Math students at Dominican have the opportunity to distinguish themselves with special honors.

Degree with Distinction

As with all majors and programs at Dominican, students may complete a mathematics degree with distinction. Qualified students apply in the fall of their junior year to Dominican’s Degree with Distinction program.

Students in the program work with faculty mentors to produce an original creative or critical work, which is reviewed by a university-wide committee. Students present their work in the spring as part of Dominican University's URSCI Expo; some students also present their work at local and national conferences. Students who successfully complete the requirements earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Mathematics.

Students in Dominican’s Honors Program also may do a project in mathematics as part of the requirements for a degree with honors. Recent projects completed for the Honors Program or the Degree with Distinction include:

  • Willa Skeehan: "Mathematical Model of Wound Healing," 2015
  • Lisa Gullo: "Optimal path in graphs with variable weights," 2014
  • Joanna Sasara: "Spread of drug crime in the Chicago area," 2014
  • Jackelyn Nagel: "Cyclic decomposition of Km+1,m+1 minus a 1-factor into 2 regular graphs," 2013
  • Karina Cisneros: "Modeling Cancer-Stem and Non-Stem Cancer Cell Population Growth," 2013
  • Kim Plesnicar: "Optimal Strategy for Playing ‘Pass the Pigs,’" 2011
  • Nancy Gullo: "Exploring Semigroups," 2010
  • Angelina Myers: "Exploring Fractal Dimension Through the Analysis of Common Fractals," 2010
  • Monika Vidmar: "Confidence Intervals for the Difference of Two Proportions," 2010
Honors Program

Students who want to challenge themselves in courses beyond those in their major are encouraged to apply to join Dominican’s Mazzuchelli Scholars Honors Program. Some students are invited when they are accepted to Dominican; others apply for sophomore entry to the program.

All students in the Honors Program take an honors seminar course each year. In addition, students participate in various co-curricular activities on campus as part of the honors community. To remain active in the Honors Program, students must maintain a GPA of 3.30.

There are two paths to graduating as part of the Honors Program: students may either take additional honors courses or complete an Honors Project. Students who complete an Honors Project present their work at the URSCI Expo.