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Research and Special Programs

Student Activities and Organizations

Math Tea

Join the Department of Mathematics in Math Tea each week as we play games, solve puzzles, watch movies and have fun.

Least Squares Math Club

This SGA-supported organization is intended for any Hood student who is interested in mathematics — at any level. We meet to hear guest speakers, participate in community service projects, and have fun! We take field trips to the Maryland Science Center, the National Cryptologic Museum, the Smithsonian and other nearby places of interest. Least Squares members have designed and sold math T-shirts and sponsored bake sales and carwashes to earn money to send students to conferences. Math Club members have attended national mathematics conferences in Phoenix, San Diego and Boulder, as well as regional conferences nearby.

Student Chapter of AWM

Hood has a local chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging women and girls in the mathematical sciences. Student AWM chapter members often help with the department's Sonia Kovalevsky Day for local high school girls. Each year we send several Hood students to the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, where they meet other young women from around the country and hear talks by well-known female mathematicians. For more information about any of the activities of the AWM student chapter, contact faculty adviser Van Nguyen , in the mathematics department.

Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America

Some members of the math club also choose to join Hood’s student chapter of the MAA. They can subscribe to journals and buy books at greatly reduced rates; dues start at $30. Student speakers who are members of the chapter may apply for travel grants to MathFest, the annual summer meeting of the MAA. For more information, contact faculty adviser Sara Malec in the math department.

Pi Mu Epsilon Honorary Mathematics Society

Students who take at least one year of calculus and who have outstanding grade-point averages in mathematics and in their general coursework may be elected to Pi Mu Epsilon. The Hood chapter of PME sponsors an annual mathematics lecture by a well-known mathematician. PME also awards travel grants to students presenting talks at MathFest.

Student Research

Undergraduate students may work with mathematics faculty to conduct research in several different ways:

Independent Study

An independent study project is designed by a student and approved by a faculty adviser with whom the student will work closely during the semester. It includes directed readings; conferences with a supervising instructor; and papers, reports and/or exams.

Some recent independent study projects:
Logic and set theory
Introduction to hypergraphs

Departmental Honors Paper

The Departmental Honors Paper is a yearlong program designed for seniors who wish to pursue intensive research or special projects in close coordination with faculty advisers.

Recent honors papers:
Ramsey Theory and the Generalized Schur Numbers of the Form S (3, k, l)
Conditional Colorings of Graphs.

Summer Research Institute

Teams of faculty and students may apply for competitive summer research grants from the College. Students spend eight weeks on campus and work with Hood faculty on a project; they receive a stipend and free lodging for the period.

Recent SRI Projects:
Gerbert: The Mathematician who Sold his Soul to the Devil
Computer Models for Historic Approximations to Pi
Women and Mathematics in the Time of Euler