Data and its analysis allow us to improve our understanding of society and the world around us while making informed decisions. A mathematics degree at the University of Montana Western is unique in that it utilizes Experience One to provide students with the hands-on skills and experience needed to accurately gather and analyze data, which is applicable to every field of study.
These are skills sought after by employers, and they translate instantly to many future careers. Our students have gone on to conduct research at NASA, formulate policy for the National Academy of Sciences, and become award-winning educators.
Our students have utilized mathematics to:
- program computers to recognize images and read text
- understand the effects of parasitic worms on forests
- establish methods to best limit the spread of disease
- examine how the English language has evolved over time
- determine how species are related using genome data
Debbie Seacrest, Ph.D.Debbie is interested in using projects to connect mathematics to other disciplines and using games to teach mathematical concepts. Her research background includes using games as a teaching tool to let students discover mathematical ideas organically, and she strives to use these ideas in her own classroom.
Liz Vandree, M.Ed.Liz's research interests include studying self-efficacy, academic performance, mindset, and self-regulation in developmental mathematics students. She finds the connection between these concepts fascinating and uses her work to inform her teaching.
Eric Wright, Ph.D.Dr. Wright’s background is in the analysis of partial differential equations that are used to model reactive transport. Some of the direct-contact projects Wright and his students participate in include modeling the formation of calcite rimstone dams and studying reactive influences upon Taylor dispersion.
What Mathematics Students Have to Say.
“The faculty make you think about your goals, and blend assistance with allowing students to grow on their own.”
“At any other school, my internships with NASA just wouldn’t have been possible. Because of the block scheduling system, I’m able to make a clear path to my future goals.”