This page provides information about honors degrees within the Department of Mathematics. If you are looking for honors programs, visit the Honors College.
The College of Arts and Science supervises departmental honors programs within the college and allows the Mathematics and Statistics Departments to continue the successful programs we have operated for many years. In brief, our programs provide more options than the usual departmental honors program within the college.
We consider honors students to be those with a keen interest and ability in mathematics or statistics regardless of their major or year at Miami. There need be no intent to actually graduate with departmental honors. For such a student the departments offer special honors courses and encourage participation in intercollegiate competitions and activities. Many students have enjoyed considerable success in these endeavors and have benefited from the extra competence and confidence developed through such experiences.
The departmental Honors Coordinator is responsible for identifying honors students, inviting them to enroll in the honors program, and encouraging them to take part in appropriate activities. The most common bases for these invitations are outstanding performance in departmental classes or activities and recommendations by departmental faculty. However, any student who wants to be considered for membership in our honors program is encouraged to inquire in the department office.
In order to graduate with departmental honors, a student must apply to the Honors Coordinator for departmental honors status (Dr. Dan Pritikin in mathematics or Dr. Tom Fisher in statistics) and perform at least two of the following three items:
A graduating undergraduate applicant in Arts and Science meeting all three of 1, 2, and 3 in the judgment of the Honors Coordinator qualifies for departmental honors in Mathematics and/or Statistics. For a student meeting only two of 1, 2 , and 3, it will be up to the Honors Coordinator, in consultation with two other tenure track faculty in the department, as to whether the student is awarded departmental honors based on overall strength concerning 1, 2, and 3.
Deciding whether a student meets criteria 1, 2, and/or 3 is generally a judgment call on the part of the faculty involved.
Please note that students who are not majoring in Mathematics and/or Statistics can meet these requirements and have done so. The Honors Coordinator maintains a list of regularly accepted ways for meeting these basic requirements and also advises members of our program about their progress toward graduation with departmental honors.
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