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Becky Goforth Scholarship in Mathematics
The Becky Goforth Scholarship in Mathematics honors Becky Goforth, a Trinity alumna in mathematics from the class of 1995. The scholarship was established by her family and friends to provide support for four years to an entering student who demonstrates an unusual ability in mathematics and a commitment to major in that discipline. A Becky Goforth Scholar receives $1,000 annually for four years, an individual plaque, and her or his name on a commemorative plaque in the mathematics department.
Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science Scholarship
Trinity University selects two or three outstanding incoming first-year students to be Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science. This full-tuition scholarship, designed for four years of undergraduate study, is accompanied by a $5,000 stipend for research, materials, and professional travel. The scholarship is renewable provided awarded students maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and major in a STEM field.
Selected undergraduate students participate in grant-funded research projects, under the guidance of faculty mentors, that provide challenging opportunities to gain practical experience. Summer undergraduate research programs are often interdisciplinary and contribute to research problems in biology, chemistry, engineering, and statistics.
Faculty members conduct research on assorted topics including number theory, combinatorics, dynamical systems, topology, fluid dynamics, and statistics. Faculty also engage in interdisciplinary research, often supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. Students often use the basis of their adviser’s research to develop their own research or senior projects.
Students who choose to minor in Biomathematics are required to complete an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member (either math or biology) and present their research in the Biomathematics Seminar.
Office of Experiential Learning
Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. The Office of Experiential Learning provides a place for students to gain information about internships, community service and service-learning opportunities, beyond the classroom course projects, and undergraduate research opportunities.
Today, cross-cultural understanding is as much a practical necessity as an educational standard. Study abroad is an embodiment of the liberal arts ideals and a sign of the initiative and breadth often looked for by employers.
Many excellent study-abroad experiences are available to mathematics majors. Included are some centered around mathematics, such as the Budapest Semester in Mathematics.
In addition to Trinity’s study abroad opportunities through the Center for International Engagement, students also have the option to spend a semester at the London School of Economics studying international trends in global financial markets.
The Trinity mathematics department, especially through its burgeoning data analytics program, lately has become a veritable factory for internships, experiential learning and community service opportunities. In recent years, our students have engaged in those capacities at the Kipp Academy of San Antonio, the San Antonio Spurs, the local TV station KSAT and several others.
Internships provide hands-on experiences in mathematical finance and economics. Students have held internship positions at USAA, Fidelity Investments, Capgemini, and Gallagher Insurance, among others.
Trinity University Mathematics Society
The Trinity University Mathematics Society (TUMS) is a service and social organization dedicated to maintaining and developing interest in mathematics. TUMS sponsors a series of activities during the National Mathematics Awareness Week, participates in intramural sports, and organizes social events. In addition, TUMS members get career leads through sponsored speakers and printed or taped presentations.
Trinity Mathematical Modeling Group
The Trinity Mathematical Modeling Group (TMMG) sponsors activities related to applied mathematics. Every year, teams from the group participate in the international Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). TMMG also organizes social events and participates in the National Mathematics Awareness Week.
Lecture Series and Events
The Majors’ Seminar and The Mathematics Colloquium
These events bring several speakers to campus each semester to tell us about their work. Speakers represent different walks of mathematical life, from pure and applied academic mathematicians to others in industry whose work is empowered by mathematics. These talks, which are geared to our students, teach them new mathematics and enlighten them about potential career paths.
The Sports, Technology, and Analytics at Trinity (STAT) Seminar teaches students about predictive analytics in sports. STAT is led by mathematics professor Cabral Balreira with the support of the Department of Mathematics and the Sport Management program. The seminar is open to all students enthusiastic about sports and interested in learning about sports analytics, especially those who want to challenge The Oracle in sport predictions.
The Putnam Seminar
This seminar meets weekly every fall to help students prepare for the yearly infamous Putnam Mathematics Competition.
The Biomathematics Seminar
This seminar focuses on contemporary subjects at the intersection of biology and mathematics. Seniors in the seminar present the results of their own research projects.
The Mathematics Problem of the Week
Offered weekly as a challenge for all—students, faculty, staff and alumni—irrespective of their field of specialization.
The mathematics department offers two or three receptions (and serves the best food on campus) throughout the year so students can meet with faculty and alumni in a social setting, as well as to foster camaraderie and esprit de corps.
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Spaces and Facilities
Beyond a lounge where they interact with each other, all mathematics students enjoy unrestricted access to a computer lab equipped with state-of-the-art computers. There they will have access to all relevant mathematical and statistical software including Matlab, Maple, and R. Students engaged in computational-intensive projects also have access to a high-performance computer cluster.
Our department works in close coordination with the University’s Quantitative Reasoning Skills Center to ensure that mathematics students, especially those in lower-division courses, have access to tutoring from trained peer tutors—often mathematics majors themselves.
Student Awards and Recognition
Junior Math Award
Awarded to the junior student whose performance and promise in mathematics are deemed exceptional by the mathematics faculty.
Awarded to the junior student who has contributed most to the achievement of the department's goals by providing assistance with and leadership in the department's activities.