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Those in need of Mathematics Department support for a repeat waiver request should click here to send an email requesting departmental support. Please explain the circumstances behind your past attempts at the course and what you will do to find success in this next attempt. An emailed response confirming that support is given should be saved and uploaded to the Repeat Waiver Request Form submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS). UGS makes all final decisions regarding repeat waiver requests.
More information on ALEKS is available from the Office of Student Equity, Access, and Success at this link and from the Student Success Center at this link.
Mathematics Department Policies
 Mathematics ALEKS Score Policy  ALEKS scores must be earned within one (1) calendar year of the first day of classes. For a visual that outlines how this policy works, see our placement test expiration grid.

 For Summer 2024 Session 2, ALEKS scores must have been earned on or after 7/15/2023.
 For Fall 2024, ALEKS scores must have been earned on or after 9/3/2023.
 For Spring 2025, ALEKS scores must have been earned on or after 1/27/2024.
 For Summer 2025, Session 1, ALEKS scores must have been earned on or after 5/27/2024.
 For Summer 2025, Session 2, ALEKS scores must have been earned on or after 7/14/2024.
 For Fall 2025, ALEKS scores must have been earned on or after 9/2/2024.
 For Spring 2026, ALEKS scores must have been earned on or after 1/26/2025.
 Mathematics Course Permission Policy  In MATH114QR  MATH242/R, students must wait to be admitted via the WISER waitlist system if they wish to join a full course section. Instructors will not issue permission numbers to allow you entry into those courses. As noted in WISER, students looking for information on registering for a course (including a full one) should contact the Mathematics Department (email: math@umb.edu, phone: 6172876440, inperson: W03154)
 Mathematics Remote/Online Course Examination Policy  REMOTE (i.e., synchronous) courses must give their exams inperson on campus, including midterm and final examinations. ONLINE (i.e., asynchronous/via Blackboard) courses must have live virtual proctoring for all exams (e.g., Honorlock, Respondus, or another Departmentapproved alternative).
 Mathematics Department Advising Policy  Students with fewer than fifty (50) credits should seek advising from a professional/staff advisor (e.g., CSM Student Success Center), though they are welcome to speak with faculty members for guidance. After reaching the credit threshold, students should begin consulting with a faculty advisor in the Mathematics Department. Note: By the time a student who is a mathematics major has earned sixty (60) credits, they should declare their concentration using the General Program Add/Change Form (see: Registrar's Office). This will allow their degree audit to provide the most accurate information on program requirements while there is enough time to plan for a smooth passage to ontime completion. More information on concentrations is available on our tutoring and advising page.
Student Aids
 ALEKS Placement Test Expiration Grid  This chart provides a visual example of when an ALEKS placement test result can be used depending on when the result was achieved.
 Mathematics Course Prerequisite Guide  This chart provides detailed information about the prerequisites for all math courses from MATH114QR through MATH242.
 Course Sequence Diagram (MATH114QR  MATH242)  This diagram provides a visual representation of the course sequence for all mathematics courses from MATH114QR through MATH242. It is important to ensure you remain in sequence to avoid losing credit. More information on UMass Boston's course sequence policy is available from the Registrar's Office.
 Course Availability Chart  This chart provides a visual representation of which courses are provided during each of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters (we do not offer Winter courses).
 Course Availability List  This document lists the Mathematics Department courses in groups based on which semester(s) they are offered.
 Major Program Sequence Diagrams By College  These diagrams provide a sequence of mathematics courses required for most major programs in each college.
 Sample Syllabi Directory  This document has links to sample syllabi for many core Mathematics Department courses. A great resource for current students looking to learn more about a course and for guest students to have a document to provide to a home institution evaluating a course.
 Measurable Outcomes: Measurable outcomes are common learning expectations that have been implemented in many of the Mathematics Department's 100level courses. Information on measurable outcomes is available for the following courses:
 Information for Math Majors Slideshow  This slideshow provides some information for aspiring mathematics majors about our programs, future career opportunities, and tips to help you find success as a mathematics major.
