Major Areas of Study: MATHEMATICS
The Math program at Muskingum University is designed to portray mathematics as a universal language of creative and critical thought and to meet the needs of those who intend to teach, to do graduate work in mathematics, and to pursue careers which rely substantially upon mathematics.
The primary opportunity for student research is in MATH 495: Mathematics Seminar. In addition, students sometimes work one-on-one with faculty members in directed study situations on research topics.
Students studying Mathematics at Muskingum have the opportunity to join the Ohio Zeta chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honorary. KME is a specialized honor society with chapters in colleges and universities which offer a strong mathematics program. The chapters' members are selected from students of mathematics or closely related fields who attain academic distinction. Approximately sixty thousand students have been initiated since KME was founded in 1930.
Math department faculty employ students to work as tutors and to assist professors with grading.
Muskingum University Math majors may attend:
- The annual ECC (East Coast Colleges consortium) mathematics competition
- Biennial KME national conventions and other regional conferences
relating to Mathematics and Computer Science
Career Possibilities for Math Majors
The majority of our mathematics majors become high school teachers in the region. Other students have also found employment in the insurance, banking, engineering and construction fields.
Recent Math graduates have enrolled in the following graduate schools:
- The Ohio State University
- University of Michigan
- Miami University
- University of Pittsburgh
- Central Florida State University
Jarrod Dalton earned his BS in mathematics, computer science, and business from Muskingum University in 2002 and proceeded to earn a master's degree in applied statistics from the University of Michigan in 2003. In 2013, Jarrod received the Doctoral Excellence Award in Biomedical Sciences from Case Western Reserve University for his 2013 Ph.D. thesis in epidemiology and biostatistics. In nearly seven years as a biostatistician within the Cleveland Clinic Departments of Quantitative Health Sciences and Outcomes Research, Jarrod gained expertise in the design and analysis of clinical trials in the area of perioperative medicine and in conducting observational analyses of large, diverse electronic health data registries. His research is focused on using modern electronic health record technology to better support individualized care, primarily through the use of statistical data mining or machine learning techniques. Under the KL2 program, he is working under the mentorship of Neal Dawson, MD to build and validate clinical decision rules which will recommend a treatment alternative for specific conditions according to patients individual comorbidity profiles using large population health databases. He is also working to develop methodology for modeling abnormally low and/or high treatment outcomes, with applications in clinical and translational medicine, health economics, and personalized care.
Megan Duke graduated in May ('14) with a math degree and an AYA teaching licensure. Megan, who hails from Weirton, West Virginia, first heard about Muskingum when she was contacted by the women’s soccer coach. She visited in the spring of her junior year and “fell in love with the campus. I loved the small campus and class sizes with the opportunity to actually get to know your professors. The wonderful financial aid package they offered made the dream of coming to Muskingum a reality.”
Megan was an RA in Kelley Hall. She was also a math tutor in the Student Success Center, a grader for the Math Department, and an office assistant in the Education Department. She was president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the junior/senior leadership honorary, and of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the math honorary. She was also the vice president of Residence Hall Association and a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and CenterBoard.
Last summer, Megan worked as a Muskie Fellow in the Math Department with Dr. Richard Daquila. “After all my research, I wrote an article about my findings that is going to be published in an undergraduate math journal at Rose-Hulman! I also had a chance to present my project and its results at the Ohio section of the Mathematical Association of America fall meeting.”