Mathematics Department Learning Opportunities

  • Research is an integral part of the mathematics program and is incorporated into coursework as well as ongoing, unique research solutions outside of the classroom. In addition to collaborative research projects with faculty, our students are highly active in mathematics student organizations, where you'll have the opportunity to discuss mathematics, solve problems and participate in social activities.

  • 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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    As a Mathematics Education major, you’ll spend time observing, assisting and teaching in local classrooms and have a great deal of field experience prior to your final semester of student teaching. As you’re immersed in classrooms of different grade levels and with varying teaching styles, you will be able to identify what type of classroom is the right fit for you.

    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.

    MSU Moorhead received a NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant in 2015 with the objective of increasing new STEM teachers prepared to work with diverse students in high needs schools and giving them the resources to do so successfully through innovative coursework, targeted field experiences and mentorship support.

    • 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.