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2018 LSU AP Calculus Practice Test Day, Test Dates to be announced. Full length practice tests in AP Calculus AB and BC will be offered under exam-day conditions. For more information and register on line at: http://www.mathcircle.us/outreach or email: contact@mathcircle.us" Mailing address: Steven Olsen, 303 Lockett Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La. 70803. Phone: 225-892-1981.

Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta State Convention, March 22 - March 24, 2018. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton rouge, La.

alternative text SCUDEM (Student Competition Using Differential Equations Modeling). Differential Equations Competition! If you like doing Diff. Eq, try out for the undergrad team!

Coming soon! Differential Equations Competition, Sat. April 21, 2018. This is student undergraduate competition using Differential Equation Modeling. All Differential Equations students are invited to join and be on the team. More Information coming soon!

This web page addresses the most common questions asked by undergraduate and high school students, parents, and teachers and gives links to webpages for further information.

LSU HIGH SCHOOL MATH CONTEST, March 18, 2017.
LSU Math Contest Winners.

The winners for 2016 are Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Natchitoches Central High School, Jesuit High School, The Dunham School, Claiborne Christian School, Patrick F. Taylor and Technology Academy, St. Amant High School, LSU Lab School, MSA academy-east, Natchitoches Central High School, Metairie Park Country Day School. Please click link to the math contest website for 2016 results.

SUMMER MATH CIRCLE: Math Circle, June 5th - June 30th, 2017

This is a 4 week math summer program. Interested rising 9th-12th graders who love math and want to learn more. This is the summer program for you. Application deadline is April 7th, 2017. Email: contact@mathcircle.us Steven Olsen Phone: 225-892-1981.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Pasquale Porcelli Lecture Series Special Lecture Series. Guest Speaker: Ken Ono, Emory University. Gems of Ramanujan and their Lasting Impact on Mathematics. Time: 3:30pm-4:20pm 130 Howe-Russell. This particular lecture is geared for high school students. Abstract: Ramanujan's work has has a truly transformative effect on modern mathematics, and continues to do so as we understand further lines from his letters and notebooks. In this lecture, some of the studies of Ramanujan that are most accessible to the general public will be presented and how Ramanujan's findings fundamentally changed modern mathematics, and also influenced the lecturer's work, will be discussed. The speaker is an Associate Producer of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) about Ramanujan. He will share several clips from the film in the lecture.


Studying mathematics at LSU

Advice to undergraduate mathematics students

The general undergraduate mathematics webpage can be linked to from the main mathematics webpage.

If you have any questions about the undergraduate program in mathematics at LSU, you may talk to Mrs. Soula O'Bannon in the mathematics department (+1 225 578 1617).

If you are a math major, you should find a faculty advisor. This should be someone who cares about your career and is willing to take the time to help you understand your options for a career after graduation and to plan your courses to achieve your goals. You may approach one of your professors, or Mrs. O’Bannon can help you find an advisor.

Get involved in an undergraduate research project with a professor sooner than later.

Academic support

Center for Academic Success offers strategies for test taking, time management, good note taking, and more.

There are a variety of tutoring services available. Mrs. O'Bannon has a list of peer students who tutor for pay, and you can check Center for Academic Success for free tutoring in entry-level courses.

Student Support Services is a federally funded Trio grant program that primarily serves students who are first generation AND low-income. We also serve students who have disabilities.

We have partnered with the Olinde Career Center, who is sponsoring five $300 book scholarships for our students. Students apply by completing an application, a needs assessment, a short autobiography, and submitting tax forms from the last year where the student is listed as an dependent in the household. We only accept freshmen during the summer before their incoming year, as we require them to take the UC 0006 study skills/life skills course that we teach. Upperclassmen can apply any time with Craig Winchell in 136 Allen Hall.

Undergraduate research in mathematics

Many professors in the Mathematics Department mentor undergraduate students in projects that help them learn what doing research is like. Often, a project culminates in a poster presentation by the student at one of LSU's research presentation forums. Students who are engaged in research develop mathematical maturity that cannot be learned in a classroom setting, and they gain perspective on the career possibilities in mathematics. You can see some examples of student projects here. Professor Michael Malisoff is mentoring his students on projects in Robitics. here.