Student Forms
 Credit Transfer Permission Form (DocuSign) Use this form to request permission to take a course at another institution and have it transferred into UMass Boston for credit. This is required if you have already matriculated to UMass Boston. You should make this request before taking the course, or there is not a guarantee the credits will be approved for transfer. Note that your major/program department must ultimately determine whether the transferred course will be valid for your major/program.
 Transfer Credit Appeal Form (Link) Use this to initiate an appeal of a course that has been transferred in for credit. Note: This is currently done through Admissions.
Math Text Editors
Below are free software solutions for producing mathematical and scientific documents:
 LaTeX is one of the most used software for producing scientific documents. Common TeX distributions like MikTeX and TexLive are available on all computing platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux). For those using Mac OSX, TeXShop is highly recommended. Additional LaTeX packages can be downloaded on the CTAN (Comprehensive Tex Archive Network).
 WinEdit is a powerful text editor for Windows geared towards LaTeX.
Math Computing
Below are free resources for mathematical computing:
 Mathematical software like Mathematica and Matlab is freely available through the University.
 CloudPC is a new service that gives streaming access to a cloudbased PC machine. CloudPC makes it possible to use software like Matlab, Mathematica, SAS, STATA, and SPSS remotely.
 Python is a widely used (free) programming language for allpurpose scientific computing.
 R is a popular free programming environment geared towards statistics. RStudio provides a convenient interface to baseR with additional features.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Math Associations
 American Mathematical Society (AMS). The AMS is the primary professional organization in mathematics in the USA. Its offerings are vast. The link above takes one directly to pages for students; we encourage exploration of other aspects of the AMS, including conferences, employment guides and free publications.
 Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The MAA works together with the AMS and places particularly strong emphasis on students, especially college mathematics students.
Math Conferences
 The University of Massachusetts at Amherst hosts an annual undergraduate research conference. For more information, click here.
 The Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (HRUMC) is an annual conference where undergraduates can present their mathematics research. In 2023, it took place at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. For more information, click here.

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has valuable resources on meetings and conferences accessible to students, for example MathFest.
Math Journals

Quanta Magazine  This is a relatively new magazine, offering articles on recent developments in mathematics and various sciences. It is distinguished in offering material covered in depth and, at the same time, in a widely accessible format.
 Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK12  This is a publication from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) that chronicles practices and policies related to mathematics education.
Math Tutoring
 The Taffee Tanimoto Mathematics Resource Center is our own inhouse tutoring service. For more information on the Tanimoto Center, contact TanimotoCenter@umb.edu or visit our tutoring and advising page.
 The Office of Student Equity, Access, and Success (SEAS) offers a variety of services to support student learning. Check out their tutoring programs page for more information.
Math Club
This Fall 2023, the Math Club will meet on Wednesdays from 2:303:30pm in M1420. Activities will include problemsolving sessions (with problems in math, probability, statistics and programming), presentations by students on mathrelated topics, interviews of faculty members about their research, Q&A with professionals from actuarial science, data science, finance, and more.
Officers: Donna Kimmel (President), Kayla Vu (Vice President), Michael Nee (Treasurer), Shreya Namana (Event Planner)
Recent Math Club Activities and Resources
 The sockpile problem
 The card pickup game
 The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)
 SCUDEM  SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equations Modeling
 The Riddler Social Network
 Chase on a Cube + Hat Problem
Here are math challenges for this week  courtesy of the Riddler at fivethirtyeight.com:
 The Fibonacci sequence begins with the numbers 1 and 1,2 with each new term in the sequence equal to the sum of the preceding two. The first few numbers of the Fibonacci sequence are 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on. One can also make variations of the Fibonacci sequence by starting with a different pair of numbers. For example, the sequence that starts with 1 and 3 is 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 18, 29, 47, 76 and so on. Generalizing further, a “tribonacci” sequence starts with three whole numbers, with each new term equal to the sum of the preceding three. Many tribonacci sequences include the number 2023. For example, if you start with 23, 1000 and 1000, then the very next term will be 2023. Your challenge is to find starting whole numbers a, b and c so that 2023 is somewhere in their tribonacci sequence, a ≤ b ≤ c, and the sum a + b + c is as small as possible.
