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The Math Department Says Farewell to the 2017-18 School Year

Math Dept. Senior Lunch 2018 group photo

The Math Dept. gathered at St. Clouds Restaurant, near the Seattle U. campus, for their annual celebration of graduating math majors. Students, faculty, and staff came together for a festive meal and to share memories of notable achievements and good times, in the year just past. Included was the presentation of the department’s yearly awards, made to graduating seniors. Each award is named in recognition of beloved faculty members past. The Mirbagheri-Yandl Award for mathematical achievement went to Elsa Magness. The Janet E. Mills Award for undergraduate research went to Morgan Rozman. The Wynne Alexander Guy Spirit of the Mathematics Department Award went to Joseph Nakao. The medals were presented by Math Chair Dylan Helliwell, who had high praise for all of the winners, each of whom went above and beyond to share their enthusiasm for math. We wish all our graduating seniors well, as they move on to graduate school, new careers, and the further exploration of mathematical possibility!

Professor John Carter Interviewed by Seattle U. Magazine about his experience as a Fulbright Scholar

Professor John Carter by the Seattle Shoreline

In 2017, Mathematics Professor John Carter, PhD, spent five months researching models of water waves in Norway. His research, conducted in partnership with Henrik Kalisch’s team at the University of Bergen, could result in a scientific breakthrough that would change the wave modeling standard and advance tsunami prediction and renewable energy. Carter and Kalisch expect to publish papers on their findings. For Carter, wave modeling will be an ongoing focus on his research at Seattle U. While in Norway, he also immersed himself in the region, exploring fjords, hiking in the mountains and seeing black metal bands that he can’t see here in the United States. Since 1999, 33 Seattle U faculty and staff have received Fulbright awards to nearly 20 countries.

“The Fulbright allowed me to live in Norway doing science that otherwise would not have been done,” Carter says. “(It) teaches us about other cultures and the world around us directly.”

Excerpt from Seattle University Magazine | Winter 2018

Professor Brian Fischer wins National Institute of Health grant to study sound localization

Portrait of Profesor Brian Fischer

Dr. Fischer and colleagues at UC San Diego, UC Davis, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine recently were awarded a five-year, $3 million National Institutes of Health grant under the NIH’s BRAIN Initiative. The grant will support research to use novel anatomical, physiological, and statistical tools to understand the microcircuit basis of sound localization behavior, from the network architecture to populations of neurons and how they change during learning. Nearly $462,000 of the grant will support Fischer and undergraduate students to do statistical analysis of the huge amount of data the other researchers will generate, as well as to perform mathematical modeling.

Dr. Steven Klee named a recipient of the 2017 Henry L. Alder Award!

Professor Steve Klee in front of a blackboard

The Mathematical Association of America awards up to only three of these annually “to honor beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms.”Read more about it here!

More on Mathematics at Seattle University

Mathematics is an essential tool in the modern world, as well as a fascinating and beautiful subject in its own right. In a mathematics major, students learn increasingly sophisticated tools and techniques for solving mathematical problems arising in fields such as natural sciences, engineering, economics, and statistics. They also understand the theoretical aspects of these techniques, study abstract mathematical structures, and develop the ability to read and write rigorous proofs of mathematical statements. Our students enjoy small class size, personalized attention, close interaction with faculty, and the use of technology in the classroom.

The mathematics department offers students several different degrees to choose from based on their interests within mathematics and their professional goals. These include a BA degree, a BS degree designed for students intending to use their degree in a professional career, and a BSM degree that provides the fullest preparation for graduate school in mathematics or actuarial science. A major in mathematics is commonly paired with a major in another field in science, engineering, business, or the humanities, resulting in a very strong degree.

All majors participate in a year-long capstone experience that culminates in oral and written presentations. We also offer the opportunity for some students to engage in research projects with faculty members. Recent projects have included research in mathematical models of water waves, number theory, graph theory, inverse theory, and random matrices.

A mathematics degree opens up careers in a variety of industries including finance, insurance, software engineering, and the sciences. In addition, some of our mathematics majors decide to pursue careers in teaching and others continue their education through graduate programs in mathematics, finance, statistics, or another disciplines.

We are proud to number among our majors recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, National Security Agency Internship, and NASA Summer Internship.