Programs & Activities



AfterMath is a Friday afternoon gathering of students and faculty to discuss mathematical problems and issues. It′s also a chance to have some free pizza. Take a look at some AfterMath Topics.

Hendrix-Rhodes-Sewanee Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium

The Hendrix-Rhodes-Sewanee Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium is an annual gathering of mathematics faculty and students from Hendrix College, Rhodes College, and the University of the South at Sewanee. Rhodes hosts this event every other year and will host the 2013-2014 symposium. The springtime symposium traditionally begins with a Friday evening meal and an invited speaker. Saturday morning is then devoted to the primary reason for the symposium: student talks. Undergraduates from the three schools give short talks (typically 15 minutes) on a variety of topics. The topics can range from research that the student has worked on with a faculty advisor or during a summer REU to expository papers on results obtained from class assignments. In a typical year there are about 10-12 talks given by students of all academic class standings, first-year through senior. Interested students should talk to one of their professors for more information. (Brief history of the HRS Symposium.)

ACM Programming Contest

The ACM Programming Contest is an international intercollegiate competition sposored jointly by the Association for Computing Machinery and IBM. The competition provides college students with an opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen their problem-solving and computing skills. Regional competitions are held each year on the first Saturday of November. Teams are usually formed in September. For more information about the contest itself, go to the ACM Programming Contest Web page.

Putnam Mathematics Competition

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the premier mathematical competition for undergraduate in North America. The competition is designed to promote intercollegiate rivalry in mathematical studies between colleges and universities of the United States and Canada. Over 2,500 contestants from over 400 institutions participate in the Putnam competition, typically offered on the first Saturday of each December. Students at Rhodes have scored well in the past.

Off-Campus Programs

Students are encouraged to participate in off-campus programs, especially summer programs, some of which are listed below. Deadlines for summer programs usually come early in the Spring semester; semester programs deadlines are usually in March/April (for Fall) and October/November (for Spring). Be sure to consult the individual program for more information, eligibility guidelines and specific deadlines. Note that many programs require at least some experience with advanced material so plan your courses accordingly.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs

REU summer programs are sponsored by the NSF at various universities throughout the United States. See the MAA page for Mathematics REUs, or the AMS REU list. For computer science and mathematics, see the NSF list of REU programs.

Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (SUMSRI)
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Math in Moscow Program
Mathematics Advanced Study Semester (MASS)
U.S. Department of Energy Science Education Programs
ACM list of internship programs for Computer Science
AMS list of internship programs for Mathematics
MAA list of summer opportunities for Mathematics