 Every Christmas, Gary’s family has a gift exchange. There are 20 people in the gift exchange. In the first round, everyone writes down the name of a random person (other than themselves) and the names go in a hat. Then if two people randomly pick each other’s names out of that hat, they will exchange gifts, and they no longer participate in the drawing. The remaining family members go on to round two. Again, they write down the name of anyone left, and again, any two people who pick each other exchange gifts. This continues until everyone is paired up. And yes, if exactly two people remain, they still go through the process of selecting each other, even though they know who their partner will be. On average, what is the expected number of rounds until everyone is paired up?
Professional Development
Students pursue mathematics at UMass Boston to engage their love for the subject when they choose it as their major, to support their work in other disciplines, to prepare for careers in teaching, to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement, or to meet college distribution requirements.
Careers in Mathematics
 The American Mathematical Society (AMS) provides resources on careers in Mathematics. See also mathjobs.org.
 The American Statistical Association (ASA) offers information on careers in Statistics. See also thisisstatistics.org.
 Information on Data science careers can be found or example on kdnuggets.com and 365datascience.com.
Undergraduate Awards
The Taffee Tanimoto Award for Outstanding Service in Mathematics
This prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has particularly distinguished him or herself by being of service to classmates and the department. The prize honors Professor Taffee Tanimoto, who founded the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at UMass Boston in 1965 and was its chair for 11 years.
 2024: Kayla Vu, Dov Ellenbogen
 2023: Jackson Pierce
 2022: Paul F. Maynard
 2021: Oghosa Ohiomoba
 2020: Shuha Liu
 2017: Rory MartinHagemeyer
 2014: Phong Truong
 2013: Shira Kaminsky
 2012: Yuting Zeng
 2011: Doris E. Gilbert
 2010: Deanna Marie Crocker
 2009: Gregory Walsh Loftus
 2007: Alla Shved
 2005: Omid Fallahazad
 2004: Judith Freedman
 2003: Jovica Vuletic
 2002: Sarkis Daghlian, Naing Naing Maw
 2001: Angela Lilleystone
 1999: Eric A. Rich
 1998: Eric Michael Martin
 1996: Lara Kristin Wolf
 1995: William P. Perry
 1994: Shoshana Kostant
 1993: Tho Dinh Can
 1991: Yasuhiro Endo
The Juan Carlos Merlo Memorial Prize in Mathematics
This prize is awarded annually to a graduating mathematics student for outstanding achievement. The prize honors the memory of Professor Juan Carlos Merlo, a distinguished teacher and scholar who died in 1974 while in the service of the University of Massachusetts Boston.
