Happenings: Graduate Mathematics Open House

Solving success: Bobcats invited to Graduate Mathematics Open House

By Catherine Harper

flier for Graduate Mathematics Open HouseFrom math education to applied mathematics, anything is possible with a little number-crunching.  According to graduate advisor Dr. Alex White, students in math-based majors can find a world of possibility in master’s and doctoral-level programs within the Texas State Department of Mathematics.

“Graduate school opens up a variety of fields, and not just in mathematics,” White says. “It’s a good degree for students to choose a wide variety of fields that they had not considered originally.”

On Friday, Oct. 14, all students interested in a broader knowledge of numbers are invited to attend the Graduate Mathematics Open House, starting at 11 a.m. in Room 212 of Derrick Hall. From learning about master’s and doctoral programs in mathematics to networking, students can absorb useful information with a complementary lunch provided by the Graduate College.

The Graduate Mathematics Open House will offer a variety of information catered to student interests in math-based fields, such as specific undergraduate courses to take in preparation for grad school and information on how to apply for doctoral and master’s financial assistance.

According to White, a master’s or doctoral degree in mathematics can open up a variety of different career paths — in applied mathematics, engineering, economics and college-level teaching — while providing real-world experience through learned problem-solving tools and teaching assistantship.

“There’s a variety of things we do here at Texas State — research with our high school summer camp Mathworks,  as well as undergraduate, master’s and doctoral research — that tie the things that mathematicians do with math education for students,” White says.

The “Students’ Corner” of the Open House will allow students to ask specific questions related to their degrees of graduate students and faculty, while being able to view winning research projects undertaken by graduate students in “The Math in the Picture Contest,” a visual application of mathematical themes.

White says undergraduates who are considering graduate school should utilize all the tools available to them such as consultations with mentors, faculty and research assistants.

“The most important thing for students to do before graduate school is to think about what they want to do in mathematics,” White says. “They should talk to faculty about what they can do with a mathematics degree and think about other options that would appeal to them in furthering their career goals.”

Check out the schedule of events below:

  • 11 a.m.: Keynote Speakers Morey, Curtin and Obara opine on “The Power of Mathematical Images.”
  • 12 p.m.: Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Texas State Graduate College.* Advisors will  answer questions during this time.
  • 12-2 p.m.: “Math in the Picture” contest — See the gallery of entries and announcement of winners.
  • 1 p.m.: Discrete Mathematics Seminar
  • 1-4 p.m.: Students’ Corner — Meet graduate students and learn about their research interests and graduate experiences. Get information regarding employment prospects in mathematics education and mathematics.
  • 2 p.m.: PhD students panel discussion and Q&A

*Complementary lunch will be provided with RSVP to Ms. Guerrero at (512) 245-3427, or e-mail mg87@txstate.edu with subject line “Open House.”

For more information about Texas State graduate programs in mathematics, go to the doctoral and master’s program websites within the Department of Mathematics.

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