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Teaching Assistant Meredith Hovis in Brace Lab.

The Department of Mathematics provides an excellent environment in which to study mathematics. We have approximately 270 full-time undergraduate majors, 100 secondary education majors seeking their endorsement in mathematics, 83 full-time graduate students in our master’s and Ph.D. programs, and an additional 4,000 students taking mathematics courses to support their degree programs. The faculty of 38 share a strong commitment to high quality, in both teaching and research, and offer a diversity of interests that include the major areas of modern mathematics. Almost all courses at or above the calculus level are taught by the faculty, rather than graduate students or part-time instructors.

Most undergraduate mathematics majors are from the upper quartile of their high schools, and they share a strong interest in the mathematical sciences. But they are also a diverse group. There are almost as many students from small towns and rural areas as there are from the larger urban areas. Also, about one-third of the students are women. In addition to mathematics, their academic interests cover the spectrum from the traditional sciences to teaching to business to the arts. Their career goals are just as varied. Some plan to attend graduate school in mathematics, some intend to go to professional school and others want to enter the job market after receiving their bachelor's degree. Please peruse our site or contact our undergraduate advisor, Doug Pellatz, with questions.

The department prides itself on the attention it pays to its graduate students by involving them in the full range of activities – research, teaching, and outreach – in which the department engages. We provide a wide array of professional development in addition to classes and research. Our graduates are prepared for a wide range of careers and have an excellent job-placement track record. Please contact our graduate program with questions.

The College of Arts and Sciences is Nebraska's oldest and largest college. In addition to offering more than 50 majors and minors, the College of Arts and Sciences supports the degree programs of students in every college by providing the vast majority of their collateral and elective courses. This ensures that every Nebraska graduate's technical knowledge will be supported by a framework of communication skills, creative reasoning, and social awareness. The College's impact is not limited to the campus community, however, as many College of Arts and Sciences faculty are nationally recognized experts, performers, artists, and acclaimed authors.

STEM CONNECT Scholarship

  • STEM CONNECT awards scholarships to and provides community support to academically talented, low-income students with interest in careers that require strong skills in mathematics or computer science.
  • STEM CONNECT Scholarships are need-based, with a maximum of $8,000/year. A student’s financial need is determined by U.S. Department of Education rules based on information provided with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.
  • Scholarships are renewable subject to the program’s eligibility criteria for up to four total years at UNL or for two years at SCC or WNCC. SCC and WNCC students who transfer to UNL are eligible for two additional years of support at UNL.
  • Applications are now open to students who are currently enrolled at SCC or WNCC. SCC and WNCC students should apply here.
  • If you transfer to UNL, you must be majoring in mathematics, computer science, computer engineering, or software engineering at the time the scholarship is awarded.
  • Scholars must maintain a 2.75 GPA in their first year of college or their first year after transferring to UNL and at least a 3.0 GPA in subsequent years. See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional eligibility information.

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