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MSU's Department of Mathematical Sciences

In Memory of Inge Perkins

 Pi Mu Inge Perkins

Inge Perkins, center left, holding the Pi Mu Epsilon banner with her classmates at the April 2016 Mathematics Honor Society Induction Ceremony

We are fortunate to have known Inge Perkins. And everyone who was lucky enough to be in a classroom with her learned from her. She approached math like she did everything else – with intensity and determination. Great thinkers in mathematics are described as bright, brilliant, smart, clever, or gifted, and Inge was all of those, as well as curious, thoughtful, not shy about questioning others in pursuit of understanding, and generous in sharing what she knew. We are saddened to think of the students who will never know her as a teacher, and we deeply mourn her loss. 

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The Department of Mathematical Sciences is recognized as a leading department in mathematics, statistics and mathematics education. Bachelors, masters, and doctoral graduates in all of these areas are following successful careers in industry, government, and academia. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, 80 miles North of Yellowstone National Park, we offer outstanding educational opportunities in an area of exquisitely beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation. Our department has a multifaceted role on campus and in Montana. We have the largest instructional component on campus, delivering about 10% of the total student credit hours. We offer a B.S. in Mathematics with options in mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics teaching, and statistics; an M.S. in Mathematics with options in mathematics and mathematics education; an M.S. in Statistics; a Ph.D. in Mathematics with emphases in mathematics and mathematics education; and a Ph.D. in Statistics. The mathematics education option for the M.S. in Mathematics is an online program.

Mathematical research at MSU is focused primarily on related topics in pure and applied mathematics. Research programs complement each other and are often applied to problems in science and engineering. Research in statistics encompasses a broad range of theoretical and applied topics. Because the statisticians are actively engaged in interdisciplinary work, much of the statistical research is directed toward practical problems. Mathematics education faculty are active in both qualitative and quantitative experimental research areas. These include teacher preparation, coaching and mentoring for in-service teachers, online learning and curriculum development.

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