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12WHATx0WEx19REx0DOINGMathematicsmajorshavemuchmoretolookorwardtothanjustcalculusandgeometryclass.TeMathClubatMaristhascre-atedaplacewherestudentsoallmajorsnearlyhaloMathClubparticipantsarenotmathematicsmajorscancometogetherandx18getgeeky.x19AccordingtotheMaristCollegeMathematicsDepartmentwebsiteMathClubx1cisastudentorganizationwhoseactivitiesincludeexploringemploymentopportunitiessponsoringproessionallecturesandprojectsemphasizingthewidespreadapplicationsomathemat-ics...x1dButMaristassistantproessoromathematicsandMathClubadvisorMatthewGlomskiperhapsstateditbestwhenhesaidx1cMathClubislikeanacademicneighborhoodwhereeveryoneisgettingtheirhandsdirtydoingmath-ematicstogether.x1dMathClubisaboutmuchmorethanthekindomathyoulearnintheclass-room.MathClubsponsorseventssuchasOrigamiDaywherestudentslearntomakediferentpiecesoorigamiPiDayalectureseriesandevenamovienight.Butthedepartmenthasnotorgottenthetruepurposeocollegeacadem-ics.TeMathematicsDepartmentisaregularatnationalandregionalconer-encesincludingtheJointMathematicsMeetingsMAAMathestSpuytenDuyvilUndergraduateMathematicsConerenceandtheHudsonRiverUndergraduateMathematicsConerence.MathstudentsnotonlyattendtheseconerencesbutalsopresentthemathematicalworkthattheyhavecompletedatMarist.woyearsagotheMathematicsDepartmentbeganachapteroPiMuEpsilonamathematicshonorsoci-etyormathstudents.EachstudentisnominatedbyaacultymemberandgoesthroughwhatGlomskicallsax1cprettyrigorousapplicationprocessx1dtobein-ducted.odatetheMaristchapteroPiMuEpsilonhasinducted40members.SomestudentslikeSamanthaSpraguex1915havetakentheirmathematicsca-reersonestepurtherandparticipatedinaREUorResearchExperienceorUndergrads.DuringanREUastudenthastheopportunitytoconductmath-ematicalresearchwhilevisitinganothercollegeoruniversity.Spraguewasac-ceptedtoanREUatSt.Maryx19sCollegeoMaryland.x1cIcouldnotbemoreex-citedtorepresentMaristx1dSpraguesaid.GlomskisaidanREUisanx1cintensex2rstcontactwithoriginalmathematicsresearch.Itx19smorecompetitivethanget-tingintogradschool.x1dDuringsummer2012SpraguestudieddiscreteoptimizationoneothethreeresearchoptionsoferedatherREU.Sheexplainedx1cIworkedwithLegostotakeadeeperlookintothemathematicalormulasthatcorrelatewithhowmuchareawecanenclosewithacertaintypeoLego.x1dOtherMariststudentshaveconductedtheirREUsatuniversitiesincludingexasAMBardCollegeSUNYPotsdamandUC-SanBernadino.Whetherastudentisamathematicsmajorornotitisclearthereissome-thingoreveryoneintheMathematicsDepartment.MathematicsDepartmentofersexperienceforeverystudentCLUBSCOMPETITIONSANDRESEARCHOFFERSTUDENTSWIDECHOICEbyColleenKopchik