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Internships and Research

Internships, research opportunities and other professional experiences give you practical skills, valuable contacts and a competitive edge at job interviews.

St. Kate's math majors have worked as interns at local high-tech companies. The Twin Cities has more than 1,300 research-based high-tech firms — making it one of the nation's major high-technology centers.

Research opportunities

In your final year, you'll work with a faculty member on a capstone research project related to your interest. Past topics include combinatorial game theory, the spread of infectious disease and the mathematics of music.

Independent research for credits is also an option, with department permission. For example, Marie Manner, a double major in math and computer science, created a mobile robot using STAMP microprocessor and Javelin language as part of her independent study.

Science @ St. Kate's Day

Each year, graduating students share findings from their senior research with the University community. Past poster topics include "Shuffling Cards to Randomization."

"Some of the greatest memories I have are from St. Kate's."

— Bethany Lohmann Slack, math graduate

NSF-REU program

The National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates is open to math majors at St. Kate's. These are competitive programs and primarily designed for students to work at other institutions during the summer between their junior and senior years.

Math contests and conferences

St. Kate's math majors have been invited to present their research at professional meetings regionally. They also participate in prestigious annual competitions, such as:

  • William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition
  • Regional North Central Section-Mathematical Association of America Team Contest
  • Konhauser Problemfest

Honor societies

St. Kate's has the Antonian Scholar Honors Program and more than 24 honors societies, including Pi Mu Epsilon for mathematics majors. Learn more »

Engineering Club

St. Kate's Engineering Club provides pre-engineering majors or students interested in this field with educational and social activities.

Math department events

Opportunities abound at St. Kate's to meet students with similar interests. These include the Fall Pizza Party, Pi Day Celebration, Game Night and Spring Picnic.