For those of us who have been intoxicated by the powers and possibilities of mathematics, the mystery isn’t why that fascination developed but why it isn’t universal. How can students not be entranced? So profound are the effects of math for those who have felt them, that you never really become a former mathematician … but one who has ‘lapsed,’ as if it were an apostasy.
— Edward Rothstein, New York Times
The Mathematics program provides students with the essential theoretical foundation in all branches of modern math and the practical experience of solving quantitative problems. This foundation includes groups and rings, functions of real and complex variables, logic and geometry, probability and statistics, differential equations and numerical methods.
A natural complement to any of the life science or social science majors, the mathematics major also works on its own to open various career paths in the Washington Metro area, including jobs with the census bureau, regulatory agencies, public policy think tanks, and scientific agencies such as NASA, Department of Energy, or NOAA.
The mathematics education major offers future elementary and secondary school teachers the chance to cement their understanding of foundational mathematics, allowing them to deliver content-rich lessons to future generations of leaders and knowledge workers.
For more information, please read the Mathematics and Physics section in the Academic Bulletin.
New student internships and jobs will be available for BIP students in several areas in the near future. These internships provide one-on-one research experiences working with scientists in the area on exciting research projects. Every BIP student is expected to do bioinformatics research or a bioinformatics internship. In this setting, BIP students will work within a laboratory environment and report on their research experience in the form of a presentation at a scientific meeting. These opportunities will enhance your science educational experience at WAU.
This club seeks to establish campus-wide awareness, true understanding, and increased interest and involvement in the cutting-edge field of bioinformatics.
The Bioinformatics Club provides a meeting place for those with a special interest in the integration of computer science and molecular biology in order to learn more about each field. All WAU science students are welcome to participate. However, those students in the BIP will have special access to opportunities provided by the WAU science departments. This interaction is extremely important for networking with undergraduate students and faculty members to help enrich your Washington Adventist University learning-experience.
Check back regularly for updates about the club and its officers!
Students in the BIP program are expected to complete a research experience as part of their undergraduate education. This research experience is integrated into the third year of the minor and can be either internal or external research conducted with a WAU faculty or another organization, respectively. This website will be regularly updated to describe specific research projects for which faculty in the program are seeking undergraduate student involvement. We also suggest you visit the BIP faculty members' webpages to read about the research interests of the BIP faculty mentors. If anything sounds interesting to you, contact the particular faculty and inquire about the possibility of doing research; all of the faculty are very interested in helping undergraduates to do research.
Alternatively, students may elect to participate in an approved internship experience at one of the many academic, clinical or commercial research laboratories in the Washington, DC area. Information regarding bioinformatics internship opportunities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area will regularly be added to this website.
The Applied Bioinformatics minor is designed for students attending WAU and pursuing degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Information Systems. If you are interested in applying to WAU, please contact the Admissions office.
All students who would like to become part of the WAU Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Program and obtain a minor in Applied Bioinformatics must first meet with the Coordinator of the program. Appointments can be made by phone or via e-mail. Approved students will be expected to periodically meet with the Coordinator of the BIP program and attend BIP seminars held during the academic year. If you should have any questions, or would like to set up an appointment to meet with the Program Coordinator, please do not hesitate to contact:
Dr. Anton Dormer
Program Coordinator, Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Program
Washington Adventist University
Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Program
Science Building 102E
7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: (301) 891-4229