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Honors Program

The Honors Program in Mathematics is designed for advanced, motivated students. Our mentored research program format and seminars are designed to help you build the research and communications skills needed for a graduate or professional career.


""The Honors Program is designed to foster a spirit of inquiry, independence, and initiative along with providing an overview of the relationships among the branches of mathematics studied. You 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 your development.

Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate at the spring UAB Honors Convocation and will graduate "With Honors in Mathematics."


To join the honors program you must:

  • be a mathematics major;
  • have earned a 3.5 GPA in mathematics courses taken;
  • 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 successfully completed the program, you must:

  • receive the approval of the Undergraduate Program Director;
  • complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of MA 498: Research in Mathematics and 3 semester hours of approved seminars, in addition to the requirements of the mathematics major;
  • submit a formal written report of work done with your faculty mentors;
  • submit 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); and
  • maintain a 3.50 GPA in mathematics courses and a 3.0 GPA overall.

Further Information

Program requirements and a suggested plan of study for Honors students are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.