Culture Points
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 

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 


6 


5 


5 


7 5 


1 
2 
Only 1 in a given year 


1 
2 
Only 1 in a given year 


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 


2 


2 


2 


2 


2 


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 


4 
8 


1 
10 
No more than 5 in one year 


2 

Discretionary points from faculty 
Cannot be asked for, only given for exceptional work above what is expected. 