School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Department of Math and Computer Science Activities
The department runs a colloquium series we call Smalltalk. If features 30-minute talks from students and faculty on interesting math and computer science topics. Here are our Fall 2015 talks:
Why Do We Still Use Cobol?
Autonomous Humanoid Robots
The Internet of Things
Recursion, Fractals, and Koch's Snowflake
An Introduction to Digital Modeling
How Spear Phishing is Used to Hack into Technological Devices
Computer Simulations: How Virtual Programs Can Explain the Real World
Interning in Web Development
Ciphers and Substitution
Each year, we bring in subject-matter expert speakers to give presentations to students about a variety of math and computer science topics. Recent topics have included The Jacobian Conjecture, Dijkstra’s Elegant Note, and Introduction to Cyber Security from Research to Application.
We have student chapters of the MAA (Mathematical Association of America), the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), and the AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics). In past years the clubs have run candy-counting contests, a pie-in-your-face contest for Pi Day, and video game competitions. Students in these clubs sometimes attend math and computer science conferences as well.
In Math we have the Pi Mu Epsilon honor society. It was founded in 1914 and has close to 400 chapters nationwide. In Computer Science we have the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society. Students who have taken enough courses and have a strong GPA are invited to join.
Mount Math Madness Problem of the Week
The COMAP competition is the world’s largest math modeling competition, with thousands of teams from around the world participating. The department usually fields a couple of teams each year. Historically, our students have done well in the competition with several Meritorious and Outstanding Winner designations.
Students in the department have an opportunity to work as tutors for classes they have done well in. The department also has a course mentor program, where mentors run help sessions or serve as lab mentors.
The department hosts a number of other activities including a programming competition, alumni career panels and presentations, and a department picnic.