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Need funds to study math?

The Department of Defense is offering $45 million in SMART scholarships to students who plan to pursue math and science studies.

For information on the grants, click here.

Math of the Olympics

"We see the numbers when we're looking at scores and measurements," says Dr. Edward Burger of Williams College, "but math is all around us, wherever there's motion, wherever there's quantities."

Need job ideas? Consider STEM!

As reported in the Des Moines Register, "Jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) are growing at four times the rate of other career sectors."

If you got lost, could math help find you?

A group of researchers from BYU believes so.

Professor Michael Goodrich and his group of graduate student researchers have formulated algorithms that could aid rescue teams in narrowing down possible locations of lost hikers.

"A lot of search and rescue has a fairly mathematical component," said Professor Goodrich.

Calculating the "impossible" soccer kick

Brazilian soccer player Roberto Carlos probably never expected that his near-impossible goal would become a mathematical study.

Read this article from WIRED Magazine on the historic kick, and mathematicians' work to calculate a formula describing it.

Math is Beautiful, Too

The world is obsessed with beautiful people, things and places.

Adam Frank's blog on NPR explores the beauty of the Euler Identity. What in math is beautiful to you?

Mathematicians vs. The World View

You've no doubt seen portrayals of crazy mathematicians or inaccurate representations of the study of mathematics in popular culture.

Skills in Math, Chess and Music

This New York Times article profiles Noam Elkies, a rare "triple-prodigy" in math, chess and music.

Math in Heathcare

This article from Science Daily shows one application for math in the field of medicine.

Top Five Careers

Here's another listing of five top careers for students with math skills.

"For those with a substantial background in mathematics, an unlimited number of career opportunities are available," the article reports. See what math can do for you.

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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.


 

$126,000/yr
Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
Physician
$187,199/yr
Climatologist
$132,130/yr
$187,199/yr
$128,330/yr
$95,620/yr
$153,120/yr

Figures represent salary potential.

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Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...

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