November 2015

NEW MAJOR IN MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS

The Departments of Mathematics and Economics announce a new major in Mathematical Economics.  The program provides rigorous training in mathematics and economics for students whose career goals require a high level of technical proficiency in these subjects. The program will benefit students who intend to pursue careers in economic analysis, statistics, finance, operations research, underwriting or actuarial science, or do graduate work in economics, finance or applied mathematics.

The degree requirements for this major include a balance of economics courses and mathematics courses.  For more information, please make an appointment at wams.wayne.edu with mathematics academic adviser Kim Morgan.

UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS SEMINAR

On Friday November 13 at 2pm, Professor Kazuhiko Shinki will give a presentation on How to Lie With Statistics.  The talk will be held in FAB 1146.

Darrell Huff published "How to Lie with Statistics" in 1954, and it became the most widely read statistics book in history. With today's computational power, advanced graphics and big data, it has never been easier to lie with statistics. This talk demonstrates some interesting up-to-date examples.

AGRADE SCHOLARSHIP

Some departments at Wayne State University (including the Department of Mathematics) permit outstanding undergraduate majors to petition for admission into an AGRADE program. AGRADE programs enable qualified seniors to enroll simultaneously in an undergraduate and graduate program and apply a maximum of sixteen credits towards both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in their major field.

The AGRADE scholarship rewards AGRADE students who have graduated with their Bachelor’s degree and enrolled in their Master’s only year at Wayne State.  The scholarship covers up to 4 graduate credits of tuition in Winter 2016.

Interested students should apply by November 15 at forms.wayne.edu/56181dc53450e

FACULTY ADVISERS FOR MATHEMATICS MAJORS

Our faculty are eager to help our students on an individual basis.  We would be happy to connect you with a faculty adviser that you can rely on for personalized academic and career advice.

Please contact Dan Isaksen at isaksen@wayne.edu if you are interested in being paired with a faculty adviser.  We ask that students commit to meeting at least once each semester with their faculty adviser.

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Kim Morgan is now the advisor for all mathematics majors and minors.  Make an appointment with her at wams.wayne.edu to plan for the Winter semester.

MATHEMATICS RESOURCE CENTER

The Mathematics Resource Center provides FREE walk-in tutoring services to Wayne State students (incoming, current, and alumni) needing help in Wayne State mathematics courses and proficiency/placement.  The MRC is located in the heart of the Department of Mathematics in 1198 Faculty/Administration Building.

Also, check us out at http://clas.wayne.edu/Math/Mathematics-Resource-Center to learn more about the Mathematics Resource Center, or send inquiries to Tiana Bosley - tiana@wayne.edu.


October 2015


FACULTY ADVISERS FOR MATHEMATICS MAJORS

Our faculty are eager to help our students on an individual basis.  We would be happy to connect you with a faculty adviser that you can rely on for personalized academic and career advice.

Please contact Dan Isaksen at isaksen@wayne.edu if you are interested in being paired with a faculty adviser.  We ask that students commit to meeting at least once each semester with their faculty adviser.

ACTUARIAL AND UNDERWRITING INFORMATION SESSION

On Friday October 16 at 2:00pm, Jim Balogh from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will give a presentation on Actuarial and Underwriting Information Session. The event will be in Faculty/Administration Building 1146.

Have you ever wondered what an actuary does for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan?  If so, you will want to attend this talk.  Our speaker will be here to discuss the actuarial and underwriting professions and what it takes to succeed.  He will also provide information on the actuarial exam process and passing strategies.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to ask questions of real-life actuaries and underwriters while eating FREE pizza!

WILLIAM LOWELL PUTNAM MATHEMATICAL COMPETITION

The annual Putnam Exam will be held this year on Saturday December 5.  This is a nation-wide competition for undergraduate students.  There is NO CHARGE to take the exam.  The emphasis is on problems that require elementary methods but some originality to be solved. Freshmen and sophomores are especially encouraged to enter the competition. A brochure describing the exam and a copy of last year’s exam can be found outside 1199 FAB.

Interested students should send an email to Daniel Frohardt at frohardt@math.wayne.edu with subject line Putnam, indicating their interest in participating, before Monday October 12.

If there is sufficient interest, there will be practice sessions during the months of October and November.

DIRECTOR’S SUMMER PROGRAM AT THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY

The Director's Summer Program is a highly competitive program that seeks to reach the nation's most outstanding undergraduate mathematics majors. Each summer, we invite exceptional undergraduate students to put their problem-solving skills to the test in mathematics, cryptology and communications technology. These problems often involve applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms, and computer science.

At the beginning of the summer, students are presented with introductory lectures on modern cryptography and a set of problems that agency mathematicians are actively investigating. Each student chooses one or two problems as the focus of his or her research.

The DSP is a 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August each year and is open to students majoring in mathematics.  One full year of upper level mathematics (abstract algebra or analysis) is strongly recommended. Some computer programming experience is desirable.  The application deadline is October 31.

For more information, see www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students/undergraduate/dsp.shtml

ATHLETES FOR CHARITY

Athletes for Charity, in collaboration with the Detroit Lions, Tata Technologies and Ford Motor Company, have joined forces to create innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs at various Detroit elementary, middle and high schools.

Wayne State mathematics students are invited to join the program as guests hosts, mentors and lecturers for upcoming sessions for Pre-K - 12 grade students.  Volunteers may elect to volunteer for the full 4 hours to address all grade levels or for just 1-2 hours.

To learn more about Athletes for Charity's STEM initiatives in Detroit, please visit http://www.athletesforcharity.com/STEM

AUTO-OWNERS INSURANCE ACTUARIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITY DAY

Auto-Owners Insurance will host an Information Technology & Actuarial Career Opportunity Day on Friday, October 16th at 10:30am-3:00pm.  The event shows students how their degrees can be used in the insurance industry.  Juniors, seniors, and recent graduates in mathematics are welcome to attend.

