# WHY MATH WHY MATH AT UTA WHY MATH

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WHY MATH?

WHY MATH AT UTA?

WHY MATH AND WHY MATH AT UTA? ► Why consider majoring/minoring in math? ► Why choose UTA to major/minor in math?

UTA MATH DEPARTMENT UTA math students at the 2006 National Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Antonio

WHY MATH? ► Availability of good jobs ► Among the highest job satisfaction ► Skills highly valued by employers ► High scores on entrance exams (law/business/medicine) ► Preferred major by law/business/medical schools

EMPLOYMENT FOR MATH MAJORS Math majors are employed in every industry sector • Energy, information technology • Engineering, biotechnology • Pharmaceutical, market research • Insurance, communications • Financial, aerospace

EMPLOYMENT FOR MATH MAJORS Math majors are employed by the US Government • National Security Agency • Labor Department • Census Bureau • National Institutes of Health • Department of Energy research labs

UTA MATH DEPARTMENT 2007 Putnam Mathematics competition team from UTA

SKILLS OF MATH MAJORS • Logical reasoning and critical thinking • Working in a group to solve complex problems • Analytical and computational skills • Oral and written communication skills

HIGH SALARIES FOR MATH MAJORS “Average starting salary of a math major is higher than even an economics or chemistry major. ” 2005 National Association of Colleges and Employers Job held by math major Median salary Actuary $76, 608 Information technology manager $98, 847 Senior software engineer $96, 931

HIGH JOB SATISFACTION • Job satisfaction is among the highest for mathematics degree holders • Mathematician ranks first out of 200 professions • Actuary (a mathematician who does risk analysis for insurance firms) ranks second • Statistician ranks third 2009 Career. Cast. com, based on the five criteria of environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands, and stress

HIGH SCORES ON ADMISSION TESTS “Math majors score substantially higher than the average on admission exams to professional schools of business, medicine, and law. ” National Institute of Education LSAT Mean score for math majors is 12. 8% higher than mean score for all test takers GMAT 13. 3% higher than for all test takers

UTA MATH DEPARTMENT 2006 MAA Student Softball Team

WHY MATH AT UTA? ► B. A. , B. S. , M. A. , M. S. , Ph. D. degrees offered ► Scholarship and internship opportunities ► Undergraduate research opportunities ► Close interactions with faculty and other students ► Active student mathematics groups

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE ► SURGE Scholarship for UTA math majors ► UTTER Scholarship in mathematical biology ► Scholarships (Dunsworth, Gardner, Kannan, Bernfeld) ► Mc. Nair scholarship ► LSAMP scholarship ► UTA Honors College URA ► Funds by individual faculty grants ► NREUP summer research

UTA MATH STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS • Mathematical Association of America (MAA) • Pi Mu Epsilon Honorary Society • Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics • Actuarial Club

MATH STUDENT ACTIVITIES • MAA Chapter biweekly meetings (free lunch) • Actuarial Club monthly meetings (free lunch) • SIAM Chapter monthly meetings (free lunch) • Participation in conferences • Math camps for local middle and high schools • Departmental picnics, softball, games • Math Department intramural soccer team • Annual Calculus Bowl for high school students • Math Clinic and tutoring

UTA MATH STUDENTS Leading the 2008 Math Retreat for middle school students

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH • Math 4394 (Undergraduate Research Experiences) • Undergraduate research supervised by faculty • Summer NREUP (National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program) • Math/Biology (UTTER) program • Honors theses under faculty supervision • LSAMP research, Mc. Nair research • Summer research supported by Honors College

UTA MATH MAJORS • Attendance in regional and national conferences • Funding provided for conference attendance • Presentation of research results at conferences • Three UTA math majors in the 2008 prestigious Budapest Math Program in Hungary • Several UTA math majors participate in REU programs in summers every year • The UTA math team won the Math Jeopardy contest at the 2007 Math. Fest in San Jose, CA

MAJORING IN MATH AT UTA There’s never been a better time to be a math major and UTA is the right place for it We hope to see you in our program!

CONTACTS Prof. Tuncay Aktosun • [email protected] edu • www. uta. edu/~aktosun Dr. Carole Krueger • [email protected] edu UTA Mathematics Department • www. uta. edu/math