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Enhance Your Education

Distinctive Programs in Financial Mathematics

There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in financial mathematics through independent research, off-campus study, and internships. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in "real world" situations.

Student Research and Creative Projects
Knox is a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research. In fact, more than 90% of all Knox students complete an independent research or creative project by the time they graduate. Many students' projects are supported by an unusually rich array of Knox College funding programs that together provide students more than $200,000 each year in support of their work. These sources include: Richter Memorial Scholars Program, Ford Foundation Research Fellows Program, Ronald E. McNair Fellows Program and departmentally supported independent studies. In addition, special fellowships awarded to Knox through national competitions and through the research grants of Knox faculty make Knox a leader in promoting undergraduate research.

College Honors
Outstanding students may elect to undertake College Honors in their senior year, carrying out an advanced research project presented and defended to a faculty committee that includes a distinguished outside examiner. Examples of recent Honors project are:

  • "Risk Management in Banking," Haining Wei, '13
  • "Measure Theoretic Probability and Finance," Melati Nungsari, '10

Off-campus Study
Knox offers you plenty of opportunities to begin exploring the world while still a student. Almost 50% of Knox students participate in off-campus study and consider their studies abroad to be the highlight of their college experiences.

Knox students can attend the Budapest Semester in Mathematics, offered in Hungary, one of the leading countries for mathematical research. Also available, through Knox's membership in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, are the Argonne Science Semester in Chicago and the Oak Ridge Science Semester in Tennessee, where students work as contributing junior members of an interdisciplinary research team.

Internships
Opportunities for internships are widely available for students studying Financial Mathematics. Knox students have recently interned with Nielsen Research Media in Statistical Research, the Bank of China, New York in Risk Management, CNA Insurance and Allstate Insurance in Actuarial Science, and Willis of New York in Financial Analysis. A recent internship by a student of Financial Mathematics is:

  • Valuation Services Intern, Grant Thornton, LLP, Chicago, Illinois, Mego Liu, '11

Beyond the Classroom
To further education and understanding of mathematics, the department and the Mathematics Club sponsor weekly seminar talks by faculty, visiting scholars and students doing research. Teams from Knox often compete in the Putnam Examination, a national mathematics contest.

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