Why Undergraduate Research?
Opportunities to develop analytical thinking abilities are essential ingredients in an undergraduate degree program. Competent training in critical thought will keep St. Norbert students competitive with their peers at other institutions. More than ever, a holistic and interdisciplinary education is important for our students’ success beyond the classroom. Mathematics, with its inherent ties to the natural and social sciences, is an ideal field for students to develop collaborative critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The benefits of undergraduate research at St. Norbert lie within the tradition of the College’s mission, which insists we provide an educational environment that is intellectually, spiritually, and personally challenging. Specifically, the National Council on Undergraduate Research outlines that a student research experience
- Enhances student learning through mentor relationships with faculty
- Increases retention in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pipeline
- Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
- Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual independence
- Promotes an innovation-oriented culture.
Projects can also serve community interests, in addition to offering an engaging preparation for our students that plan to be future teachers of mathematics. St. Norbert College continually maintains a reputation as a leader with a unique tradition of academic excellence. A summer research program at the College provides an opportunity to showcase that spirit in a partnership with faculty, students, scholastic inquiry, and mathematics.
Summer Research Support
Typically, two students will be awarded Poss-Wroble Fellowships each summer. The fellowships pay each student $4000 for 8 weeks of full time work arranged with the assigned faculty mentor in the Mathematics Discipline at St. Norbert College. The program ends with dissemination of the fellow’s summer research in early August at the national MathFest meeting. The Poss-Wroble Fellows are also required to present their work at the Pi Mu Epsilon Regional Undergraduate Math Conference on the SNC campus in November. Eligible students may receive on-campus housing while in the summer research program at no expense to them. While participating in the program, students can take on no other gainful employment or enroll in a summer course without the written approval of the faculty research mentor.
Applications will be made available by an email to all declared math majors and minors mid-March each year. Announcements will also be made by instructors in their spring math courses at the time the application becomes available. By mid-April, students must complete the Poss-Wroble Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Mathematics application and submit it to Dr. Leiterman. Students will be notified if they have been selected by email no later than the end of April. Those accepted who have been awarded on-campus housing must then fill out the online paperwork for summer housing by the St. Norbert College Department of Residential Life’s deadline.
Applications for Summer 2023 will be accepted in April, 2023.