As noted in our mission statement, we are strongly committed to providing students with a solid and broad-based mathematical foundation that helps prepare them for a variety of careers as well as graduate study in mathematics and the mathematical sciences.
CSBSJU Mathematics Colloquium
The CSBSJU Mathematics Colloquium meets roughly every other Thursday. Here is a schedule for Spring 2014:
3/20: Professor Jennifer Galovich will speak on "The Secret Lives of Bacteria" at 2:40 pm in PENGL 229
Abstract: While you weren't looking, that E coli in your gut was doing amazing things! Some of which you can't do, like make tryptophan and some of which you can, like make lactose. Well, at least some of us can.
In this talk I will reveal the secret machinery (AKA gene regulatory networks AKA operons) that E coli uses, and describe mathematical models that predict the long term behavior of these cellular machines. There will be ZERO (count 'em) differential equations. However there will be surprising (perhaps) references to the content of Math 241 and 331!
This talk is also shameless promotion of the fall Topics course (Math 340) which will look at a variety of differential equation-free mathematical models of biological phenomena.
4/3: Professor Tom Sibley will give a talk entitled "Getting Hyper from Painting Cubes," 2:40 pm in PENGL 229
Abstract: A simple puzzle starts with 8 small cubes, each painted with one of four colors. The cubes are to be stacked into a bigger cube so that each face of the larger cube has all four colors. A natural generalization considers n³ cubes and n² colors. What happens when we also increase the number of dimensions?
4/17: Professor Anne Sinko will give a talk entitled "Paint by Number: Colored-Parameters in Graphs," 2:40 pm in HAB 015
Abstract: To "color" a graph, graph parts (vertices, edges, both, etc.) are partitioned into different colors. We will look at how some classical ideas from graph theory behave once a coloring is applied to the graph. (No prior knowledge of graph theory will be needed.) Along with the founding ideas and new avenues to pursue in this area, some results from CSBSJU students will also be presented.
Each year students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University participate in two mathematical competitions. Each November students may participate in the NCS/MAA team competition. This contest consists of ten problems, which are graded with a value of ten points per problem. The problems typically range in difficulty from fairly easy to extremely difficult. Students work in groups of three and submit their work as a team.
Every February students may particpate in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling or MCM. The MCM is a contest where teams of undergraduates use mathematical modeling to present their solutions to real world problems. Students in teams of three work on one problem over an entire weekend. Not only is their work graded on mathematical correctness, but also on clarity and ease of understanding. For additional information see the COMAP website.
A good number of our students pursue a career as an Actuary, a person who calculates risk for insurance companies. For further information contact Phil Byrne or Kris Nairn.
Student Employment Opportunities
Students with an aptitude for mathematics have the option to work for the department as a course assisstant, teaching assistant and work in the Math Skills Center. This opportunity not only help students prepare for teaching mathematics in the secondary and college level, but also they get paid! For more information contact Phil Byrne.
Every summer the math department sponsers students to do summer research with an advisor. CSB/SJU also has a strong tradition of students particpating in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) around the country. For further information contact Bret Benesh and visit our page on summer research experiences.
Below are links to several areas on campus that can assist our students during their years at CSB/SJU. If you find that you have additional needs, please contact one of our faculty members.