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Mathematics at Simpson
The many on-campus opportunities for our majors include: high-quality instruction, undergraduate research, math-related internships, and mathematical competitions. These experiences give our students a competitive edge in the job market and in graduate school. Math majors can do anything!
- Simpson offers two majors: Mathematics and Actuarial Science. The curriculum gives students a mathematical foundation so they can analyze complex systems such as the actions of enzymes on DNA, stock market trends, the effects of invasive insect species and the evolution of human cooperation.
- Every student who studies math at Simpson completes an undergraduate research project or math-related internship. Other opportunities for undergraduate research in math include our Bryan Summer Research Program, research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) and semester-abroad programs.
- Simpson math students participate in activities beyond the classroom that improve their teamwork, leadership, communication, and time management skills, including mathematical competitions, the Math Club, and tutoring and teaching assistantships.
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Each year, the Alan Davis Scholarship is given to an outstanding undergraduate for innovation, creativity and pride in their school’s event and opportunities for the student body. More…
“We have found potential employers and graduate programs truly value this experience,” math professor Rick Spellerberg. “This fact provides our students a serious competitive edge when it comes to landing internships, full time employment and acceptance to graduate school.” More…
“This plant has wreaked havoc in other states and is just now reaching Iowa,” said Rick Spellerberg, professor of mathematics. “Our goal is to stop it, and this grant is a great vote of confidence that we’re on the right path.” More…
Simpson celebrates academic excellence and achievement every day, but the College sets aside one special day each year to note the many accomplishments of its students and faculty. More…
“It’s quite rare for a small college to be able to provide opportunities to students to participate in these types of competition,” Brodie said. “They are a great learning experience, they are the sort of thing that employers are looking for on a resume, and they are a lot of fun.” More…
More Reasons to Study Math at Simpson
- Almost every industry, business, and government agency needs math majors because they are versatile problem-solvers. Mathematical training is marketable, regardless of the state of the economy.
- Many studies have shown that college graduates who studied math generally have higher salaries and greater job satisfaction than graduates in other fields. In addition, they have a better chance of getting into graduate school in any field.
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