The faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics believe that purposeful inquiry—a deliberate and organized set of experiences where a student identifies an idea, engages in a meaningful pursuit and exploration, and creates a product that reflects the effort—lies at the core of a Smith education. Below are some opportunities to help foster this inquiry.
MTH 300: Dialogues in Mathematics
From the Smith course catalog:
|In the class we don't do math as much as we talk about doing math and the culture of mathematics. The class will include lectures by students, faculty and visitors on a wide variety of topics, and opportunities to talk with mathematicians about their lives. This course is especially helpful for those considering graduate school in the mathematical sciences.|
MTH 301: Topics in Advanced Mathematics
In this course, students undertake an independent, semester-long research project. The projects are done in small groups and supervised by a faculty member. Students present their projects at least once, in front of the Department, or at local and/or national conferences.
Examples of past student research projects can be seen here. Visit the course catalog for more information.
Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (HRUMC)
The Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference is regularly attended by Smith post-baccalaureate students (and undergraduates). From their website:
|The HRUMC is a one-day mathematics conference held annually each Spring semester at rotating institutions, and attended by students & faculty from various universities, colleges, & community colleges in New York & New England (so far!). The first meeting was held in 1994 at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. The conference features short talks by students & faculty and a longer invited address by a noted mathematician.|
There is a department talk most Thursdays at lunch (provided, bring your own drink, see the calendar for upcoming events). The department talk is a chance for faculty, students and friends to hear an interesting talk and discuss mathematics. Several of the talks occur during the evening, often preceded by a tea or followed by dinner.