Students majoring in mathematics complete a capstone project during their senior year to fulfill the Senior Comprehensive Requirement. The capstone project is either a Senior Comprehensive Project or, for honors students, an Honors Project in mathematics. A list of Senior Comprehensive Projects and Honors Projects by mathematics majors appears below.
For a Senior Comprehensive Project, the student works with a professor to select a topic that relates to but goes beyond the usual scope of a 300- or 400-level mathematics course, writes a paper on the topic, and gives a talk on the topic to students, faculty, and guests. The project is a wonderful opportunity for the student to deeply explore a topic and share their insights with others.
Students often select topics that relate to their interests beyond mathematics. For example, a student minoring in finance may choose a mathematical topic that relates to finance.
The student takes the one-credit course MATH 492 during their graduation semester. Further details and deadlines are provided in this PDF: Senior Comprehensive Requirement.
The Honors Project is a year-long endeavor in which an honors student works intensively on the definition and solution of a scholarly problem, or on the development of a creative work. The honors student’s work is guided by an adviser and submitted to two readers for approval. Upon completion, it is publicly presented to interested faculty, students and guests. An Honors Project in mathematics with a grade of C or better fulfills the Senior Comprehensive Requirement.
An honors student takes the three-credit course HON 498/499 during their senior year. Further details about a Degree with Honors are provided in the Honors Program website.
In the following list, Honors Projects are designated as such; all other projects are Senior Comprehensive Projects. The Senior Comprehensive Project became a requirement for a mathematics degree in 2006, so the first such projects were completed in the spring of 2007. Call numbers are included for those Honors Projects housed in the Friedsam Memorial Library. All faculty mentors were in the Department of Mathematics, except as indicated.
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