Computer classroom instruction

Clubs & Organizations

There are many opportunities to explore mathematics and computer science outside the classroom at Coe, and we encourage students to take advantage of as many of them as they can!

Professor Kent Herron working with a student

  • Coe has a very active Math Club, funded through the Student Senate and driven by student interest. The Math Club organizes at least one event per month through the academic year, with a wide variety of activities. We've enjoyed surprisingly high participation, with as many as 45 people turning up for speakers and more than a dozen involved in winter break reading projects.
  • Coe also has an active student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics known as the Women in the Lindsay Lounge (W.i.L.L.), funded through the Student Senate and open to all students across campus. W.i.L.L. organizes at least one event per month through the academic year to build a supportive community for students who spend time in the Mathematical Sciences suite known as the Lindsay Lounge, named in honor of long-time professor of mathematics Charles Lindsay and his wife Phyllis.
  • Coe students participate in various computational and mathematical competitions, including:
    • Association for Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest
    • Annual Putnam Mathematical Competition
    • Iowa Section of the MAA's Collegiate Mathematics Competition
  • More opportunities include:
    • Numerous internship opportunities in the metropolitan area
    • Summer research programs both on- and off-campus
    • Off-campus study programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland and more
    • Senior honors projects on a wide range of topics

The department is housed in space with technology designed right into all classrooms and work spaces. Smart classrooms, graphing calculators, computer algebra systems like Mathematica and Maple, statistical software like Minitab and SPSS and up-to-date software development systems such as .NET are all available and used throughout our department.