 2024: Dov Ellenbogen
 2023: Jackson Pierce
 2022: Paul Rampino
 2021: Alexander Scott Killian
 2020: Jordan Cudmore Boswell
 2019: Jonah Stanley Greenberg
 2018: Isabel Frances Hancock, Yu Ling, Brian K. Lynn
 2017: Devon Elizabeth Hand, Rory MartinHagemeyer
 2016: Vincent Timothy Luczkow
 2015: Xuezhu Luan
 2014: Rob Moray
 2013: Shira Kaminsky, Michelle Grace Benoit
 2012: Joshua R. Rosenberg
 2011: Shosha Kamholtz, Aaron M. Welles
 2010: Jessica Gregory
 2009: Andrew Kenneth MacLeay, Maryam Madhavi
 2008: Ian J. Maxwell
 2007: Evan Lowell Ray
 2005: Omid Fallahazad
 2004: Judith Freedman
 2003: Dalcione Marie Reis
 2002: Nicole Michelle Perez
 2001: Thomas G. Capizzi
 2000: Francesco Peri
 1999: Joseph S. Churchman Jr., Anna L. Varvak
 1998: Victor Tecson Abaya
 1997: Bruce U. Romano
 1996: Randall G. Malbone
 1995: Alexander M. Fraser
 1994: John A. Gmelch
 1993: Chrysanthe Spyropoulos
 1992: Masashi Nemoto
 1991: Mark Edward Zimarowski
 1990: Long Nguyen
 1989: Sidney Sterling Atwood
 1988: Trung T. Dung
 1987: Photini Anastopoulos
 1986: JaneSarah O'Brien
 1985: Christina Maria Crawford
 1983: Douglas Hayden
 1982: Jean Ruth Elrick
 1981: Richard S. Palmer
 1980: Terry N. Turner
 1978: Emily Miriam Stone
 1977: Jelena Z. Blumenberg
 1975: Shirley A. Hayden, Elizabeth C. Lee
Senior Honors in Mathematics
Senior Honors in Mathematics is given to an undergraduate senior who has completed their bachelors program with excellent grades and who has prepared and defended a senior honors thesis.
Past Winners:
 2023: Jackson Pierce, Constrained Motion Spaces of Robotic Arms, Advisor: Oleg Lazarev
 2014: Rob Moray, Modeling the PostTranscriptional Regulation of the Tumor Suppressor Gene PTEN and It's Role in Cancer, Advisors: Kourosh Zarringhalam, Rahul Kulkarni
Scholarships & Aid
Brann Scholarships
Two scholarships, established by Alton J. Brann, are awarded to Biology, Biology Medical Technology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics majors who have a minimum of 30 credits but no more than 90 credits. The selection of the scholarship winners will be based primarily upon the student's scholastic achievement and character. Financial need will not be a primary factor.
Qualified students may apply directly or may be nominated by a faculty member. Applications and nominations must contain both a letter from the student stating his or her goals and aspirations and a letter from a faculty member who has reviewed the student's qualifications for the award.
Alton Brann is the Chairman and CEO of Western Atlas, Inc., which is one of the major branches of Litton Industries. He was a member of the first graduating class of this University, receiving his degree in mathematics in 1969. He has gone on to become one of America's leading corporate executives. In that capacity he has assumed a leadership role in the support of public higher education in California. These scholarships demonstrate the loyalty and affection of this alumnus for his own public undergraduate institution, the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Litton Scholarships
Two scholarships, available to mathematics, computer science, and physical science majors, are awarded to undergraduate students who will be at the junior or senior level in the coming fall semester. The scholarship winners will be based primarily upon the student's scholastic achievement and character. Financial need will not be a primary factor.
Qualified students may apply directly or may be nominated by a faculty member. Applications and nominations must contain both a letter from the student stating his or her goals and aspirations and a letter from a faculty member who has reviewed the student's qualifications for the award.
Litton Industries, based in California, is a technology based company applying advanced electronic products and services worldwide to defense, industrial automation, and geophysical markets.
National SMART Grants
"The SMART [Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation] Program provides STEM students with the tools needed to pursue higher education and begin a career with the DoD [Department of Defense]. With a full scholarship, students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees will be able to focus on complex research to further the DoD’s mission and create lasting impact. SMART is a oneforone commitment; for every year of degree funding, the scholar commits to working for a year with the DoD as a civilian employee. Summer internships prepare scholars for fulltime employment and get them accustomed to working with the DoD."
When to apply? The SMART application is open August through December of every year, with awards being granted the following spring.
Eligibility requirements. All applicants must be:
 A citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application,
 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2022
 Requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date),
 Able to complete at least one summer internship (multiyear scholars only)
 Willing to accept postgraduation employment with the DoD,
 A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
 Pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of 21 STEM disciplines listed here,
 Able to produce a fall 2021 college transcript from a regionally accredited US college or university, OR be pursuing a graduate degree at a regionally accredited US college or university.
For more information please contact the Financial Aid Services office.