Activities in the Math and Stats Department

The department sponsors, supports, and encourages a variety of activities, mathematical, statistical or otherwise, for students interested in mathematics or statistics (or both!) Here are a few examples.


The department offers a colloquium series featuring mathematicians or statisticians from around the country. The colloquia offer students a glimpse at the many faces of mathematics or statistics and an exposure to a wide range of lecture styles. Check the Goodsell Gazette for times and locations.

The Goodsell Gazette

The Goodsell Gazette is the official newsletter of the mathematics and statistics department. The GG is published weekly and contains information about departmental activities, employment and schooling opportunities, the Problem-of-the-Week and other news. The editor of the GG is a faculty member and the circulation manager is the department administrative assistant. Each year one or two students are hired to be Assistant Editors.

Problem Solving

The department sponsors several problem solving activities. A regular feature of the GG is the Problem-of-the-Week section. Solutions are posted and solvers are acknowledged in the GG.

The department also convenes a problem-solving group. This group meets weekly to work on problems. In the fall, the problem-solving group gears its activities for the annual William Lowell Putnam Prize Examination in Mathematics. The Putnam Exam is taken by over 2300 individuals and 400 teams. Carleton students have done very well on the Putnam, and the 1994-95 team placed 13th, tops among four-year colleges.

Tutoring and Paper Grading

The Math Skills Center, under the guidance of Russ Petricka, employs tutors who assist students in lower-division mathematics or statistics courses. In addition, majors may have the opportunity to work as tutors in classes in the Northfield Public Schools in grades 2-7.

Also, we have many positions available each term for paper graders for our mathematics or statistics courses. We also hire students to staff the statistics labs.

Anyone interested in tutoring, paper grading, or being a lab assistant should contact Sue Jandro.

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon holds a regional conference each fall and spring. Interested students can take this opportunity to spend part of a weekend (usually Friday afternoon and Saturday) to hear a specially selected speaker as well as student talks. Transportation, housing, and meals are all provided by either the department or the host college. This is a great chance to meet math majors from other colleges. You might even consider trying your hand at giving a talk.

Northfield Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium

The Northfield Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium is an annual event sponsored jointly by Carleton and St. Olaf. See this year's research projects.