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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Jee Koh
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?

The director of undergraduate studies for the mathematics department acts as the coordinator of the honors program and also serves as the advisor to honors students.

2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program? How are students recruited for your program? May students recommend themselves?

The core of the honors program in mathematics is the collection of S-courses beginning with S212, Honors Calculus, and proceeding through 400-level courses, such as S403, Honors Algebra. A placement test is given to incoming freshmen at orientation. All students with a strong interest in mathematics are encouraged to take honors courses. Students should consult with the instructor for the course before enrolling.

3. How does a student graduate with honors from your department?

The basic requirement for a honors degree in mathematics is an overall GPA of 3.3, and a GPA of 3.5 in mathematics. In addition, students are required to complete certain honors courses. Details are available from the mathematics department and are described in the COAS bulletin. Students whose programs do not satisfy all the requirements listed may, with permission of the Undergraduate Director, have particular requirements waved.

4. What courses do students take as juniors and before in order to prepare for working on the senior project? How are these honors seminars and courses typically conducted? What are the usual requirements in such courses?

In addition to taking the honors courses offered by the mathematics department, honors students are encouraged to take a variety of their mathematics courses before their senior year. Honors classes tend to have smaller enrollments than non-honors courses, and tend to emphasize theoretical aspects of the material will be that of most use to students interested in advanced study in mathematics.

Honors students are strongly encouraged to undertake an individual research project under the direction of a faculty member. Such students enroll in Mathematics S499. Work on these projects often starts in the spring of the junior year or in the summer between the junior and senior year. Interested students should consult with the director of the undergraduate studies.

5. Are there departmental resources available to support internships or research projects related to the senior project?

The department has one of the oldest and most prestigious REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) summer workshops in the country, and encourages the most talented students to apply for this stipend supported research experience. Additionally, we encourage students to apply for similar quality REU programs throughout the country. In addition, many of the honors students in mathematics work for the department as Undergraduate Intens (UGI's) assisting in lower level mathematics courses. These are paid positions.

6. How might the work required for an honors degree be particularly beneficial in future endeavors?

As mentioned above, honors courses tend to focus on aspects of the material which will be of the greatest benefit in advanced studies. This not only helps students in their advanced courses, but gives them insight into possible avenues for future work as well. In addition, by participating in honors courses students can work more closely with individual faculty members, and also develop more contacts with students with similar interests.

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