The Cornell College Department of Mathematics and Statistics values the experiences that students have with mathematics and statistics outside of the formal classroom.  In order to encourage our students to find new and interesting ways to engage with our disciplines, we have incorporated a requirement that all majors accumulate 30 mathematics/statistics culture points over the course of their career at Cornell. 

We expect that students will likely find the beginnings of their capstone project through participating in some of these activities.  Note that these points can be accumulated even before declaring the major and there are many different kinds of activities that can be used to earn them.  The table below is a complete list of how points can be earned:

Culture Points Activities

Activity Points Min required Max allowed Notes/Restrictions

Pass Sophomore Exam

10

topics list for sophomore exam

Math/Stat REU

5

Attend talk/seminar

1

5

10

No more than 5 in one year

  • Write reflection on talk attended

1

2

2

Guidelines for a talk reflection

Attend a regional/national conference without presenting

4

12

No additional points for attending talks

Give a talk

5

  • MUMS

6

  • Capstone talk

5

  • Cornell Symposium

5

  • Regional/national conference (talk)
  • Regional/national conference (poster)

7

5

  • Book report on math book for general audience

1

2

Only 1 in a given year

  • Report on a journal article

1

2

Only 1 in a given year

  • Teach workshop (LaTeX, sage, etc.)

3

6

Submit a paper to a journal

10

Publish a paper in a journal

2

 

These are in addition to the points for submitting

Turn in Problem of the Block full solution

1

10

Compete in math/stat competitions

  • Iowa Math Contest

2

  • Iowa Math Modeling Contest

2

  • MCM/ICM

2

  • MUDAC

2

  • Other approved competition

2

  • Earn designation in competition

2

These are in addition to the points for participating in the competition

Take Putnam exam

2

Score points on Putnam exam

2*sc mod 10 +sc mod 2

10

Math Club

  • Be an officer

4

8

  • Attend Math Club event

1

10

No more than 5 in one year

  • Participate in math outreach activity

2

Discretionary points from faculty

Cannot be asked for, only given for exceptional work above what is expected.