Undergraduates interested in teaching may find the opportunity to work in the algebra tutorial lab particularly beneficial. Students interested in this experience should contact the Mathematics Department Office, 3319 Everett Tower, or (269) 387-4510. The Department also hires tutors for students in Math 1140, 1160, 1180, 1220, 1230, 1700, 1710 and 2000.
Upper-level undergraduates with high grade-point averages may apply for positions as paper graders. These positions involve correcting homework papers for 4 to 8 hours per week. Pay is by the hour.
Additional opportunities may also be available, including internships.
Contact the department for more information.
The Department of Mathematics, in its commitment to excellent scholarship, strives to recognize outstanding scholastic performance by undergraduate students involved in the study of Mathematics. Each year deserving students are chosen for recognition and awards are presented at an annual Awards Day ceremony, normally held toward the end of the Winter term. The Department Awards Day ceremony combines a gathering of students, parents, and friends with faculty, a guest speaker, and the presentation of awards. The following is a list of undergraduate awards presented each year.
Freshman Prize Competition Award
Presented to the student having the highest score on the Freshman Prize Examination, which is given anually to those students invited to compete in the examination.
Sophomore Prize Competition Award
Presented to the student having the highest score on the Sophomore Prize Examination, which is given anually to those students invited to compete in the examination.
Colonel Charles E. Bayliss Scholarship
This scholarship is presented to a freshman mathematics major in recognition of an outstanding high school record and the potential for an excellent university career in Mathematics. Colonel Bayliss graduated from WMU in 1950.
Grover Bartoo Memorial Scholarship Award
Presented anually to a junior mathematics major in recognition of outstanding achievement in the study of mathematics as judged by the faculty and Undergraduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Professor Bartoo was a member of the Department of Mathematics from 1911-1946.
John P. and Nora Everett Award
Presented to a senior student showing outstanding promise as a teacher of secondary school mathematics. Selection is based upon overall achievement and performance in methods courses and student teaching. Professor Everett was the first Head of the University's Department of Mathematics and was President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 1930-1932.
Erik A. Schreiner Memorial Scholarship Award
Presented to two juniors in the Department who have completed at least 15 hours of their program and have shown outstanding achievement and potential for future contributions in the mathematical sciences. One of the two awards is normally designated for a student in the Mathematics Education area.
Robert Meagher Memorial Scholarship Award
Presented to a junior or senior mathematics major in recognition of high academic achievement. This award was established in 1993 by the Kalamazoo University High School Class of 1965 in honor of their classmate, Robert Meagher.
A. Bruce Clarke Senior Award
Presented to the outstanding senior mathematics majors in recognition of excellence in their field of study and their potential for future accomplishments as judged by the faculty and Undergraduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics.
This designation is bestowed by the President of the University in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.