Information covered during Majors Dinner 2019 | St. Lawrence University Math, Computer Science, and Statistics

Information covered during Majors Dinner 2019

The Math, CS, and Stats Faculty

Dr. Maegan Bos (Math), Dr. Jessica Chapman (Stats), Dr. Danny Crytser (Math), Dr. Jim DeFranza (Math), Dr. Dante Giarrusso (Math), Dr. Ed Harcourt (CS), Dr. Rob Haney (Stats), Dr. Natasha Komarov (Math), Dr. Choong-Soo Lee (CS), Dr. Patti Frazer Lock (Math), Dr. Robin Lock (Stats), Dr. Dan Look (Math), Dr. Duncan Melville (Math), Dr. Ivan Ramler (Stats), Dr. Schuckers (Stats), Dr. Lisa Torrey (CS)

1.  Pi Mu Epsilon
Pi Mu Epsilon is the national mathematics honorary society.  Requirements vary depending on class year but include completing at least three math classes (2 at the 200+level), having a strong GPA in those courses (3.75 for sophomores, 3.4 for juniors and seniors) and a solid GPA overall.  Inductions are held each semester.   

2.  Senior Projects
Math and CS majors must complete a Senior Year Experience (SYE).  The Senior Project can be either independent research with a faculty member in the department or a specially designated senior seminar.  It culminates in a research paper and a presentation (for example at HRUMC).  It can be completed in the Fall or Spring or spread across both semesters of your senior year, and it carries course credit.  If you plan to do an SYE next fall, you should sign up for it during course registration this semester. For an independent study SYE, the first step is to talk to faculty members.  We have good ideas for projects, and we are happy to listen to your ideas.  For the math major, if you complete an SYE in another department or as student teaching, you are not required to complete a math SYE.  For honors in your major, you need to complete an honors SYE and to have a GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher.   

3. MAA Seaway Section Meeting
The MAA Seaway Section meeting is on Saturday, April 6th, at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.  If you are doing a research project, you should talk to your project advisor about presenting a talk. Abstracts and titles for students talks are due March 9th.  All other students are also encouraged to attend for the experience.

4.  Other External Conferences
Our majors have presented their work recently at national conferences all over the country.  If you do a research project (summer or SYE or other) that involves original research and you want to present your findings, SLU will help fund a trip for you to present your work at a national conference.

5.  AMS Headlines for Students
The American Mathematical Society has a monthly service to notify math students of upcoming deadlines and math news.

6.  Pi Mu Epsilon Interscholastic Mathematics Competition
The department hosts a mathematics competition for area high schools each spring.  Student members of Pi Mu Epsilon help out with proctoring and grading the exam.  The contest is usually held in early April.

7.  Semester Abroad Programs in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics
There are options for traveling abroad while workings towards your major. Examples include:

Computer Science: Denmark

Mathematics: Budapest, Moscow

All Majors in our Department: Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad

There are also ISEP programs (we recently had two Math majors in Sweden).

8.  Internship Opportunities
Summer/January Internships:  Many internships available for students with a background in math, CS, or stats.  Some are paid and some are not.  Many different locations, many different types (teaching, finance, actuarial, etc.)  For more information, go to the Career Planning Office or use Career SLUth off the SLU webpage

9.  Summer Research Opportunities
St. Lawrence University:  SLU Fellows program provides $3500 and room and board for students to do research with a faculty member during the summer.  Research is expected to last 8 – 10 weeks, between during June and July.  The deadline for applications is usually the second week of February.  It is too late for this year but start thinking about next year.  First step:  If you are interested please talk to a faculty member.

Off-campus:  There are a variety of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer programs and a variety of other summer programs.  Deadlines vary, usually mid-January to mid-March.  There are opportunities all over the country, at a variety of different levels, and in a variety of different specialties.  The stipend and timing is similar to that for SLU Fellows.  There are special programs in statistics, engineering, biomath, math of flight that includes flying lessons, etc.  There is also a 4-week program specifically for females at the end of the first or second year, and other variations.  Many interesting opportunities.  For more information, check out Student Research off our department webpage and join the department on Facebook (go to and click on the Facebook link).

10.  Festival of Science and Scholarship
St. Lawrence’s annual Festival of Science and Scholarship is scheduled for Friday, April 26th.  The Festival includes poster sessions and oral presentations on student research projects.  This is a great opportunity for seniors to present their work to the broader campus community and for underclass students to see what sorts of projects are going on in Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics. 

11.  Graduate School
For most PhD graduate programs (and some Masters programs) in Math, CS, and Statistics students do not have to pay tuition and are paid stipends.  We have excellent resources for you to use, such as lists of graduate assistantships, ranking of programs, etc.  Deadlines range from December to March.   Plan to take the GREs in the Fall of your senior year. If you are interested please talk to your adviser.

12.  Q Club
Join the Q Club, for all faculty, students, and friends of the St. Lawrence University Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Department.  Regular Tuesday pizza talks in Val 205/206 from 11:50 – 12:20 p.m.  Get an official SLU Math, CS, and Stats t-shirt for $10. (See Dr. Komarov). 

13.  Piathlon
The Piathlon is our annual celebration/competition in honor of Pi Day. It will occur sometime around, if not on, March 14th.

14.  Majors/Minors Project Room and CS Labs
Valentine 101 (next to the QRC) is reserved for majors and minors in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics.  It is your room.  The room has a sofa, chairs, desks, tables, computers, a printer.  It also has a bookshelf with samples of past SYE project write-ups.

The Computer Labs in Bewkes 107, 109, and 144 are available for everyone to use. See Dr. Harcourt if you need your ID card activated for the labs. They have R and Maple installed.

15. Problem of the Week
Our weekly Math puzzle/problem. See Dr. Lee if you want to get the POW emails.