Integral Domain Mathematics at Mercyhurst University
Mercyhurst University
Department of Mathematics

Resources for Students

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Jobs and Internships

Occasionally, an employer will let our department know of any opportunities they have that may be of interest to math majors. They'll be listed here, but may not always be current!

  • Larson Texts: Larson Publishing, in Erie, is often interested in hiring college students that have successfully completed Calculus I to be online tutors. They can work with your schedule, but you'll need to be able to work from their office on Norcross Road.


  • Wolfram Alpha: Ask it just about anything and you'll get an answer. Don't forget to ask some non-math related questions, too.
  • SageMath: Open source replacement for Mathematica, Maple, and Matlab. Based on Python. Can be installed on Mac or Linux machines, or run in the cloud on any machine connected to the internet.
  • Maxima: Open source computer algebra system that can be installed on any machine.
  • Scilab: Open source replacement for Matlab that can be installed on any machine.
  • R: Open source software for statistics and graphics.
  • LaTeX: Typesetting for mathematics and science. Anyone planning to teach or study math should be familiar with LaTeX.
  • Dr. Williams' TikZ Page: Some samples of graphics in LaTeX

Free Books and Articles

The pages below contain collections of books on most undergraduate math topics: Books and articles every math student should read:
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, by A Square (Edwin A. Abbott)
    • Second Revised Edition, 1884
    • A short, satirical story about a two dimensional world visited by a three dimensional sphere. Very entertaining, and it may help you to understand the concept of higher dimensions.
  • A Mathematician's Apology, by G. H. Hardy
    • Cambridge University Press, 1940
    • Hardy's justification for devoting his life to mathematics.
  • The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences, by Eugene Wigner
    • Communications in Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol. 13, No. I, February 1960
    • A brief and interesting essay about the role of mathematics in the natural sciences, particularly physics.
Math journals/archives with free online content:
  • Harvard Mathematics Review: There's only six issues, but each is filled with articles written by and for undergraduates.
  • Rose Hulman Undergraduate Math Journal
  • Involve: A math journal that publishes papers with at least one undergraduate author. These may be a little higher level, but a good summary of an article would be a great talk.
  • Open e-print archive with over 100000 articles in physics, 10000 in mathematics, and 1000 in computer science.


The scholarships below are open to current undergraduates (I haven't included any scholarships that are only available to high school students). If you're interested in applying to any program, check the deadlines and requirements on the site - don't depend on what I have here.

  • Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships, NCTM
    • For: Full time college or university sophomores who plan to teach grade 7-12 mathematics.
    • Award: Up to $10,000
    • Deadline: Early May
  • Prospective Middle School Teacher Course Work Scholarships, NCTM
    • For: Full time college or university sophomores who plan to teach middle school mathematics.
    • Award: Up to $3,000
    • Deadline: Early May
  • Alice T. Schafer Prize, AWM
    • For: Exceptional undergraduate women in mathematics. US citizens only.
    • Award: ??
    • Deadline: October 1
  • SMART Scholarship, DoD
    • For: Undergraduates in math (or other STEM field) interested in a career with the Department of Defense after graduation. US citizens only.
    • Award: Full scholarship, in exchange for a contract with the DoD
    • Deadline: Fall, opens in August
  • MSRI-UP Summer Program
    • For: Undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. US Citizens and permanent residents only.
    • Award: $3100 stipend, lodging, meals and roundtrip travel to Berkeley, CA
    • Deadline: February
  • Women in Defense HORIZONS Scholarship
    • For: Undergraduate women with junior level status (60+ credits) interested in a career in national security or defense. US citizens only.
    • Award: Varies, $500 - $12,000
    • Deadline: July
  • MAES Scholarship Program for Latinos in Science and Engineering
    • For: Undergraduates of Hispanic heritage in STEM fields; open to MAES student members only.
    • Award: $1,000 - $4,000
    • Deadline: Late September

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Professional Societies