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Student Opportunities

AMATYC Student Math League (SML)

Participation in the AMATYC SML is available in the Fall and Spring semesters. During these semesters, students may join in practice sessions and the competition to challenging themselves, add an extra-curricular activity to their resume, and meet other students who also have a passion for math by participating in the SML.

The SML competitions are based on pre-calculus level mathematics and there are individual and team prizes. The first-place individual in the nation (not the school, but the NATION) wins a scholarship to be used at a four-year college! The top three winners at SLCC will receive a gift card issued from the Math Department.

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SLCC Student Math League is sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

If you need special ADA accommodations to attend this event, please contact Accessibility & Disability Services at 801-957-4659.

Check this page again in the Fall for information on the 2024-2025 SML opportunities.

STEM Projects & Research

Interested in participating in a project or research involving mathematics?  Check out the STEM Projects & Research page for information on how you can get involved.

Math Fun Talks

Gather with other students and faculty who love to study and talk math in these Math Fun Talks. Here is the tentative schedule for the Spring 2024 semester:

Math Fun Talks - Chaos Theory

Friday, April 12, 2024 | 3:30 p.m | Technology Building (TB) 108

“It simply deals with predictability in complex symptoms.” This is how Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, summarized the topic of Chaos Theory in the film Jurassic Park, but what did he really mean by that? The subject of Chaos in an expansive area of mathematics that has seen significant development in the last half of a century as one of the “newer” fields of mathematics, though examples of it can be seen in many applied cases in everyday life. As Malcolm later put it, “the shorthand is the Butterfly Effect.”

Mathematics professors Shayne Vargo and Rob Woodward will discuss and demonstrate the concept of Chaos Theory and how it can be observed in cases such as swarm behavior, pedestrian synchronization, or just tracking the descent of a falling leaf from a tree. Chaos Theory is a field that is often approached using very high-level mathematical techniques but the basics of it should only take a simple understanding of algebra.

This talk will be accessible to anyone who is taking or has completed Math 1010 or higher. Those interested in pursuing a degree in Applied Mathematics in the future are highly encouraged to attend.

Employment Opportunities

SLCC Math Department Learning Assistants

Are you a friendly, hard-working student that likes math and would be good at mentoring other math students? If so, please keep reading!

We are looking to hire Learning Assistants each semester for Math 0920, 0990, 1010, and 1050 and are in need of your help!  Interested parties will need to be interviewed prior to the start of each semester. 

We are looking for students who are:

  • Friendly and work well with others.
  • Good student that models good study habits.
  • Hard-working (get assignments done on time and puts in the needed work to succeed).
  • Good leader that takes the initiative to form study groups with other students in or out of class.
  • Earning an A or B in math now - we are not necessarily looking for students to whom math comes easily.  Some of the best Learning Assistants are those who have struggled with math at some point but have figured out how to overcome those obstacles and are willing to use those experiences to help others succeed in math.

If you are interested in working for the Math Department in this capacity, you can check out the job posting for more information about job and its expectations and/or apply for the position at the SLCC Student Lab Aide listing:

Learning Assistants will be paid $14-15 per hour and are expected to work 10-15 hours per week. 

If you have questions about this program, you can reach out to and they’ll connect you to the people you should speak with.