The Mathematics Department at Bryn Mawr College believes in cultivating a vibrant and enriching environment with a sense of community and fellowship for all those studying mathematics.
All activities sponsored by the Department of Mathematics are under the umbrella organization of the “Mathematical Association of America Student Chapter.” Our MAA Student Chapter is the proud host of the following events throughout the year:
- Welcome Back Toast
- Majors Teas
- Holiday Party
- Math Awareness Month in April
- Distressing Math Collective
- Mathematics Shakespeare Reading Group
- Putnam Club
- Panel Discussions
- Excursions to Mathematical Conferences
The MAA Student Chapter is governed by junior and senior mathematics majors in a “flat” organizational structure, known as the Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors are the leaders of functions sponsored by the department, as follows:
- Senior Major Reps: These students are senior mathematics majors who are responsible for the primary social events during the school year. The Major Reps also serve as liaisons between faculty and students and often give input in evaluating candidates to fill faculty vacancies.
- Junior Major Reps: These students are junior mathematics majors who assist the Senior Major Reps in the duties listed above and often continue in the senior year to be Senior Major Reps.
- Web Site Manager: This student constructs and maintains the official web site of our MAA Student Chapter.
- Mathematics Photographer: This student photographs mathematics department functions and maintains the continuous slide show on the math hallway monitor.
- Bulletin Board Manager: This student takes responsibility for the Mathematics Department bulletin boards.
- Math Lounge Supervisor: This student organizes fellow mathematics majors to maintain the Anna Pell Wheeler Mathematics Lounge during the academic year.
- Putnam Club Captain: This student leads the Putnam Club Problem Sessions throughout the fall semester to prepare all those interested in participating in the competitive national William Lowell Putnam Exam in early December. Visit the website at http://math.scu.edu/putnam/.
- Math Excursion Coordinators: This team of majors works to organize transportation, finances, and the itinerary for all mathematics students interested in attending regional or national meetings of professional mathematics associations (or other off-campus events). Mathematics majors are invited and strongly encouraged to present papers of original research at such meetings.
- Distressing Math Collective (DMC) Coordinator: This student organizes the meetings of the Distressing Math Collective, a group started in 1997 by students wanting to discuss mathematical paradoxes and other mathematical topics not usually covered in math courses. In recent years, meetings have consisted of a math talk given by a volunteer, followed by math-oriented-game-playing. The DMC attracts a mix of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, alumnae, and friends.
- Math Newsletter Editor: This student produces an annual Mathematics Department newsletter that is sent to all math major alumnae.
NOTE: All positions may be shared by a team of students. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions, please contact the faculty advisor of our MAA Student Chapter, Amy N. Myers, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each member of the Board of Directors receives a complementary membership to the MAA (dues paid by the BMC Mathematics Department).
- Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
- Biographies of Women Mathematicians
- The KnotPlot Site
- Millennium Prize Problems
- Famous Curves
- Math Forum
- Career Profiles
- AMS Mathematics Calendar