematical and statistical professional organizations: