Research Experience in Applied Mathematics (MAT4289.01) (cancelled)

Kathryn Montovan

In this research-based course, students will work as a team to apply their mathematical and other relevant skills to a pre-chosen problem coming from a business, industry, or government (BIG) partner. The goal will be to creatively and collaboratively develop a solution for the problem, and professionally present the results of their work to the partner organization. One partner organization will be SVMC which has a problem related to healthcare and data analysis they would like us to solve. The other problem will likely be coming from GBICs and be related to food insecurity, access to healthcare through the free clinic, or another of their initiatives. The partner organization and specific problem we will focus on will be chosen by fall registration, please talk with the instructor for more information.

This course is for students who have had at least one math class at the college and have an interest in studying mathematics or a closely related discipline. Students with focuses across science, mathematics, and computer science with significant mathematical background are encouraged to talk to the instructor about this course and the way that their skills might contribute to the chosen problem. The course will be scheduled to accommodate the students on the research team (before the start of 2000-level registration) with some collaboration happening asynchronously in addition to synchronous group meetings. Student success will depend on realistic industry evaluations such as teamwork, communication, individual initiative, and final products.


Learning Outcomes:
In this course, you will:
• Work collaboratively as part of a team on a predetermined problem
• Research the problem and possible approaches to solving it
• Apply mathematical and other academic skills to develop appropriate solutions and final products
• Revise work based on feedback
• Communicate methods and results professionally to the partner organization orally and in writing


Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Prerequisites: Interested students who have completed at least one math class at the college should email Katie (kmontovan@bennington.edu) by Nov 9 at 6pm. Please explain your interest in the course, relevant background experience, how this course might fit into your Plan, and include your current resume. Interested students will be invited to complete an interview and will be chosen based on what they can bring to the research team. This includes (but is not limited to) the ability to interact professionally with our partner organization, present work, find creative solutions, work collaboratively as part of the research team, and learn new skills to complete the project. Consideration of scheduling conflicts may also have to be taken into account when creating the research team. Students will be chosen and a course time set by Tuesday Nov 16 (or the night before 2000-level registration begins).
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
TBA (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Course Frequency: One time only

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