The Sacred Heart University math club strives to increase the awareness of mathematics. Such efforts include: an annual “Alumni Night” where former majors from SHU came back to speak with current students about their careers and how their math backgrounds have helped, gathering information on graduate schools and displaying them, inviting mathematicians to speak on campus, and reaching out to local elementary/intermediate schools to promote math. We are always looking for new and innovative ideas to expand our mission.
For more information or to join, contact:
Academic Building SC 220B
Pi Mu Epsilon
Pi Mu Epsilon is the national honorary society in mathematics. It was founded on May 25, 1914 at Syracuse University, Pi Mu Epsilon currently has 348 Chapters, Sacred Heart being the 337th. Pi Mu Epsilon is not only an honor to be a member of for its prestige, but they also promote undergraduate activity at national conferences by giving travel support.
For more information contact the Connecticut Zeta chapter advisor, Dr. Lazowski or visit the Pi Mu Epsilon website. An induction ceremony is held at the end of every semester in which all past inductees and current math majors are invited to attend.
Monthly Problem-Solving Competition
SHU participates in a monthly problem-solving activity sponsored by the American Society for Mathematics. Each month, undergraduate students may submit solutions to a posted problem and a winner will be declared (if applicable) and awarded a certificate. Regular participants with outstanding solutions will receive a prize.
Each year, we invite guest speakers to campus to give a mathematics talk. Guest speakers give talks that are geared towards our majors. We also invite guest speakers to give talks to the student body at large to illustrate that mathematics in interesting and can even be entertaining! In the past, we have invited prominent guest speakers from the faculty of Boston University, Williams College, Fairfield University, Temple University, and Western New England University.
This intercollegiate math modeling competition, in which SHU participates, challenges teams of stu-dents to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems. The contest attracts diverse students and faculty advisors from over 500 institutions around the world.
Off Campus Activities
We like to expose students to mathematics off campus. Each year, we take students to the local meeting of the Mathematical Association of America where students have the opportunity to present their research to peers at other institutions. We also have field trips to sites of mathematical interest. Recently, we took students to the Rare Books & Manuscript Library at Columbia University and the Museum of Mathematics in New York City.
Each year, we invite several alumni math majors to come back for an Alumni Night. At Alumni Night, alumni talk about their careers and how they are using their math degree. Students have the opportunity to talk with our alumni and get good career advice! This has turned out to be one of our most popular events.