MathBash Highlights Opportunities for Math Majors and Minors

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MathBash Highlights Opportunities for Math Majors and Minors

Published: October 9, 2015.

Late Friday afternoon might seem like an unpopular time to have an event about math, but 40 students recently showed up to MathBash, a fun and informative event about the many opportunities open to those who study mathematics.

Assistant Professor of Computer and Mathematical Science Dr. Amanda Harsy created MathBash through a Discover Mini-Grant. Itís a university-wide effort to help students find their purpose and vocation through the undergraduate curriculum. Harsy talked with the students about the different specialties within mathematics, the various job opportunities they could pursue as a mathematician, the makeup of the Lewis University program in mathematics and the importance of undergraduate research and internships in helping prepare students for employment and graduate coursework in mathematics.

The event also included an interactive group event in which teams of students gave a concise, precise explanation of the meaning of life, the kind of definition a detail-oriented mathematician would enjoy. The event concluded with a panel discussion. Four seniors in mathematics - Melanie Harrison, Anthony Kurt, Betsy Langland and Nicole Ware - gave students advice about courses and extracurricular activities that could strengthen their math preparation.

Lewis University offers a bachelorís degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Computer Engineering, with concentrations in Cyber Security, Web and Mobile Development, Data Science, and Video Game Development. It also offers minors in Computer Science, Cyber Security Science, Data Science, and Web and Mobile Application Development. At the graduate level, it offers a nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelorís and a masterís degree in five years. A master's degree in Data Science is also available for students who wish to learn more about Big Data.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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