Undergraduate Studies in MSCS

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) offers undergraduate degrees in

Each of these programs has a mathematical core, is multidisciplinary in scope, and provides our students with a wide variety of career opportunities upon graduation. Our graduates continue with graduate work in mathematics, statistics, computer science; do graduate work in fields such as mathematics education (both research and teaching), economics, and public health; become secondary math teachers; go on to medical school, business school, and law school; and pursue careers in business, finance, actuarial science, informatics, public health, and government. Other MSCS graduates take with them their love of mathematics, their strong analytical and creative skills, and their participatory experiences in an undergraduate major that's rich with ideas into myriad new careers and pursuits, such as recording engineer, start-up entrepreneur, and educational software developer.

Awards and Scholarships for MSCS Majors (Applications due 4pm March 8, 2019)

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science offers a number of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Applications are due by 4pm, March 8.

For more information about the MSCS awards, click on the links below.

The winners are announced at the MSCS Awards Tea in late April.

LAS Awards and Scholarships (Application period 1/25/19 - 3/21/19)

There are around 20 LAS Scholarships (ranging from $400 to $10,000) available through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. MSCS majors and minors in good academic standing have been very competitive for these LAS awards; you are encouraged to apply.

OVCSA Awards and Scholarships (Application process conducted in February 2019)

There around 10 scholarships available through the Office of the Vice Chancellor. For more information about these scholarships, go to OVCSA Scholarships.

LASURI Undergraduate Research Awards (Applications due Tuesday, March 15, 2019, noon)

UPDATE: Applications and information for LASURI 2019-2020 are now available. The next LASURI information sessions for students are Monday, February 11, 2019, 11:00 am-12:00 pm Thursday, February 28, 2019, 2:30-3:30 pm (sessions held in 850 UH on 2/11 and UH 1501 on 2/28).

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) is a well-funded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences program that pairs Undergraduate Research Assistants with Faculty Mentors and gives these researchers or research teams funding to conduct semester- or year-long research projects.

If selected, Undergraduate Research Assistants receive a $2500 award ($1250 per semester), and Faculty Mentors receive a $1500 grant for project costs.

If you are already working with an MSCS professor on an ongoing research project, then you are strongly encouraged to apply for a LASURI award. If you are an MSCS undergraduate taking a 300- or 400-level course, especially a 400-level elective (like MATH 494, MCS 421, MCS 481, or an independent study), then you are especially encouraged to approach one of your professors about designing an undergraduate research project and applying for a LASURI research award.

For more information about awards and scholarships, contact your MSCS advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Summer and Academic Year Undergraduate Research Opportunities (Application due dates vary by the university)

AMS List of current Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) in mathematics.

Undergraduate Research Experiences (UREs) for 2016-2017 at UIC. This website includes a partial list of MSCS faculty interested in taking on undergraduate students. UREs are arranged with a faculty member and generally take place during the academic year. (See also the entry on LASURI above.)

For more information about undergraduate research experiences (REUs or UREs), contact your MSCS advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

MSCS Advising

MSCS Advising in the Spring 2019 for 2019 begins on TBA. Remember that all MSCS majors are required to meet with an advisor before they can register for classes.

If you have any questions about your MSCS classes, our undergraduate advisors are waiting to hear from you! Contact Mary Hemby (mtoliver@uic.edu, 312-413-2172) or Florencio Diaz (fdiaz4@uic.edu, 312-996-3055), or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Ramin Takloo-Bighash (dus@math.uic.edu).

ALEKS Placement for Math Courses

All incoming first-year students must complete an online math assessment using ALEKS prior to taking other required UIC placement tests on campus and attending Orientation and Registration. Read more in the revised UIC Math Placement Procedures. Check out the flyer ALEKS flyer.

Outreach Opportunities in Mathematics for Undergraduates

(Information coming soon.)

Tips on Applying to Graduate School

If you are a junior or a senior considering continuing your education to obtain a Masters or Doctorate Degree, or if you are a new MSCS major curious about careers in Mathematics, Statistics and related fields, then we have a new must-read resource for you. Check out MSCS Careers page, along with our new Preparing for Graduate School and Careers in Mathematics brochures.

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