Math Club

What is Math Club?

The Loras College Mathematics Club is a student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America. Its purpose is to enhance the appreciation for mathematics in both students and faculty, to encourage students to explore new developments and careers in the field of mathematics and related fields, and to provide opportunities for both students and faculty to socialize.

What does the Math Club do?

The Loras Math Club meets monthly and hosts several events throughout the year, including Sudoku contests, board game nights, Family Feud-style game shows, and the infamous Pie Your Professor contest on Pi Day. For the past several years, the club has helped sponsor student trips to undergraduate research conferences, traveling to Pi Mu Epsilon at St. Norbert College in the fall and the Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at Simpson College in the spring.

The club also helps promote the Bi-State Math Colloquium, a series of informative talks by faculty, graduate students, and undergrads from colleges and universities in Iowa and Wisconsin. In addition, math club members participate in a variety of math contests, including the Iowa Collegiate Math Contest, the Mathematical Competition in Modeling, the Iowa Mathematical Modeling Contest, and the Putnam Exam.

Math Club also enjoys coming together with faculty members in the department to socialize and serve. Students in all math classes are invited to Tasty Tuesdays, a weekly evening of snacks, socializing, and math homework help from professors. The club encourages alumni to return annually by reserving a spot at the Homecoming Tailgate. The club also participates in a variety of service projects. Last year, they helped run a Great Plains Math League high school math tournament at Loras.

Links to national mathematical societies:

Mathematical Association of America
American Mathematical Society
Society for Industrial and Applied Math
Association for Women in Mathematics
Society of Actuaries
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Other useful links:

Careers in Mathematics
About REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates)
List of REUs
Math in the News Archive
Cut the Knot Math Puzzles
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