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Activities and Opportunities for UH Math Students

Organizations, Events, and Resources

The UH Math Department offers a number of opportunities and extracurricular activities for math majors.

  1. The Problem of the Week

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    Contact Person: Dr. Will Ott

    There are two problems posted per week -- one aimed at undergrads and requiring minimal background; one suitable for advanced undergrads and graduate students. Prizes are awarded to top solvers of the semester.

  2. UH Science Club

    Contact People: Dr. Daniel Onofrei and Dr. Andrei Török

    Provides opportunities for all STEM students to participate in group activities offered through the Department of Mathematics. It is a cohort of faculty and students who enjoy solving mathematical problems in unconventional ways. This club meets weekly, and is comprised of math enthusiasts from a wide range of disciplines.

  3. The Putnam Team at UH

    Contact Person: Dr. Andrei Török

    The Putnam Exam is a national math competition for college students. Each year on the first Saturday in December, over 2,000 college students throughout the U.S. spend six hours (in two sittings) trying to solve 12 math problems. Individual and team winners (and their schools) are named and cash prizes and fellowships are awarded to the top scorers. UH, like many other schools throughout the U.S., has a group of students that meets regularly throughout the fall semester to work on problems and practice for the annual exam. See the national Putnam Exam website, for more information about the exam itself.

  4. The Undergraduate Math Colloquium

    Contact People: Dr. Daniel Onofrei and Dr. Andrei Török

    This is a lecture series of mathematics talks given by nationally renowned researchers and accessible to an undergraduate audience.

  5. Pi Mu Epsilon (National Honor Society and UH Math Club)

    Contact Person: Dr. Mark Tomforde

    Pi Mu Epsilon is the national honor society in mathematics, and the UH chapter also serves as the math department's Undergraduate Math Club. Pi Mu Epsilon organizes several events for math majors throughout the semester, and you can view a schedule of events here. The Pi Mu Epsilon meetings are open to all students.
  6. teachHOUSTON 


    teachHOUSTON is committed to combatting the shortage of qualified math and science teachers in our country and emphasizes early and on-going field-based teaching experiences while students are working to attain a bachelor’s degree in math or science.

    The program is open to undergraduate mathematics and science majors interested in secondary STEM teaching or who want to expand their professional skills. Students graduate in four years with a degree in math or science as well as teacher certification.

  7. "Meet and Greet" at the beginning of each semester

    Contact Person: Tai McAlister

    At the beginning of each semester, the math department has a "Meet and Greet" for all math students and faculty. The department makes any relevant announcements to students, provides food and drink, and creates an opportunity for students and faculty to interact in a social environment.

  8. The Math Alliance

    Contact Person: Dr. Mark Tomforde

    The Math Alliance is an organization whose goal is to encourage and provide opportunities for members of under-represented groups who wish to pursue graduate studies in mathematics or a mathematically-related field. It consists of an alliance of colleges and universities throughout the U.S., and the UH Math Department is a member. Students may join the Math Alliance as Alliance Scholars. Benefits of membership include a newsletter advertising professional opportunities, access to a network of mentors, eligibility for scholarships and summer programs, and the opportunity to apply to attend the annual Math Alliance Conference (called the Field of Dreams Conference). Each year, Dr. Tomforde accompanies 5 to 10 UH undergraduate students to the Math Alliance's annual conference.

  9. Mathematics Undergraduate Student Lounge (MUSL)

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    Contact Person: Ms. Tai McAlister

    M.U.S.L. (Mathematics Undergraduate Student Lounge) 11 Fleming (Suite): This is located in the basement of Fleming, where you can study, work with a group, or relax with friends. M.U.S.L. is shared with a supported graduate student office, as well as three additional faculty offices. So please be cordial and keep in mind that this is also a working space. There are two white boards (one for each lounge room: 11A and 11B) for your use and plenty of seating. The lounge currently accommodates 15 students (max capacity). M.U.S.L. is open to all Undergraduate Math Majors at the University of Houston.  If you have questions regarding the availability of the lounge, please contact Ms. Tai McAlister.  Rules for M.U.S.L. are available.

Volunteer and Teaching Opportunities

  1. Cougars and Houston Area Math Program (CHAMP)

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    Contact Person: Dr. Mark Tomforde

    CHAMP is an outreach program that brings high school students from underserved communities into direct contact with professors and students on the University of Houston campus for hands-on, weekly math lessons and activities. CHAMP lessons are designed to generate excitement, expose students to topics they often do not see in the classroom, and encourage the students to apply to college and major in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). CHAMP puts the high school students into direct contact with professors, graduate students, and undergraduates, all whom serve as teachers and mentors for the students. Any professors, graduate students, or undergraduates may volunteer to be involved.

