After our Commencement exercises in mid-May and the graduation of nine accomplished mathematics majors, we have reached the end of another productive, stimulating academic year. Our graduates are planning to build upon their undergraduate experiences in various ways, ranging from graduate school in mathematics and statistics to employment in the actuarial field.
Speaking of employment, it is worth noting that once again many of the top rated jobs in 2011 require significant mathematical abilities and skills. For example, please visit the Jobs Rated 2011 top 10 list, in which the top 5 positions need advanced education in mathematics.
For information on what some of our current students and graduates are up to, please see some of our student and alumni profiles available on our departmental webpage. This summer, we have students participating in grant-supported undergraduate research both on campus and at other institutions.
This past year, we welcomed a new tenure track member to the department, namely Professor Philip Yates. After completing his Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of South Carolina and teaching at Cal Poly Pomona for several years, Professor Yates taught a range of classes for us last year, including a 400-level Statistical Inference course which we have been unable to offer in a number of years. As the College and Department transitions to a new curriculum in the fall, Professor Yates is designing a new course in Applied Regression which will further enhance our course options for students.
Speaking of our new curriculum, our Mathematics major and minor requirements have been modified. View an outline of what is planned for requirements.
We enjoy hearing from mathematics graduates (both recent and not so recent). Please stay in touch! And please consider sharing your post-Saint Michael’s experiences among our alumni spotlights. Thank you in advance for your support!