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Department of Mathematics

The Mathematics major at SUNY Potsdam is a strong part of many undergraduate programs - it blends well with engineering, economics, physics, chemistry, computer science and music, among others. The Mathematics program is based on the belief that students can succeed if they are provided with a supportive environment. The department faculty strive to offer students careful and considerate teaching, continual encouragement, successful role models, sufficient time to develop intellectually and recognition of achievement. This approach fosters the type of thinking skills, attitude and discipline that has enabled students to pursue rewarding careers such as banking, insurance, research and all levels of teaching.
Paul Dougall ’20

Paul Dougall ’20 is a true Renaissance man. Now in his last year at SUNY Potsdam, he is completing not only a degree in music business, but two separate degrees in mathematics as part of the Department of Mathematics’ BA / MA program—a unique opportunity for highly motivated students to graduate with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics at the same time. Over the summer he landed an internship at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center where he was able to incorporate all of those disciplines. 

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Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20

Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20, a double-major in mathematics and Spanish, is the recipient of the Jeanne Kimmich Roberts Scholarship. The Roberts established their scholarship in 2013, designating it for academically talented female students pursuing a degree in math or computer science.

As she enters her final year at Potsdam, Veliz Calderon recognizes that her college experience would not have been the same without the generosity of Jeanne ’80 and Raymond Roberts, the donors of the Jeanne Kimmich Roberts Scholarship, which she has received for the past three years. A mathematics major herself, Jeanne says, “We wanted to help someone else go to SUNY Potsdam and major in the areas I was involved in. It makes us happy to help students who might not be able to go to Potsdam without a scholarship.”