Get Involved!

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

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!

Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Our Undergraduate Mathematics 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 mathematics 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.

Undergraduate Mathematics Journal

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


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

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.

Sonia Math day for Girls

Women have been historically underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, and we want to help change that. Each year, Rose professors and math majors invite high school girls to campus to participate in engaging and interactive sessions, which pay tribute to Sonia Kovalevsky – a pioneer for female mathematicians. 


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). Beginning in the summer of 2020, we will host our own REU program! 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 Defense.

Majors & Minors

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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

As a mathematics 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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Bachelor of Science in Biomathematics

Our biomathematics major blends mathematics, 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. 

Computational Science Second Major

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

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.
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Department of Mathematics
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
FL116, Moench Hall
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