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Mathematics & Computer Science

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Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

Every year, three to four Coe students are selected to attend the annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Coe students Anna Marek and Laura Schlesinger (featured at right), Carmin Robson, and Jean Springsteen presented research posters in January 2018. Their projects ranged from composition operators to voting systems to fault-free tilings.

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Midwest Instructional Computing Conference

Coe students Robert Robinson and Corbin Faidley presented their research at the Midwest Instructional Computing Conference. Robert and Corbin worked together to develop a tool to allow users to interactively classify individual pages of a large text document and feed the results into a learning algorithm.

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Women in Computing Conference

Coe students attended the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas Women in Computing Conference. Female students interested in computing and technology attend this biannual conference.

Why Mathematics and Computer Science at Coe?

Coe is an exciting place to study the mathematical sciences. We have an active community of students and faculty participating in a variety of pursuits. The department offers a complete range of courses, with majors and minors available in both mathematics and computer science, as well as courses in statistics for additional breadth. We are dedicated to the belief that mathematical sciences and the habits of mind that they engender are perfect components of a fine liberal arts education.

The department's curriculum is carefully designed to meet the needs of a range of interests and abilities. We pride ourselves on the individual attention we provide through small classes and extra contact with faculty outside the classroom. Our course offerings are wide enough and flexible enough to suit each individual in a personalized atmosphere, starting with the basics and progressing to a level suitable for positions in industry or continuing on to graduate study.

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Explore Your Interests

Gabe Leonard ’16

“If you're planning to major in computer science and want to work at one of the ‘big name’ companies, you should strongly consider getting a math degree as well. When I interviewed at Google, I solved two of my five interview problems primarily thanks to things I had learned in math classes. Additionally, having conducted over 50 interviews, I can say with a fair degree of certainty that the candidates I see with both math and CS degrees almost always perform better than those with just one.”

Gabe says both the math and computer science faculty at Coe encourage students to pursue their interests, even when that falls outside the parameters of their class. Being able to expand upon assignments — such as adding security features and an Easter egg to the code — allowed him to have fun and gain experience. Today, Gabe works as a software engineer at Google.