Current Math Majors
The Math Club is open to all interested students. This student-run organization is sponsored by faculty member Professor Ryan Carpenter. Among other activities, the club plans social events such as tailgating parties at Homecoming, hosts study sessions, sells CNU Math T-shirts, and attends conferences.
The CNU Math Club has a Facebook page under "CNU Math Majors."
Pi Mu Epsilon
Pi Mu Epsilon is a national honor society dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding. Christopher Newport University is home to the Virginia Mu chapter of PME. Dr. Hongwei Chen is our faculty liaison. Outstanding CNU math students may be eligible for membership. The PME Constitution describes eligible students as follows:
Eligible undergraduates are those who have completed at least the equivalent of two semesters of calculus
and two additional courses in mathematics, at or above the calculus level, all of which lead to the fulfillment
of the requirements for a major in the mathematical sciences. In addition, such students must have maintained
a grade point average equivalent to that of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, both for all courses that lead to
fulfillment of requirements for a major in the mathematical sciences, and also for all courses that lead to
fulfillment of requirements for an undergraduate degree.
Internships and Research Opportunities
CNU's location on the Virginia Peninsula provides students with opportunities to gain valuable work experience with prestigious employers while earning their math degrees. Internships are available with nearby NASA-Langley Research Center in Hampton and with Northrop-Grumman and Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News among others. In their junior and senior years, CNU math students work closely with their professors on independent projects.
For example, math major Allison Kunz and fellow interns undertook a project about fire susceptibility in the Great Dismal Swamp in Spring 2014 as part of NASA's DEVELOP program: http://www.earthzine.org/2014/