Resources for Current Students
How to start doing research in mathematics at IWU:
- The first step is to talk to the individual professors in the Mathematics Department.
Ask them what kind of research they do, and if they have any problems for students
to work on. Every research project is different.
- Talk to students who are currently conducting mathematical research. View the current list.
- There are also many opportunities to do research off-campus, especially during the
Slides from a presentation by Tung Nguyen, IWU class of 2015. This is an overview of graduate school in mathematics (or any
quantitative field). Topics that are included: how to determine if grad school is
the right choice for you, how to apply, and how to navigate the first year.
This is an introduction to using the mathematical typesetting language LaTeX. Steven Lachowski '15, Jacob Henry '16, and Matt Kellett '16 contributed significantly to this manual.LaTeX Templates
Dr. Drici: Mathematical Modeling templates
Dr. Roberts: Techniques of Proof template, Linear Algebra template
These resources are for anyone interested in the actuarial science profession. Both
were written and generously made available by Derek England, IWU class of 2015. The documents are particularly useful for IWU students, and include information
on specific courses that address basic knowledge that is required to become an actuary.
This includes information on which courses to take to prepare for actuarial exams.
A guide for TAs of mathematics courses and math Lab TAs. Jacob Henry '16 was the main author of this document.
Mathematica is a powerful piece of software that is used worldwide by mathematicians and others
who perform technical computing. IWU has a site license for Mathematica, and many of our TAs and Lab Monitors in the math department are trained in using
Mathematica is available in computer labs E202, E204, and E210, as well as in the library. IWU
students and faculty can install Mathematica free of charge on their personal computers. Instructions for obtaining
maintained by the
Resources for Student Research
This is a database containing reviews and references to millions of research articles
in mathematics. It is one of the most useful tools that a mathematical researcher
has. The Ames Library maintains a subscription. If you are having trouble accessing
the database, then try entering through the library's website here.
Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Sciences Librarian
Stephanie maintains this webpage full of resources for sifting through the extensive research literature of mathematics.
Sources of funding
Beling summer research students. The mathematics department supports 2-3 students
each summer through funds made available by the Earl and Marian Beling Professorship
of Natural Science held by Professor He. If you are currently conducting research
with a faculty member and are interested in working through the summer, then let your
research advisor know.
Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists. This is a competitive university-wide program that provides summer support for
research students. Applications are submitted jointly with faculty members.
REUs. These are Research Experiences for Undergraduates. There are approximately 50 running throughout the United States every
summer. Applications are typically due late in the fall semester or early in the
spring semester before the summer you wish to participate. Housing is provided, as
well as stipends ranging from $2500-$6000. The American Mathematical Society maintains
a list of current REUs.