There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in 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.
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 projects include:
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.
Opportunities for internships are widely available for students in mathematics. In actuarial mathematics, Knox students have recently interned with Cigna Corporation, CNA Insurance and Equicor; in engineering and marketing and in software development with AT&T; and in investment analysis with Chicago Corporation. Other recent internships have been conducted at Kemper Industries, Allstate Insurance, and Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Lab. A recent internship in mathematics was:
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.
Knox's Team X-Ray places second among 15 liberal arts colleges that competed in an intense regional contest involving programming teams from colleges and universities in five states.
History Professor Danielle Fatkin shares artifacts from her archaeological dig in Jordan and provides a lab environment for students to develop skills in analyzing ancient pottery.
Campus event is affiliated with the national Bioneers movement, which focuses on exploring solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges.