Math Club: This group, which provides both social and professional opportunities, is affiliated with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Every spring, several club members attend the Kentucky meeting of the MAA. Club members
also attend the Bluegrass Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium in the fall and other mathematics conferences. We bring in speakers from the various professions in which one can work with a mathematical degree.
“Mathematics and the Public Good” Series: To fulfill Bellarmine’s motto, <em>In Veritatis Amore</em>, “In the Love of Truth,” the Mathematics Department invites researchers from a variety of fields
to visit and speak about applications of the mathematical sciences. These free lectures, which began in the fall of 2008, are designed for talented high school students, area professionals, and other members of the public.
Math Competitions: Our students regularly participate in competitions in mathematical problem solving. The Virginia Tech Mathematics Competition and the Putnam Exam are national contests for individual students. The Math Modeling Competition
is a team effort, requiring a team to develop a mathematical model of a “real-world” situation and present their solution in a written report. Our students typically have done well in both team and individual competitions.
Labs: The O’Toole Math Lab in Pasteur 104 and the smaller math lab in Pasteur 106 are important components of our teaching, especially for mathematics major courses. The first-year calculus courses and other courses feature exploratory
computer work to develop understanding of the concepts and the applications. Our software includes Maple and Geometer’s Sketchpad. The amount of computer usage in our courses exceeds that at most schools, which we feel is important for future