TERRE HAUTE, Ind – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Department of Mathematics’ has for the first time received the AMS Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. This honor recognizes a department that “has distinguished itself by undertaking an unusual or particularly effective program of value to the mathematics community, internally or in relation to the rest of society,” according to the AMS award announcement.
Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons states, “I’m elated to see the outstanding work of our mathematics faculty and students being recognized by AMS. Mathematics is fundamental to every academic degree program that we offer. True to our overall mission, we can’t be a great educational institution without having an outstanding mathematics department. We have a long history of outstanding and caring educators within that department, and that legacy continues to be enriched by our current faculty.”
AMS cited Rose-Hulman’s outreach efforts aimed at elementary and middle school students, high school students, undergraduate students, master’s students, and doctorate students.
“We have always been excited to spread the joys of mathematics to pre-college students and to share the excitement of mathematical research with undergraduate mathematics students,” said David Rader, professor and head of the Department of Mathematics. “The recognition this award provides to us demonstrates that others in the mathematics community understand and appreciate the work done on these endeavors.”
Rose-Hulman’s youth-based outreach activities include on-campus and community Sonia Math Days and Girls Adventures in Math, programs aimed at inspiring young girls to appreciate math; the Wabash Valley and Indiana MATHCOUNTS competitions, testing the skills of middle school students; and the annual fall Rose-Hulman High School Mathematics Contest, which has involved approximately 20,000 students since 1967 from across the Midwest.