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Undergraduate Advising Information and Admission to the Major

Advising Office: LGRT 1521E is open during these times.

Phone: 413-545-2282

Becoming a Math Major:  Students wishing to major in Mathematics should stop by 1521E for information.  Students interested in math as a secondary major or the dual degree should first read the Minor and Secondary Major page.

Criteria for Admission to the Major:  Students need to meet with Jacob Lagerstrom before being admitted to the major (drop in whenever the office is open, see above). Students who hold junior year status or higher will also have to meet with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor Stathis Charalampidis before being admitted to the major. There are no specific criteria for admission, other than the ability to complete the major in a reasonable timeframe. Majors should, however, be aware that a C or better is needed in Math 132 in order to take certain upper level courses required for the major.  Students will need to declare a concentration upon joining the major.

Existing Majors:  To change or add a second concentration, or to switch from SM-Math to BS-Math, please email Jacob Lagerstrom.

Interested in the Minor?  Students wishing to minor in math should consult the Minor and Secondary Major page.

Drop-in advising: All students are welcome to walk-in advising hours or to drop by the office when it is open and meet with Jacob.

Drop-In Advising Hours

Day Time Advisor Location
Tuesday 2 - 3 PM Stathis Charalampidis LGRT 1521E
Thursday 4 - 5 PM Stathis Charalampidis LGRT 1521E

Peer Advising for Math majors

Peer Advising in the Mathematics and Statistics Department is intended for primary Math majors who do not yet have a Primary Program Advisor listed in Spire. Peer advising will be available from October 24 to November 14 and will be held in LGRT 1521E. The biographies of each peer advisor are listed below, in alphabetical order. Please meet with a peer advisor who has experience in the areas that you are interested in!

Peer Advising Schedule

November 13 - 16

Tues, Nov 13
9-9:45: Brian V.
10-11:30: Diana
1-2: Brenna
2-5: Fiona

Wed, Nov 14
9-10:30: Fusheng
10:30-12 Julien
2-4: Julien
4-5: Brian D

Thurs, Nov 15
9-9:45: Brian V
2:30-5: Brian V

Fri, Nov 16
9-12: Diana
2-5: Jess

Note: Peer Advising ends on Friday, November 16.

Peer Advisors

Julien Brenneck

I am a senior Math Major with a concentration in Math Computing and a double Major in Computer Science. I do research in Numerical Linear Algebra under Professor Eric Polizzi, working on robust eigensolvers, with applications in nanoelectronics. I spent the last summer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in the Materials Science department, working on an analysis of statistical and machine learning methodology in materials informatics. I spent the last two years as an undergraduate TA for Compsci 121, and previously served on the technical committee at WMUA.

Brian Doan

I am a junior double majoring in mathematics and economics with concentrations in statistics and actuarial science. On campus, I am heavily involved with jobs and extracurricular activities that not only help build my own personal skills, but also help others achieve and accomplish their own goals. I am a second year Resident Assistant in Cance Hall (Southwest), and I love helping first-year residents navigate the craziness we call college. Although I am not Korean, I am also the treasurer of the Korean Students Association where I create fundraisers and help budget for monthly events. Throughout my time at UMass, I have struggled with knowing what my dream career would be. I spent several summers shadowing actuaries, data analysts, and scientists at various insurance companies and banks. Now, I am excited to have developed a true passion for data analytics and I hope to work my way up to becoming a data scientist one day!

Diana Hansen

I am a senior completing my dual degree in Math with a concentration in Actuarial Science and Finance with a concentration in Risk Management. I passed the first three actuarial exams and had an actuarial internship this past summer at Willis Towers Watson on the Health and Benefit team. Also, I am the Vice-President of Gamma Iota Sigma (the Actuary Club), a Math 127/128 TA, and have participated in the ASA Five College DataFest.

Jessica Lam

I am a junior Math major (Statistics concentration) and Psychology minor. I am interested in a career in analysis after graduation and then possibly attending graduate school after a few years of working. I was a New Students Orientation Leader in the summer of 2017 and 2018, so we might have met during your orientation session! I am planning to study abroad next semester at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. Currently, I am secretary of a Registered Student Organization, StudentX. We organize and host a TED-style conference every semester. In my free time, I like to swim and attend group fitness classes.

Fiona McCann

Fiona McCann is a senior in the Honors College with a double major in Applied Math and Psychology. Along with being a peer advisor, she is the Supervisory Teaching Assistant for Math 127 and a Resident Assistant in Birch Hall! She is also involved in intramural sports, specifically volleyball and wallyball! Over the past few years, Fiona has had an internship with the US Navy as a Technical Analyst and this past summer was a Research Assistant at the University of Oxford, Oxford UK in creating mathematical models for mapping mood in bipolar disorder, which is now the basis for her Honors Thesis. Originally a Pure Math concentration, Fiona knows a lot about both Pure and Applied tracks as well as double majoring and honors requirements!

Brian Vannah

I am a Senior Math major with concentrations in pure math and statistics. I also have a secondary major in Computer Science. I enjoy being a part of the ACM Cybersecurity Club, Pentest Club, and the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program. For more fun, I also play lots of soccer and go to events like Hack UMass. Franklin is my favorite dining common. This summer, I was an IT intern at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.

Brenna Walsh

Brenna Walsh is a senior at UMass majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Teaching and a minor in Education. She is president of the newly formed Math Teaching Club on campus and has spent time tutoring at Amherst Regional High School. She was a clerk at Worcester Market before they closed their doors and is currently a grader for Math 370, Junior Year Writing, as well as working at the Procrastination Station in the library. Outside of UMass, Brenna is also enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Forward Observer, having completed basic training this past summer.

Fusheng Yang

My name is Fusheng Yang, and I am a senior math major with concentrations in applied math and statistics. I plan to pursue further studies in statistics after graduation. I started doing research since last summer, and I am currently in two statistics research projects, DNA variant caller and human rights data analysis. I am also an undergraduate teaching assistant in the math department. Other than school, I enjoy hiking, traveling, skiing and scuba diving. I love teaching and talking about math, so please come by if you want to talk or need any help!