Math Clinic

Clinic

Math

The UCCS Math Clinic is a new program at UCCS for mathematics students (undergraduate and graduate) designed to provide exposure to real-world problems which can be solved, understood, or clarified via the application of various fields of mathematics. Beginning Spring 2022, students participating in the Math Clinic may receive credit hours as part of the Mathematical Modeling (MATH 4480/5480) course. 

Purpose

The Math Clinic provides an opportunity for students to directly experience how their studies in mathematics can translate to solving immediate and relevant problems in a tangible way. Because each project is organized as a research group, students are also provided with opportunities to understand how their current skills and interests can contribute to multi-faceted and often complex team projects; such opportunities are extraordinarily valuable in helping students understand their strengths and weaknesses in a safe environment designed to encourage growth. Furthermore, because these projects often require expertise from several distinct domains, students gain insight into problem-solving approaches and tools which they may not have otherwise encountered as part of their core education.

By working with non-academic (commercial or nonprofit) agencies, students also gain insight into some of the latest industry-standard practices and professional expectations which will be expected of them upon entering the workforce. In turn, sponsoring agencies gain access to a vibrant and robust community of mathematicians-in-training and supporting faculty who can take advantage of university resources to solve existing (or new!) problems in innovative ways.

More information on the role of the students engaged in externally sponsored projects as well as the role of external clients can be found here.

Timeline and Summer Internships

The UCCS Math Clinic began in Spring 2022, in parallel with the Math Modeling course (MATH 4480/5480). The first Internship program is taking place in Summer 2022 (May 16 - July 15). Students interested in learning about real-world applications and related career opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summer interns may choose from a range of available projects suggested and sponsored by external clients from real companies or agencies. Interns will work in teams and will adhere to all the rules and expectations for the specific project, as dictated by the external client. More specifics of the roles of the students, faculty advisors and the external clients are available here.

The expected time commitment is roughly 8 hours a week for the duration of the summer internship. Details about available projects (synopsis, goals and deliverables) will be provided to the successfully applicants, as each client has different requirements for release of information.

Download the application form here: MathClinicSummerInternship.pdf.

Deadline to apply is Monday, May 2. Successful applicants will hear back from the Math Clinic no later than Wed, May 4.

For questions about the Summer Program or Math Clinic in general, please contact Dr. Radu Cascaval (radu@uccs.edu) or Dr. Peter Braza (pbraza@uccs.edu).

 

Workshops

The Math Clinic is organizing workshops open to all UCCS students. The Spring 2022 schedule is available below and here. Material covered in the workshops can be accessed at https://github.com/uccs-math-clinic/.

  • Feb 16 - Workshop 1:  Basics of Python. Data Manipulation and Analysis
  • Mar 02 - Workshop 2:  Linear Regression. Gradient Descent
  • Mar 09 - Workshop 3:  Stochastic Gradient Descent
  • Mar 16 - Workshop 4:  Neural Networks 
  • Apr 13 - Workshop 5:  Deep Learning
  • Apr 20 - Workshop 6:  More Deep Learning
  • May 04 - Workshop 7:  Applications of DL

Contact

For more information or if you are interested in contributing to the Math Clinic, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Radu Cascaval at rcascava@uccs.edu or Dr. Peter Braza at pbraza@uccs.edu.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following Sponsors:

  

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