SUMR at Notre Dame
Honors Mathematics and SUMR at Notre Dame

What is Honors Mathematics?

The Mathematics Honors Program at Notre Dame is a rigorous program aimed at students who enjoy mathematics, thrive on challenge, and want to understand not just how mathematics works, but why it works as well. The program includes carefully planned and thorough sequences in analysis and algebra, the two most important building blocks of modern mathematics, as well as the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member by completing a senior thesis. The program provides outstanding preparation both for employment in a wide variety of fields that value strong analytic and quantitative skills, and for further study in all mathematical intensive areas of the sciences (pure and applied mathematics, statistics and biostatistics, physics, economics, computer science, engineering, ...).

The Mathematics Honors Program begins in the first year, with the year-long calculus sequence MATH 10850 --10860, Honors Calculus I and II.

What is SUMR?

The Seminar of Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR) is a two-year enrichment program for junior and senior honors students who intend to do post-graduate work in the mathematical sciences. Its goal is to provide an especially strong mathematical foundation to participants, through graduate-level coursework, small group reading courses, and close contact with faculty members. SUMR graduates have established a remarkable tradition of accomplishment in postgraduate work. Recent SUMR alumni have pursued Ph.D.s in such fields as Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Economics and Ecology, the vast majority at highly-ranked schools such as Cornell, Brown, Stanford, IU, UCLA and Harvard. No other Notre Dame program has had such a high percentage of its graduates winning national fellowships. Here are the details of the 46 national awards and scholarships won by SUMR alumni up to and including 2012.

The SUMR program was created in 1989 by emeritus professor Frank Connolly. Here is a brief history of the program.

More detailed information

  • Honors courses: a brief description of the courses in the Honors program
  • SUMR: a description of the SUMR program, and a complete list of SUMR alumni
  • Fellowships and scholarships: Information about applying for the many fellowships and scholarships in the mathematical sciences
  • REUs: Information about REUs and other summer research opportunities
  • Senior Thesis: Information about the option of graduating with a Senior Thesis, including a list of recent senior theses

Other mathematics opportunities at Notre Dame

There are plenty of outlets beyond the classroom for students to engage their interest in mathematics; for example:

  • The Math Club hosts various math-related lectures and events throughout the year.
  • Every December many Notre Dame students participate in the Putnam Competition, and annual problem contest with participants from almost every university and college in the country. To help prepare, the department offers a one-credit problem solving seminar (MATH 43900) every fall.
  • Throughout the year the department runs Math for Everyone, a series of lectures and discussions on mathematics and its place in the world.

Where to go to learn more

Faculty contacts: please get in touch with any of the following people to learn more.

Mathematics Department main webpage, including the advising handbook


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