From research projects and internships to community-based learning and honor societies, the Department of Mathematics offers a variety of opportunities for students.

Internships

Internships are a very valuable experience for all students and for students in mathematics. Dominican's Office of Career Development maintains a listing of internships. Other good resources to find internships are the job search websites, Indeed and Monster.

Lisa Gullo, Class of 2014
Majors: Mathematics and Economics
TTX Company Supply Chain Intern

Stephanie Ciura, Class of 2013
Majors: Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science and Secondary Education
AT&T Summer Matrix Intern

Anthony Perri, Class of 2014
Majors: Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering
Spraying Systems Company, Spray Analysis and Research Division

Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA)

Dominican is a member of ACCA, a consortium of 15 private liberal arts colleges in the Chicago area. ACCA offers a variety of events and activities for students.

Calculus Competition

Each spring, ACCA sponsors a calculus competition organized by one of its member schools.

ACCA member schools usually have a total of 25-30 teams participating in the competition. Each team consists of three students, and non-majors are welcome. The competition lasts for 90 minutes and usually consists of approximately 10 short-answer questions and 15 multiple choice questions (there is a penalty for an incorrect guess on a multiple choice). At Dominican, you'll see calls for practice sessions early in the spring semester. The competition usually takes place in mid-April.

Student Symposium

Each spring, one of the ACCA colleges hosts a student symposium—an opportunity for students across all disciplines to share their research through brief presentations or posters. Students who worked on research with a faculty member or through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program are encouraged to share their work. If you are thinking about doing research, this is an excellent way to learn about the different types of questions that can be answered with mathematics.

ACCA Math Talks

Every semester, the ACCA Math Talks series hosts presentations by mathematicians and other professionals about their research. The events are free and open to students at all ACCA colleges, and include two talks with a dinner in between. As with the student symposium, this is a great way to learn about mathematics outside of the classroom.

Community-Based Learning

All students who major in mathematics take a course with a community-based learning component. In MATH 299, for instance, students complete 30 hours of mathematics-related community service for local organizations such as:

  • Providence Family Services
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
  • River Grove Public Library
  • HandsOn Suburban Chicago