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You've got a lot of ways to stay busy outside of class, including our Math Club, Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society, and the Actuarial Club!

You can also volunteer to help the department run our annual High School Mathematics Competition, MATHCOUNTS, or get involved with our Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Check out all of our competitions!

Sonia Kovalesky

Making Girls Part of the Equation

Women have been historically underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, and we want to help change that. Our first annual Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for Girls will include activities on graph theory, cryptography, and more, as well as a discussion on careers and opportunities for women in mathematics--and pizza! If you are a high school girl with an interest in mathematics, this event is for you. All are welcome, no matter your mathematical background, but registration is limited to 20, so don't wait! 

Sonia Math Day for Girls
Operation: Glass Ceiling
February 10, 2018
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Crapo Hall 
9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Sessions include: 

  • Catch Me If You Can - Graph Theory with Dr. Riehl
  • For Your Eyes Only - Cryptography with Dr. All
  • Discussion About Women in Math
  • Lunch, Games & Puzzles
  • The Clue Project - Logic with Dr. Carlisle
  • Museum Security Sweeps - Graph Theory with Dr. Weyand
  • Outwitting Frank the Forger - Cryptography with Dr. Holden

Questions? Contact Lee Trent.

Undergraduate Math Conference

Our Undergraduate Math Conference spotlights the accomplishments of undergraduate mathematicians. The conference usually includes three speakers who are professional mathematicians and features talks by undergraduates. There are presentations on a variety of math subjects and a panel discussion about careers and grad school options. Our conference has been running for more than 30 years and typically attracts about 140 attendees from surrounding states.

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Undergraduate Mathematics Journal

The Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal started in 2000 and has been publishing two issues each year since. The articles are original research by undergraduate students from around the world. The journal is a great opportunity to get some experience in the world of published academic work. 

Students solving problems as part of a math competition.


You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved in local and national math competitions. We participate in several annual events, including the Alfred R. Schmidt Freshman Mathematics Competition, the Virginia Tech Regional Competition, the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the Indiana College Mathematics Competition, and more. We also like to help mentor K-12 students who share our love for math. We conduct the Rose-Hulman High School Math Contest, the MATHCOUNTS program for middle schoolers of our area, and get involved in lots of other events.

Our dedicated faculty love helping young people, and Rose-Hulman will give you many opportunities to improve your skills and also help younger scholars as they delve deeper into the exciting world of mathematics. 

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Accelerated Programs

Fast Track Calculus is an intensive five-week course intended for outstanding students who have had one year of calculus in high school. In these five weeks, we’ll cover differential and integral calculus, all of multivariable calculus, and become familiar with the computer implementation of mathematics. Successful completion of Fast Track Calculus means that the normal 15 hours of freshman calculus is complete. You’ll receive 15 hours of academic credit and can enter sophomore-level mathematics courses as a freshman. In other words, you get credit for Calculus I, II, and III in just five weeks and before you start your freshman year!

All Fast Track participants must live on campus for the five-week program. Housing and meals are included in your fee, which was $3,940 in 2016. The only additional fees would be for incidental expenses. Financial aid is not available for Fast Track.

The Accelerated Math Physics program will advance your academic career in both mathematics and physics. That means you’ll be ahead of the game, and able to start some sophomore courses at the beginning of freshman year, expanding your options during your time at Rose-Hulman. .


Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

- Albert Einstein

Recent Research

As a math major, you'll need to complete a senior capstone experience, which is usually in the form of a thesis. This three-course sequence gives you the opportunity to do mathematical research aided by a member of the faculty. Here are some recent examples:

  • Variance of Stochastic Clusterings
  • Statistical Analysis of Mappings of the Discrete Logarithm
  • Modeling AC Faraday Rotation in Alkali Halide Crystals
  • General Investigations of Rook Polynomials
  • An Investigation of Minimal Surfaces in SO(3)
  • Preventing Decreasing Subsequences in Stack Sorting Outputs
  • Planar Partitions of Particular Forms
  • Image Processing using Generative Adversarial Networks
  • Statistical Analysis of Super Bowl Contenders using Logistic Regression
  • Algorithmic Factorization of Polynomials over Number Fields
  • Application of Principal Component Analysis and Linear Discriminant Analysis on Consulting Survey Data

Summer Opportunities -- Many math majors take advantage of various summer math opportunities. Some receive financial support from Rose-Hulman to work on a research project with a professor, while others participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) at other schools. Also, some of our students have done internships at various companies, participated in the Director's Summer Program at the NSA, or worked for the Department of Defence.

Majors & Minors

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Mathematics Major

As a math major, you’ll get a broad education in both theoretical and applied mathematics. You’ll also gain the scientific knowledge and the problem-solving, computing, and communication skills critical to a successful career. 

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Our Biomath major blends math, biology, and computer science. It's truly a major designed for the complex analysis at the heart of today's most exciting advances in biological and medical science. 

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Computational Science Second Major

This second major is a great way to expand your math skills and apply them to real-world problems.

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David Rader

Dr. Rader joined Rose-Hulman in 1997 and earned the rank of full professor in 2011. He often teaches upper-level courses in probability, statistics, and operations research, and has authored or co-authored several journal articles, conference presentations and the textbook, Deterministic Operations Research: Models and Methods in Linear Optimization (2010). He has also contributed to the success of the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal, where he has served as editor and assistant editor.