Fast Track Program

The Basics

  • Earn a B.S. and M.S. in four years by attending summers.
  • Be in competitive program with other high achievers, in a department with an international reputation.
  • Be prepared for continued graduate study or professional study in the sciences, medical, and health-related fields.
  • Be a step ahead of the competition for math-related jobs in business and industry.

Mathematics is one of the oldest and yet most vital and beautiful of subjects, and is a crucial tool as the foundation of your career. Skill development, calculations, and routine problem-solving, though important, are not the heart of mathematics. Current research in mathematics is rich in creative thinking. Mathematicians solve problems by means of clever inspiration and determination, not by rote computations.

Are You Up for a Challenge?

If you are intrigued by an intellectual challenge, then we have an offer that may interest you. The Mathematics Fast Track Program is designed for students who are motivated to pursue advanced mathematical studies at an accelerated pace. It allows you to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in four to five years. Students work with graduate faculty members right from the start, and thereby enjoy a wide exposure to various fields of mathematical interest and hands-on encounters with the methods of mathematical research.

Students who finish the program should be well-prepared for continued graduate study in mathematics and the sciences, and can help you stand out in careers in business and industry.

If you love mathematics, and are capable of dealing with the subject at a high level now, the Fast Track program is for you.

Program Benefits

Mentoring and Research

  • Work one-on-one with a research mathematician as mentor as soon as you start enter the program.
  • Work on research projects every term and with several mentors over first three years.
  • Attend state, regional, and national mathematics meetings.
  • Give talks at mathematics conferences and publish research as an undergraduate.

Seminars

  • Work with other Fast Track students on group projects.
  • After third year, and optionally before, participate in a Graduate Seminar (with Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students).
  • After third year, and optionally before, participate in Research Seminars (with faculty and Ph.D. graduate students). 

Financial Support

  • Undergraduate scholarships are available specifically for Fast Track students
  • We will work with financially needy students to secure Mathematics Department work study jobs.
  • Graduate teaching fellowships in the M.S. program are possible after the third year. 

Automatic Graduate School Admission

  • All students admitted to the program have a place reserved in the Mathematics master's program.
  • Admission to the UAB Graduate School is automatic up to one year before B.S. graduation (good standing required).
  • Satisfactory performance in the Fast Track program is required for admission. 

Master's Degree Choices

After third year, you can choose to pursue:

  • M.S. in Mathematics
  • M.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Biostatistics (preferred consideration given for the Biostatistics graduate program)

Study/Office Space

  • Use of the Mathematics computer system, usually reserved to faculty and graduate students.
  • Supported travel to mathematics conferences.
  • Mailbox in Mathematics Department. 

 

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