Students will be introduced to I.T., Actuarial, and Underwriting Systems departments through presentations, have a tour of the workplace, hold a networking lunch, and end the day with a Q&A session.

Register at http://aoins.opinio.net/s?s=1025 by Monday October 12th.  For further questions, contact mclaughlin.erin@aoins.com or call 800-346-0346 x1855. 

SPOTLIGHT 7 CAREER FAIR

Wayne State University's Career Services is pleased to announce the 2015 Spotlight 7 Career Fair!  The event will be on Tuesday October 13 at 1:00pm-5:30pm in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center.

For a list of participating employers, please visit careerservices.wayne.edu/spotlight_7_career_fair.php

MATHEMATICS RESOURCE CENTER

The Mathematics Resource Center provides FREE walk-in tutoring services to Wayne State students (incoming, current, and alumni) needing help in Wayne State mathematics courses and proficiency/placement.  The MRC is located in the heart of the Department of Mathematics in 1198 Faculty/Administration Building. 

Also, check us out at http://clas.wayne.edu/Math/Mathematics-Resource-Center to learn more about the Mathematics Resource Center, or send inquiries to Tiana Bosley - tiana@wayne.edu.

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Kim Morgan is now the advisor for all mathematics majors and minors.  Make an appointment with her at wams.wayne.edu before the end of October to plan for Winter semester.



September 2015

NEW STUDENT GROUP FOR MATHEMATICS STUDENTS

The Society of Undergraduate Mathematics and Actuarial Professionals (SUMAP) is a new student organization that will focus on mathematics and actuarial events, including speakers/seminars, volunteering, networking, research opportunities, etc.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the interest survey – especially if you’re interested in applying for a leadership position.   The survey can be accessed at https://waynestate.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_50CPsIKNQrRlsgZ
Your feedback will help to schedule the first meeting at a convenient time.  Feel free to forward this link to anyone else you think would be interested.

SUMAP is looking for a few officers to help get the organization off to a good start. The available positions are Secretary, Treasurer, Actuarial Committee Head, Research Committee Head, and Student Activities and Engagement Committee Head.  You can be a Committee Head as well as Secretary or Treasurer.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact SUMAP President Amber Wolf at sumap@wayne.edu.
 
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR UNDERGRADUATES IN MATHEMATICS

Professor Salch is organizing a mathematics research group for undergraduates during this academic year.  The group will meet weekly and work on some difficult, unsolved, but elementary (elementary to state the problem, and elementary to get started working on it, but not elementary to solve it!) problems in linear algebra and/or abstract algebra. This should be a good experience for students that are interested in graduate school in mathematics. Students who have completed or are currently enrolled in a linear algebra course should have enough mathematical background for the research group. Please email asalch@math.wayne.edu if you are interested in participating.

MATHEMATICS COMPUTER LAB TUTORING POSITIONS

The Mathematics Computer Lab (MCL) needs more Tutors!  Undergraduate students who have successfully completed MAT2010 (Calculus I) are eligible to apply. Prior tutoring experience is a plus. Must be patient and communicate effectively.  Duties include helping students who are taking MAT0993-Beginning Algebra, MAT1050-Intermediate Algebra with Trig, and MAT1500-College Algebra, and assisting instructors during class sessions. To apply, please email your resume to the MCL Manager, Shereen Schultz at at6752@wayne.edu.

SUPER SATURDAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

The Math Corps Super Saturdays program is seeking volunteers to assist with ACT/SAT prep classes in mathematics.  High school students from previous Math Corps summer camps will be invited to participate from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, on Saturdays from October 17 - November 21.  College students who have completed (or are currently enrolled in) MAT 2010 would be ideal candidates.  This would be a great opportunity to get to know some very motivated Detroit teens and give back to the community.  If you are interested, please contact Anne Graziana at ad1295@wayne.edu for more information.

MATHEMATICS RESOURCE CENTER

The Mathematics Resource Center will open on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 9:30am for our FREE walk-in tutoring services to Wayne State students (incoming, current, and alumni) needing help in Wayne State mathematics courses and proficiency/placement.  The MRC is located in the heart of the Department of Mathematics in 1198 Faculty/Administration Building.  Please stop in for light refreshments on Wednesday during our Open House.

Also, check us out at http://clas.wayne.edu/Math/Mathematics-Resource-Center to learn more about the Mathematics Resource Center, or send inquiries to Tiana Bosley - tiana@wayne.edu.

CAREER SERVICES

Are you wondering what you can do after graduation with a degree in mathematics?  Career Services is a great resource.  Check them out at http://careerservices.wayne.edu

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ACTUARY

September 25, 8:30-11:30
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Detroit Service Center – Tower, 600 E. Lafayette Blvd.  Detroit, MI 48226

Hear career tips from professional health Actuaries
Learn what it takes to plan a career as an Actuary
Understand the bases of healthcare pricing
Network with student actuaries from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Oakland University, and Wayne State University

RSVP by September 14 to Tony Halfman at ahalfman@bcbsm.com

AUTO-OWNERS INSURANCE ACTUARIAL CAREER OPPORTUNITY DAY


Auto-Owners Insurance will host an Information Technology & Actuarial Career Opportunity Day on Friday, October 16th, 2015.

I.T./Actuarial Day is an annual event at the Auto-Owners Home Office in Lansing to show juniors, seniors, and recent graduates that are majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Actuarial Science, and Mathematics how their degrees can be used in the insurance industry.

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Kim Morgan is now the advisor for all mathematics majors and minors.  Make an appointment with her at wams.wayne.edu before the end of October to plan for Winter semester.
 

 

 

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