Mathematics Department Learning Opportunities

The MSUM Department of Economics, Law & Politics takes great pride in the research opportunities offered to students. Our majors present at the university’s Student Academic Conference and compete at the national level in both research presented to national audiences and research published in peer-reviewed undergraduate journals. In addition, nearly one-third of our graduating seniors—10 to 15 students each year—go to graduate school, often being accepted to Big 10 universities with a high level of graduate funding.

The Actuarial Science Club at MSUM provides you with the foundation you need to pursue a profession in the field—especially if you’re seeking an actuarial career.

MSUM's Field Experience is committed to providing exceptional early and ongoing field experiences in education for teacher candidates. We collaborate with school partners in planning, implementing, and assessing each experience. Teacher candidates will have opportunities for a wide array of experiences by the time they have completed their education programs.

Is there an area of math or computer science you’d enjoy investigating in depth? You can pursue credits outside of the classroom for individual study, projects or research. Talk with your professor to discuss the possibility of independent study.

While internships aren’t required as part of this degree, they’re a great way to gain hands-on experience and get a feel for what you could do after graduation. The Fargo-Moorhead community is home to dozens of businesses that can utilize your skills to advance both the company and your real-world education.

As part of Math Club, you’ll discover just how much fun math can be. Math Club provides a social venue for you to discuss, learn and teach math at biweekly meetings, social gatherings and community activities. You’ll also hear from guest speakers, including professors who discuss their research interests and alumni working in the industry, teaching or attending graduate school.

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Mathematical Association of America
This team contest, organized by the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America, involves teams of mathematicians working to solve complex problems.

Putnam Competition
This annual math competition for undergraduate students consists of individuals solving 12 complex mathematical problems in two three-hour sittings.

Explore new mathematics concepts and ideas from industry professionals at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference. Each year, professors take students to this conference as a resource for improving skills in mathematics instruction.

The Pi Mu Epsilon conference for undergraduate mathematics majors has been held at Saint John’s University in April every year since 1979. The conference features a nationally renowned speaker as well as opportunities for students to present their undergraduate research projects and to interact with other students from the region.

You are encouraged to apply for a research experience for undergraduates (REU) to enhance your education and explore your interests outside of the classroom. Students who’ve recently completed REUs have studied topics ranging from pattern avoidance in double lists to king placements on hexagonal chessboards.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant provides scholarships and internships for talented science and math undergraduates. Interns work with our partners, including Fargo and Moorhead Public School Districts and Lakes Country Service Cooperative, to assist in the delivery of summer opportunities for K-12 students in the subjects of science and math. Scholars will receive up to three years of forgivable loans and partial living expenses to pursue secondary licensure in mathematics or science (physics, chemistry, earth or life science) in the state of Minnesota. Scholars will also receive special training in best practices for teaching science and math to English language learners (ELL), have the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences, and be part of a mentoring network. Scholars agree to teach in a high needs school district upon receiving licensure, providing invaluable service to the diverse K-12 students and numerous districts in our region.

Interested in living and learning with students pursuing degrees similar to yours? The STEM Learning Community gives you opportunities to connect with faculty, engage in study groups, and discover research options. This Learning Community is open to those majoring in physics, physic education, math, math education, construction management, computer science, computer information systems, computer information technology, chemistry and chemistry education.

  • The Mathematics Learning Center provides free one-on-one tutoring on a drop-in basis in MacLean 278 for students in lower-level math classes. As a Mathematics Education major, you’ll have the opportunity to work with your peers outside of the classroom in the Mathematics Learning Center as a tutor.
  • The Tutor Room gives you the opportunity to become a tutor in the MacLean 383 Mathematics Tutor Room or seek assistance from your peers when you need it.