Hands-On Learning

Problem solving in the Mathematics Learning Lab

Depending on where you want to go after Augustana, the mathematics department will provide hands-on learning experiences through internships, research projects and teaching opportunities.

Collaborate and research with fellow students in state-of-the-art classrooms giving you space to work right next to the open office doors of your professors. Our close-knit community means professors will know you by more than just a number and can help tailor your experience with hands-on learning opportunities that will give you a leg up on the competition after graduation.

Independent Projects

Mathematics majors have the opportunity to pursue independent projects and conduct research.

Some students recently involved:

Trent Anderson (Math/Physics/Chemistry, 2011): Trent used modeling software (STELLA) to construct a model of a disease spreading on a college campus. He was able to use the model to quite accurately represent the fall 2009 H1N1 outbreak on the Augustana campus. Trent presented his work at the Augustana Symposium in April 2011. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in chemistry at NDSU.

Nicole Winkler (Math, 2011): Nicole produced mathematical models of swarming in one and two dimensions. Her model is based on behavioral characteristics of the swarming organisms which explain swarming behavior. Nicole traveled to California to present her results in 2010. She is currently employed with a national actuarial science firm.


Located on the second level of the new Froiland Science Complex, the mathematics department provides numerous spaces for research and learning. Study with friends in the Mathematics Learning Lab and enjoy wall to wall chalkboards and write-on glass in addition to being adjacent to your professors' offices. Students will have access to other research and education rooms where they are free to use math programs and databases like MathSciNet and Maple. In addition, the Mikkelsen Library holds more than 17,000 volumes of books and journals on our subject, and we have access to much more material electronically and through interlibrary loan.

The dedicated PC lab in the Froiland Science Complex is open many hours every day.

About research experiences off-campus.