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Mathematics Research

Senior Research

One of the goals of the Math Department is to increase the ability of every student to research and solve problems. Every math major, regardless of emphasis, completes a senior research project as part of a two semester research sequence.

During the first semester, the student works with faculty members to explore mathematical research and develop a research project. In the second semester, the student works closely with a faculty member to carry out the project.

Finally, the results of the project are shared in the form of thesis and a presentation at MindExpo, Doane University's undergraduate research symposium, or at the Doane University Symposium in Undergraduate Math (SUM).

Past senior research projects include:

  • Kayli King Statistical Study of Scoring in GPAC Women's Soccer
  • Kayla Bamesberger Mathematics Behind KenKen Puzzles
  • Teylor Wolfe   Team Fortress 2 and Game Theory
  • Matraisha Fuchs  Top Ten Most Influential Mathematicians in Elementary Algebra

Summer Research

Spend your summer getting paid to work on math!

You can work on research as part of the Doane University Summer Research Program. You will work with a faculty member to develop a summer math project and receive a stipend! 

Summer research projects include:

  • Amy Hung and Austin Uden How to play Don't Break the Ice
  • Emily Alfs  An exploration of small puzzles related to 31derful

Contact any Faculty Member to discuss a project!

Symposium in Undergraduate Math

Doane University's annual Symposium in Undergraduate Mathematics (SUM), a forum for presentation and celebration of undergraduate student projects in mathematics. For the purpose of this event, "research" is defined very broadly: original research, survey articles, literature reviews, historical expositions, statistical papers, etc. This is a great opportunity for students who have participated in math-related research projects to present their work to a larger audience of peers, and provides motivation and inspiration to younger math students who may be participating in such projects in the future.

The next SUM is scheduled for Thursday, April 9th, 2020.

For more information, please contact Peggy Hart, Associate Professor of Mathematics at