You may soon face the decision of where to go for your post secondary education. We encourage you to consider a small private college. In fact, more of the current Ph.D.s in the sciences came from small colleges than from state universities. The reason may be the personal attention students receive at small colleges or the encouragement by the faculty of the undergraduate students (not just the graduate students) to explore mathematical and scientific research with projects and papers.
At Elmhurst College your prior education can be put to good use in our curriculum. We offer courses that will prepare you for graduate school, medical and dental schools, teaching, actuarial sciences, and industry. An unusual aspect of our curriculum is our senior paper/project. In your senior year at Elmhurst College you would take two special courses to help you write your senior paper/project. Some of our student papers have included such diverse topics as "Walking in the Rain" (a mathematical analysis of whether it is better to walk or run), "A Scheduling Problem" (the development and implementation of an algorithm to assist in scheduling classes), and "The Determination of an Angle-dependent Function to be used to Approximate Cellular Cross-sectional Area" (the mathematical analysis of a student-developed concept involving evaluation of data from the College's electron microscopes). A complete list of our student papers in mathematics can be found at Student Papers .
You have the talent and, we hope, the inclination to continue your studies in mathematics and the sciences. A degree in mathematics or the natural sciences is not an easy degree. Mathematics and science are challenging and beautiful. It is only by meeting the challenge that the beauty may be appreciated and understood to its depths.
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Last modified: June 1998 by Jon L. Johnson