Math - From Classroom to Career Freshman Year
Use your academic advisor, your favorite professor, and the peer advising program
to explore mathematics and other potential majors, minors, programs and courses,
given your interest.
What is your "dream job" after graduation? What are you passionate about? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors. As a mathematics major, how can you use your time at Fairfield to prepare for it through class work, internships, volunteer activities, summer jobs, leadership positionswith clubs and organizations, and other relevant out of class experiences?
The skills of mathematicians are crucial to many business, nonprofit, and government operations. Graduates who have majored in mathematics are employed in a wide range of professional fields. Many have made their careers in the insurance industry, beginning as actuaries. Teaching is a popular option, with a number of students seeking secondary school opportunities. Mathematicians are, of course, much in demand for computer-related work where their analytic skills are highly prized.
Attend the annual Sigma Xi poster session, held in the Campus Center every spring. See the work of other majors, and imagine how your work will be displayed in future years.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1886 as an honor society for scientists and engineers. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., it is an international research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are more than 80,000 Sigma Xi members in about 500 chapters at colleges and universities, industrial research centers, and government laboratories.
The Mathematics Center, located in the Bannow Science Center (BNW129A), is a place where students can get free tutoring for first year statistics and calculus courses. In order to make the most of your tutoring session, please read through your class notes beforehand, bring your textbook and come prepared with specific questions. This will help you and your tutor identify what to focus on most.
The department runs a very successful colloquium series, offering about three talks each semester. Most of these talks are geared toward sophomore majors, but often a talk will be targeted at a more general audience. These can be very entertaining and, more importantly, very informative, offering a glimpse into the world of mathematics.
Pi Mu Epsilon is the national mathematics honor society. The Fairfield University Connecticut Beta chapter was chartered in 1986. The purpose of PME is the promotion of scholarly activity in mathematics. Students are invited to membership based upon their outstanding academic achievements in mathematics. PME sponsors several mathematical activities throughout the year. Contact: Dr. Joan Weiss at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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