The Honors Program in Mathematics is designed for advanced, motivated students. Through a mentored research program format and seminars, research and communications skills are developed in preparation for a graduate or professional career.
Acceptance into the Honors Program in Mathematics requires a student to:
- be a mathematics major;
- have earned a 3.5 GPA in mathematics courses attempted;
- have earned a 3.0 GPA overall;
- have arranged with one or more faculty mentors to work on undergraduate research projects for three terms (MA 498, Special Topics in Mathematics, 2 semester hours per term).
To have successfully completed the program, a student must have:
- received approval of the Undergraduate Program Director;
- completed a minimum of 6 semester hours of MA 498 and 3 semester hours of approved seminars in addition to the requirements of the mathematics major;
- submitted a formal written report of work done with the mentors;
- submitted an oral or poster presentation at a meeting of a recognized mathematical or scientific society (for example, the Alabama Academy of Science, the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Alabama Association of College Teachers of Mathematics);
- maintained a 3.50 GPA in mathematics courses and a 3.0 overall.
The Honors Program in Mathematics should foster a spirit of inquiry, independence, and initiative along with providing an overview of the relationships among the branches of mathematics studied. The student will have an early opportunity to tackle a mathematical research project while interacting one-on-one with faculty members in a research setting. The mentoring, written report, and oral presentation should all contribute to the student's development. Upon completion of the program, the student will receive a certificate at the spring UAB Honors Convocation and will graduate "With Honors in Mathematics."