Outside the Classroom Learning
Outside the classroom learning experiences are often the most memorable learning experiences, and they help us to make sense of the world around us by connecting feelings and learning. These experiences stay with us into adulthood and influence our beliefs, lifestyle and work. They influence our values and the decisions we make. They allow us to transfer learning experienced outside to the classroom and vice versa.
In the Department of Mathematics, there are many opportunities for students to engage with faculty, fellow students, their curriculum and content outside of the traditional learning environment.
The "Cool Math Talk" Series aims to present some interesting and fun uses of mathematics. The level of mathematics presented in these talks with be such that most undergraduate students with an interest in mathematics will be able to follow along. All interested students are encouraged to attend.
Mathematics Awareness Month is held each year in April. To celebrate Math Awareness Month, the UNO Department of Mathematics organizes several events, both in April and throughout the year.
The Kerrigan Research minigrants program invites UNO graduate and undergraduate students to apply for minigrants to work on research projects with department faculty members. A minigrant project is for $500 payable at the end of the fiscal year (the fiscal year ends June 30) upon completion of the project.
Eligibility: Full-time UNO undergraduate and graduate students
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted from faculty on September 15th of the fall semester and February 1st the following spring semester. Late applications will not be considered.
Proposal Guidelines: All applications must include two pages description of the projects. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The project description should:
- Have the student's name (if not taken, write status: available)
- Include the project's start and end dates
- Include the title of the project
- Include an abstract (less than 100 words)
- Include the purpose(s) of the project (i.e. the questions/issues to be addressed by the project)
- Include a timetable (Provide a timetable for completing the work entailed in the project)
- Duration: Either from September 15th or February 1st to June 30th
- All students must work with a faculty mentor. The student's faculty mentor must commit to supporting and advising the applicant throughout the research project.
- Each student must submit a final report no later than June 30th containing results of what was accomplished, and a list of papers and/or publications that directly or indirectly result from the grant; otherwise the student will receive no funding.
- Incomplete projects will receive no funding. The mentor is responsible for the completion of the project.
- A student cannot participate on more than one project per year.
- A student cannot participate on more than three projects during their time at UNO.
- Project's will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until February 1st.
- Each faculty mentor may propose up to two projects per year, however only the first will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The second will be held until February 1st and accepted on that date if there is funding still available.
- Students must be recruited by March 1st. No student will be accepted to a project after this deadline and all unclaimed proposals will be removed on that date.
- In order to be eligible for a Kerrigan minigrant the student must be registered for at least 6 hours if an undergraduate, and 3 hours if a graduate student.
- The minigrant cannot be work that is also counting for an independent study, thesis, or masters project. However, the minigrant may be used to develop an initial idea that will later be developed into a thesis.
Each December a group of undergraduate UNO students participate in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.
Interested students are encouraged to stop by 208 DSC from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM any Friday during the fall, when the Putnam Study Group meets, and try some Putnam caliber problems.
Please contact Dr. Griff Elder for more information.
Nicknamed the "Half-Putnam," this is a local, problem solving contest, imitating at a lower level the prestigious Putnam Competition. It is organized during the spring semester, on the first Saturday of March.EligibilityUNO undergraduate students who registered for it by the announced deadline.
The Calculus Bee is a contest for students currently enrolled in Calculus I at UNO. It takes place towards the end of each fall and spring semester. The Bee consists of two rounds. The first round is a written test open to all Calculus I student. The top 20 finalists from the written round will take part in the Countdown Round, a head-to-head speed round to determine UNO's top driver.
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