Program Highlights

This year Dave Kung gave one of the MAA's Distinguished Lecture Series talks in DC! Watch the short version of the talk above, read more about it at the MAA website, or watch the entire talk

Student Spotlight

2012 SMCM Putnam Team

The 2012 Putnam Team - 

the 71th ranked team out of 578

college and universities

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The 2011 SMCM Putnam Rally

 "We Learned How to Think"

The wondrous world of mathematics was studied by early civilizations, systematically explored in ancient Greece, widened by the mathematicians of the intervening centuries, and put on solid logical foundations during the past two hundred years. Today, we are exploring many new branches of mathematics, solving old problems, formulating new ones, and steadily extending the boundaries of our knowledge. Without mathematics, there would be little technology in the modern world, no exploration of space or the subatomic realm, no advanced physics, chemistry, biology, or medicine. There would be no radio or television, no trains, no cars, no airplanes, no electric heat or light, and, of course, no computers, e-mail, or internet.

The mathematics program at St. Mary's introduces students into the miraculous world of mathematics at many levels. We broaden the horizons of the general college student, giving them insights into the types of reasoning that characterize our discipline and preparing them to lead examined lives as informed citizens. We acquaint students of the physical and social sciences with the tools necessary for their further studies. We provide our majors with a solid knowledge and understanding of abstract mathematics as well as some of its applications, thus preparing them for further studies, for teaching careers, and for future careers in government, business, or industry.

Our Computer Science program takes a "theory  in  action" approach,  teaching  the fundamentals  of  computing, critical  and abstract  thinking,  problem  solving, communication  and  teamwork skills.  We demonstrate the applicability of these core ideas through a broad curriculum, experiential learning and undergraduate research.  This prepares students for practice and for future learning whether at graduate school or in the workplace.

Most of our graduates are very successful in their careers. When they visit us years after graduation (and many do) and we ask them what was most important about their education at St. Mary's, a surprisingly large number respond: "We learned how to think".