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Mary Vlastnik Armon

Chair & Associate Professor of Mathematics Chair of Data Science

Galesburg, IL 61401



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3 Ways to Experience Your Education

1. Use mathematics to explore big issues.

All mathematics and financial mathematics majors undertake a research project. Sometimes, that research is focused on purely mathematical questions related to algebraic geometry or number theory. Other times, students apply their analytical expertise to explore economic trends, human behavior, or how to build a better baseball team. And we can often provide funding to support students working on research during summer or winter break through the Junod and Math Talks funds. Here are a few projects our students have recently completed:

  • "Automatic Geometry Theorem Proving: a Mathematica Implementation," David Rincon-Cruz '16 (funded through a Richter Award) and Sam Hart '15 (funded by Math Talks)
  • "Risk Management in Banking," Haining Wei '13.
  • "Szpiro's Result Showing that Local Complete Intersection Curves in Affine 3-Space are Set-Theoretic Complete Intersections," Michael John Kaminski Jr. '12.
  • "Mathematics of Evolution: A Model of Multilevel Selection Theory in Sexually Reproducing Species," Kenneth Jordan McCallum '07.
  • "Distributions," Jordan Watkins '07.

2. Study with some of the leading thinkers in your field.

From the Budapest Semester in Mathematics to programs at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, you'll have the chance to meet and work with the best.

3. Explore life after Knox through an internship.

Our math and financial math students have interned in engineering, insurance, banking, or any other place where data analysis is highly valued—as close as Chicago or as far away as India (many found with the assistance from the Bastian Family Career Center). Here are a few of our students' recent internships:

  • Intern, Bharat Immunological and Biological Corporation,Srichandra Masabathula '16
  • Kernel developer, Wolfram Research, Wenzhen Zhu '16.
  • Underwriting intern, State Farm Insurance, Blair Yu '14.

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