  2. UH Math Circle

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    Contact Person: Bekki George

    The Math Circle brings advanced high school students to the UH campus once per month to work on enrichment topics in mathematics. Any professors, graduate students, or undergraduates may volunteer to be involved.

  3. Undergraduate Peer Facilitators

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    Application Deadline: 2/20/17
    Contact People: Bekki George and Moses Sosa

    Undergraduate Peer Facilitators will work alongside graduate TAs to better facilitate learning and individualized instruction in 3 hours of lab meetings for Calculus I in the fall and in the spring. Teaching assistants will attend a short meeting each week meeting with the course lecture instructor to discuss curriculum for the week and a summer training session a week before the semester begins to discuss teaching methods with an instructional facilitator. Teaching assistants will be required to attend the lecture course as well. A stipend of $2,000 per semester will be provided.

  • Students must have earned an A- or A in both Calculus I and Calculus II
  • Students must have taken at least 6 hours of MATH above Calculus II and earned at least an A-
  • Students must have a cumulative 3.25 GPA with a minimum of a MATH 3.5 GPA  

  1. High School Math Contest

    Contact Person: Dr. Jeff Morgan

    The UH Math Department hosts an annual Math contest for students across the state. Many mathematics undergraduate participate as graders or helpers. If you would like to volunteer, contact Dr. Jeff Morgan for more information.

Professional Societies

There are several professional societies for mathematicians. The two main professional societies are the AMS and the MAA:

In addition to the AMS and MAA, some other popular mathematics societies with more specialized roles are the following:

  • The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) exists to ensure the strongest interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities.
  • The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) encourages women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and promotes equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.
  • The American Statistical Association (ASA) is the nation's leading professional association for statistics. Also see their Flyer for Undergraduate Resources.
  • The Society of Actuaries (SOA) is an educational, research, and professional organization dedicated to serving the public and Society members. The SOA's vision is for actuaries to be the leading professionals in the measurement and management of risk.
  • The American Academy of Actuaries (AAA) is a professional association whose mission is to serve the public and the U.S. actuarial profession. Academy members include consultants, corporate executives and staff, regulators, government officials, academicians, and retired actuaries. Their areas of practice cover pensions, life insurance, casualty insurance, health insurance, financial reporting, risk management, and more.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Here are a number of scholarships and fellowships that UH Math Majors can apply for, either to assist with paying for college or for graduate school.

  • Scholarships administered by the Math Department.
  • The Barry Goldwater Scholarship (with application information) is a scholarship that college students can apply for during their sophomore or juniors years. It provides financial support for your following year of undergraduate education (either junior or senior year). The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is a nationally renowned award and considered highly prestigious.
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship awards up to $30,000 scholarships to students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. The Truman Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service oriented nonprofit organizations. Applicants must be full-time juniors intending to graduate in the following academic year and be U.S. citizens or naturals. Applicants should have a strong academic and leadership record and have public service related experiences and goals. Candidates must be nominated by their university and may not apply directly. Each university may nominate only four students per year. You can find the UH Faculty Representative for the Truman Scholarship here. (At the time of this writing UH Faculty Representative is Karen Weber and you can contact her for more information or to ask to be nominated.)
  • The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship is a scholarship for minority undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.
  • A List of Scholarships for Prospective Actuaries maintained by the Actuarial Foundation.
  • The Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship for women planning to enter statistically oriented professions.
  • The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program provides $10,000 for undergraduate or graduate students studying to become math teachers in exchange for teaching at a "high needs" secondary school for two years after graduation.

  • Scholarships and Fellowships for undergraduates who are going to graduate school

    1. National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
      The National Science Foundation provides fellowships to students pursuing graduate study in mathematics or science. These are often considered one of the most prestigious fellowships.
    2. Hertz Foundation Fellowships
      The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation provides unique financial and fellowship support to the nation's most remarkable Ph.D. students in the physical, biological, and engineering sciences. Fellowships are free of most traditional restrictions.
    3. The Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
      Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
    4. The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
      The Department of Defense awards NDSEG Fellowships to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics or science fields.
    5. The National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships
      The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.