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Mathematics


Peter Draznik discusses his research on underlying patterns in round-robin tournaments with his faculty advisor, Dr. Tom Bengtson.
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Augustana graduates in mathematics pursue careers in fields including statistics, operations research, actuarial, biological and physical sciences and teaching. All of Augustana secondary education majors in math have found high school teaching jobs after graduation.

Students can receive up to nine credits in mathematics internships. Besides internships, they gain hands-on experience in the field through summer research and student teaching.

Recent mathematics majors have completed internships at AVG Automation Corp, Deere & Company, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, Olympic Steel, and ii-A—a finance and insurance firm in Sydney, Australia.

What graduates do

Here's a sampling of what mathematics graduates do:

Samantha Tyner '12 majored in mathematics, economics and French; she now is enrolled in the Iowa State University Ph.D. program in statistics.

Adam DeSimone '12 majored in economics and mathematics, and now is enrolled in the economics Ph.D. program at Michigan State University. Adam’s decision to be a math major surprised him, but he “took a couple of math classes as a freshman and just never stopped.”

Melissa Dalen '11 majored in mathematics and a teaching mathematics. Today she is a math teacher at Delavan Junior/Senior High School in Delavan, Ill.

Daniel Tsui '61 majored in mathematics. In 1998, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics. He is an Emeritus Senior Scholar at Princeton University.

Augustana offers a major and minor in mathematics, a mathematics teaching major, and a major in applied mathematics. Popular second majors or minors include computer science, chemistry, physics or music.

Courses are sequenced according to students’ individual progress. Classes begin with solving well formulated problems; then work toward building examples and techniques; and advance to problems, models, structures and abstractions.

Students of actuarial science take a two-course sequence that covers all material found on the first actuarial exam.

Facts & distinctions

The five full-time mathematics faculty all hold the Ph.D. The department holds the endowed Earl H. Beling Chair in Mathematics.

The Beling Scholar program funds students’ independent study or research projects in computer science or mathematics.

Every year, mathematics students and faculty travel to professional meetings such as the section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and MathFest, the annual summer meeting of MAA.

Augustana has had a chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, since 1979. The college also has a mathematics and computer science club, which started as the mathematics club in 1952.

The Math Student Resource Room (a.k.a. Ratiocination or “Rat” Room) in the Olin Center for Educational Technology is a walk-in help center staffed by experienced mathematics student tutors.

Marty Resner '14, student math teacher at Bettendorf (Iowa) High

"The math classes I took helped me in several ways to be a teacher. During the higher level classes I learned what it was like to be one of those struggling students so it gave a perspective as a student I never really faced. The higher level classes helped me see and learn why we do some of the things we do in math and how they all relate. This helps me have a better grasp, understanding, and appreciation for the math that I teach in the high school."

Peter Draznik ’14, mathematics and physics majors

“This summer (2013), I’m studying the topic of tournaments in graph theory. My research is looking into underlying patterns of round-robin tournaments and developing methods to count the many types of tournaments. It is always difficult to tell where a project will lead, but if any of my work gets published, I will be very contented."

Mary O’Malley ’11, mathematics and secondary education majors

“Hands-down, my math and education professors helped me to get where I am today. Because Augustana is a small liberal arts school I was fortunate enough to work with the same faculty throughout my four years here; not only was I able to form relationships with them, but they were able to help steer me on the path that I needed to be on.”

Hoffmann '15 wins Fifty for the Future award

Augustana senior Mark Hoffmann has been selected as a winner of the Fifty for the Future award by the Illinois Technology Foundation. He is a native of Lansing, Ill., majoring in pre-medicine and engineering physics and minoring in mathematics and computer science. Fifty for the Future encourages education and industry to support students who aspire to achievement in technology.

Mary Liles '15: many interests

"! had the opportunity to present my mathematics inquiry project at the ISMA annual meeting at Roosevelt University in Chicago in 2013. Taking ownership for my work in a professional setting among veteran mathematicians was both invigorating and humbling."

Mark Hoffmann '15: finding my passions

Mark Hoffmann '15: "My professors were always willing to put in the extra time to help with things I needed. They weren't just interested in me taking their class. They were interested in helping me find my passions as well."

Jessica Launius'15: finding my passions

Jessica Launius'15: "I was surprised by my ability to adapt to new situations. College itself is a huge adjustment, but I've been constantly adapting during my time here. From student teaching to being co-director of Camp Kesem to living on my own, I've been surprised at my ability to achieve as much as I have.

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Andy Shearouse '15: expanded focus

"I interned in the EDGE Center during the summer before my freshman year and already knew that I wanted to take a leadership position in the center. Yet my focus has changed as I shifted to studying computer science and marketing, which are majors that were not on my radar my freshman year."
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