The department would like to encourage a sense of community among majors, faculty and grad students. If you have an idea that would help promote interactions, send it to Dr. Blake Thornton -- we’re open to all sorts of things if students are willing to join in, attend (and perhaps help organize).
Past experience shows that very often such events work best if they come from "the bottom up" rather than from "the top down." For some events, the Department can supply refreshments or drinks.
- Spend time in the Undergraduate Lounge when others are there
- Attend some Math Club meetings—you should get information about meetings by e-mail and you can also look for meeting announcements on the UG web page.
- Get involved with WUAC--the Washington University Actuarial Club
- Check information on the undergraduate web page every week or so to look for upcoming events. Also check the Departmental Events page
- If you enjoy younger student (middle school/junior high level), consider providing some math enrichment via Math Circles.
- Form a study group with a few others from one of your classes
- Go to your instructors' office hours: even if you're doing well in the course, you can come up with a genuine question to ask about the material. Sometimes these encounters lead to all kinds of other interesting conversations once you get to recognize each other.
- Offer to work as a grader for some course (best time to ask is in the mid to late summer), or as a PLTL group leader (applications usually in March for the following academic year. Contact Dr. Blake Thornton
- There will be a Departmental Awards Ceremony near the end of each spring semester. This is an occasion to make teaching awards to faculty and graduate students, present undergraduate prizes, and recognize other achievements. And again, there’s lots of good food. We’ll let you know when it’s happening.
- There will be a Math Department Open House for graduating senior majors and their families on the Thursday before Commencement (on Friday).Teas are most often at 3:45-4:15 p.m. on Thursdays in the Department Lounge (room 200). Usually, there are some drinks and light snacks like chips and salsa or cookies. Sometimes the food is more elaborate. But you can always check the schedule by looking at the Events page. Most people there will be faculty and grad students. So if you’re shy, be sure to bring another UG major along with you.
Finally, consider coming to one of the department teas which precede colloquium talks. These talks are usually research level and beyond the reach of most undergraduates (and beyond a lot of graduate students, too) but undergraduate majors are welcome just to attend the tea and not the talk.