Student-Faculty Collaboration and REU’s

A variety of opportunities to interact with faculty on and off campus, including student research experiences, are possible.

Recent student/Allegheny faculty collaborations and journal articles:

  • “Whitehead graphs and separability in rank two”
  • “Normal weighted composition operators on the Dirichlet space”
  • “Some nonsimple modules for centralizer algebras of the symmetric group”

NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) Programs and publications:

  • Lafayette College, University of Tennessee, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Northern Arizona University
  • “How far is an HFD from a UFD?”
  • “Generating functions and Wilf equivalence for generalized interval embeddings”

William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

Each year several Allegheny math majors participate in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the premier national undergraduate mathematics problem-solving competition, which attracts the best and brightest mathematics majors from across the nation. Allegheny successes on the Putnam exam include a recent team rank of 112 out of 586 institutions (with a top team rank of 43 out of 557 institutions), and scores in the top 500. The Allegheny Putnam team is coached by a faculty member in the mathematics department.

Honors and Prizes

Outstanding academic achievement by majors is recognized through two prizes and three scholarships awarded annually by the department’s faculty.

Special Lectures

A lecture/seminar series by nationally known mathematicians is offered each year. Students have many opportunities for informal interaction with lecturers such as the editor of the American Mathematical Monthly, the president of the American Mathematical Society, and the president of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Independent Study

Students, working one-on-one with a faculty advisor, independently pursue areas of study not offered in the standard curriculum. This is good preparation for the Senior Project.


Dimensions, the student mathematics club, organizes social events, trips to professional conferences, and weekly discussion groups. Club members also gather to share career and graduate school information.

Allegheny’s Pennsylvania Sigma Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics society, holds a banquet each fall to recognize excellence among undergraduate students in mathematics.