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.
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.
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.
JMU was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to establish undergraduate research teams involving mathematics/statistics students along with biology students. These research teams will work together with faculty mentors from both mathematics and biology on long-term research activities that includes an eight-week summer research program. Applications for 2010-2011 are due April 7, 2010. More information.
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.
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.
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.
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: