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 yearlong calculus sequence MATH 10850 10860, Honors Calculus I and II. What is SUMR?The Seminar of Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR) is a twoyear enrichment program for junior and senior honors students who intend to do postgraduate work in the mathematical sciences. Its goal is to provide an especially strong mathematical foundation to participants, through graduatelevel 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 highlyranked 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
Other mathematics opportunities at Notre DameThere are plenty of outlets beyond the classroom for students to engage their interest in mathematics; for example:
Where to go to learn moreFaculty 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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