About the Rose Mathematics Department
The Rose Mathematics Department is dedicated to providing an excellent
educational environment for its students and providing an engaging mathematical
environment for faculty and students. Thus we provide:
- a strong
program in foundational mathematics for all Rose-Hulman
students in calculus, differential equations and probability/statistics,
- a rich upper division program for majors, double majors and minors providing
preparation for careers in business, industry and goverment (BIG) or graduate school,
- active programs of faculty and undergraduate research including senior thesis/project, summer undergraduate research programs, seminars,
conferences, and a journal for undergraduate mathematics, and
- an active program of mathematics competitions.
These are all supported by:
- excellent facilities supporting classroom teaching, and
- computational facilities to support teaching and research.
You may learn about our teaching program by checking out our programs and courses throughout this site. The facilities supporting this are described on our facilities and computing page.
The rest of this page describes
some of the features of the Rose-Hulman Mathematics Department which we
think makes it strong.
Advanced Placement and Fast Track Calculus
Rose-Hulman has an aggressive program of advanced placement through national
recognized advanced placement courses and exams, college transfer credit,
our Fast Track Calculus program. Indeed almost fifty percent of incoming
freshmen get advanced placement credit for at least one calculus course,
and about twenty five percent get credit for two or more. Each year ten
percent or more of freshman get credit for an entire year of mathematics
(3 courses) by taking advantage of our Fast Track Calculus program. With
so many students with advanced placement we are able to offer all our first
two years of math courses in every quarter, allowing students start at the
right level of math and continue with their math studies uninterrupted
until all requirements are completed. The AP credit so gained allows a student
to get a greater educational value by taking a greater variety of advanced
courses, taking a double major or minor, or participating in an academic
year internship or study abroad, and still graduate on time. For more details
on these programs see our AP
web page or the Fast
Track Calculus website.
All members of the department carry out research/scholarship and other
service activities that improve the "mathematical atmosphere" at
Rose-Hulman and beyond. The research interests and activities are summarized
on our faculty interest and expertise page.
Of particular note is our seminar. The Rose-Hulman
Mathematics Seminar meets on a regular basis throughout the year, with Rose faculty, students and
faculty from other institutions. Topics can vary from week to week. Anyone
-- student or faculty -- is encouraged to give a talk or series of talks on
any topic of interest. The seminar is quite informal. We're especially happy
to have students attend or better yet, give talks!
To help encourage this a student may enroll in a one hour a week seminar course
in which they attend and report on 9 talks and make one presentation to the
department on mathematical work.
Supporting Undergraduate Mathematics
Rose-Hulman is very actively involved in undergraduate mathematics
research both with Rose-Hulman students and beyond, because
in the end we believe it provides a richer educational environment for our
students and faculty. We encourage our students to present their work
in the Rose-Hulman
Mathematics Seminar and at
conferences. In addition to encouraging students to
engage in research and present their work in the seminar and at conferences,
we have three formal outreach activities that help us create this environment.
Let us describe them.
Rose-Hulman Conference on Undergraduate Mathematics: The
goal of this conference is to spotlight and celebrate the accomplishments and
work of undergraduate mathematicians. We typically invite 3 talks from professional
mathematicians, but all other talks are contributed by undergraduate students
on mathematical topics. Appropriate material for contributed talks runs the
gamut from challenging class projects to expository talks on interesting mathematical
topics to work done with a faculty member or research done in an REU. The conference
is put on every spring, for further details see the conference web page.
Rose-Hulman NSF-REU site: Our NSF-REU
which is part of the system of NSF-REU sites, has been in operation for 15
years and has given over 100 students of high national caliber a chance to
engage in formal research in a focused and supportive manner. It has been
very helpful for the Rose faculty member participants in their research programs
and has a positive impact on what we do in our upper division mathematics
Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal: The journal
is our latest effort in the realm of supporting undergraduate research.
The journal is devoted entirely to papers written by undergraduates on topics
related to mathematics. In order to maintain a high level of exposition,
each paper must be sponsored by a mathematician familiar with the student's
work and each paper is refereed. The journal is distributed freely in
an electronic format (PDF) from the journal's web
Student Mathematics Activities
Mathematics Competitions: Our students show a great deal
of interest in collegiate level mathematics competitions a passion which
is shared by a large number of our department faculty. The
department sponsors and encourages student participation in a large number
of these mathematics
competitions. Rose students have always
faired well in these competitions and it is very gratifying to see 20-40
students participate in these activities each year, even though many of them
are not math majors. The department has a one hour a week
problem solving seminar for students interested in competition style problem
For additional information see our competitions
Student Clubs: There are several student clubs on campus
that either have a mathematical focus or have served as avenues for applying
the mathematical and science skills. Pi Mu Epsilon is an honorary
mathematics fraternity on campus with well over 30 members. The
club is an active participant in many of the Mathematics department
functions such as the Alfred R. Schmidt Freshman Competition, the
Rose-Hulman High School Mathematics Contest, and the Undergraduate
Mathematics Conference. It also participates in department activities.
Many students attend the Rose