If you have some form of funding, such as Chancellor's Aid, to work on campus, a research project counts as employment.

Students find mentors by word of mouth or by getting to know a professor. You may also talk to Soula O'Bannon for suggestions.

Some students become involved in interdisciplinary research through the Capstone Course and the Math Consultation Clinic.

If you are involved in Geaux Teach, you may be eligible to apply for a Robert Noyce Summer Research Internship.

CxC Courses

The Communication Across the Curriculum program at LSU CxC offers courses that are certified "communication intensive". You may see an example of a CxC math course here.

The College of Science offers guidance and technical support in Studio 151.

Our present CI certified courses are Math 2030 and Math 2060 and the Capstone Course math 4020, Courses are certified for instructors who have developed a course that has been approved as CI by the CxC program.

Mathematics education programs

The teacher certification program for undergraduate mathematics majors is called Geaux Teach.

The website of the Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy will inform you about the many other educational programs in mathematics that LSU offers.

Activities in mathematics

Check out the plenitude of activities such as the Math Club, Actuarial Student Association, Putnam competition, and "Greek" organizations, that go on in the LSU math department.

Awards and scholarships

There is a variety of Awards and Scholarships available to mathematics majors. Be aware of them so that you do not miss out on an opportunity.

Independent and distance learning

LSU Distant Learning offers courses, both for college credit and non-college credit. These courses give the student flexibility in time to complete the course. Refer to this link.

Check with the University or College that you are attending to make sure it will accept the course and check if it will accept the course done on-line. Many colleges (College of Business, College of Engineering) want students to sit in a real class.


Transferring from other institutions to LSU

For information on how to transfer from another school, contact the Office of Enrollment Management to determine your eligibility for admission. Regulations differ depending on whether you are an entering freshman, a transfer student, a re-entry, or a re-entry returning after leaving LSU for another institution. Coursework taken at another institution must be reviewed for acceptance for credit at LSU.


Information for high school students, parents, teachers, and counselors

Activities for high school students in math

In the annual summer high school Math Circle people have fun with math.

LSU hosts an annual High School Mathematics Contest.

LaΜΑΘ is the Louisiana chapter of the National Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. There is active participation at high schools such as Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Destrehan High School, Academy of our Lady New Orleans, Bolton High School in Alexandria, Brother Martin High School, New Orleans, Archbishop Rummel High School, New Orleans, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, The Ursuline Academy New Orleans, Archbishop Chapelle High School, Metairie, St. Mary's Dominican High School, New Orleans, St. Paul's High School, Covington, Mandeville High School, Mandeville, McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, Fontainbleau High School Mandeville, Vestavia Hills High School in Alabama, Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport, Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport, Archbishop Shaw High school in Marrero, La., Alfred Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School in Kenner, La., Pope John Paul II High School Slidell, LSU University Laboratory School Baton Rouge, Oakdale High School Oakdale, La., Westgate High School New Iberia, La. Airline High School Bossier City,La. Archbishop Hannan High School Covington, La. De La Salle High School New Orleans, La The Dunham School Baton Rouge, La. Christian Life Academy Baton Rouge, La. Lee Magnet High School Baton Rouge, La/ Zachary High School Zachary, La. Grace King High School Harvey, La. Jesuit High School New Orleans, La. Lakeshore High School Mandeville, La. St. Amant High SchoolSt. Amant, La. Barbe High School Lake Charles, La. Ponchatoula High SchoolPonchatoula, La. Abbeville High School Abbeville, La. Pascagoula High School Pascagoula, Ms. Woodlawn High School Baton Rouge, La.

LSU has done activities with the Math Club of Kenilworth Science & Technology Middle School. Friendship Capitol High SchoolBaton Rouge.

Testing into math courses

This link will answer your questions about testing into courses through the ACT, SAT, AP, CLEP, and IB exams and the ALEKS test for testing into calculus.

Getting ready for college

The LSU College Readiness and Dual Enrollment Program was created to help prepare students for success in college.

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