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Dr. Fischer and colleagues at UC San Diego, UC Davis, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine recently were awarded a five-year, $3 million National Institutes of Health grant under the NIH’s BRAIN Initiative. The grant will support research to use novel anatomical, physiological, and statistical tools to understand the microcircuit basis of sound localization behavior, from the network architecture to populations of neurons and how they change during learning. Nearly $462,000 of the grant will support Fischer and undergraduate students to do statistical analysis of the huge amount of data the other researchers will generate, as well as to perform mathematical modeling.
The Mathematical Association of America awards up to only three of these annually “to honor beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms.” Read more about it here!
Mathematics is an essential tool in the modern world, as well as a fascinating and beautiful subject in its own right. In a mathematics major, students learn increasingly sophisticated tools and techniques for solving mathematical problems arising in fields such as natural sciences, engineering, economics, and statistics. They also understand the theoretical aspects of these techniques, study abstract mathematical structures, and develop the ability to read and write rigorous proofs of mathematical statements. Our students enjoy small class size, personalized attention, close interaction with faculty, and the use of technology in the classroom.
The mathematics department offers students several different degrees to choose from based on their interests within mathematics and their professional goals. These include a BA degree, a BS degree designed for students intending to use their degree in a professional career, and a BSM degree that provides the fullest preparation for graduate school in mathematics or actuarial science. A major in mathematics is commonly paired with a major in another field in science, engineering, business, or the humanities, resulting in a very strong degree.
All majors participate in a year-long capstone experience that culminates in oral and written presentations. We also offer the opportunity for some students to engage in research projects with faculty members. Recent projects have included research in mathematical models of water waves, number theory, graph theory, inverse theory, and random matrices.
A mathematics degree opens up careers in a variety of industries including finance, insurance, software engineering, and the sciences. In addition, some of our mathematics majors decide to pursue careers in teaching and others continue their education through graduate programs in mathematics, finance, statistics, or another disciplines.
We are proud to number among our majors recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, National Security Agency Internship, and NASA Summer Internship.