Department of Math & Physics Capstone

Mathematics Undergraduate Research Requirements

The undergraduate research requirements for the Mathematics major at Rockhurst University can be satisfied by completing one of the three following tracks:

  • Service Learning
  • Research
  • Internship

Choose an advisor and a track at the end of your sophomore year. By the fall of your Junior year, finalize a project plan with your advisor. Your project must contain significant mathematics content comparable to (or beyond) the 3000 and 4000 level courses you have taken in your major. 

The objectives of the seminar will be satisfied within each track as follows:

Service Learning
The service learning track involves an independent study hour (3000 or 4000 level) that will focus on an in depth investigation of your project topic, a service learning practicum in which you use the mathematics discovered during your independent study in a service to the community, and a final presentation and written report.

Suggested Timeline
Fall, Spring or Summer of Junior Year: Complete one independent study hour in your project area. After completing the independent study hour: Propose a project for your service learning practicum and present it to the department. Before enrolling in MT4960: Complete your service learning practicum. Spring of Senior Year: Enroll in MT4960 Mathematics Seminar

Research
The research track involves an independent study hour (3000 or 4000 level) that will focus on an in depth investigation of your project topic, a research paper at a level to be submitted for publication, and a final presentation.

Suggested Timeline
Fall or Spring of Junior Year: Complete at least one independent study hour in your project area.
At the end of your independent study hour/s: Present the results of your investigation to the department.
Enroll in MT4960 Mathematics Seminar

Internship
The internship track involves a mathematics related internship (approved by the department), a concurrent independent study hour (3000 or 4000) that will focus on connecting your internship to some higher level mathematics, and a final report and presentation.

Suggested Timeline
Fall or Spring of Junior Year: Complete an internship (Minimum hours: 90 hours) while at the same time taking an independent study hour/s with your project advisor.

Enroll in MT4960 Mathematics Seminar.