Student Research Opportunities

The Mathematical Sciences Department at Butler University offers various research opportunities, including working with individual professors and attending various group research activities for undergraduates.

The Seitz Award

The Seitz Award is designed to financially assist Natural Science students who desire to study science and conduct research abroad, outside the normal academic classroom setting. All students with sophomore or junior status majoring in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics are eligible to apply. Sophomore and junior majors in Psychology, studying Physiological or Cognitive/Neuropsychology, or in Anthropology, studying Biological Anthropology, Primatology or Archaeology, are also eligible to apply.

Funded by the Katrina Roch Seitz Science Education Fund, the Seitz Study Abroad Experience allows students to extend their science education outside the classroom. Expectations are that a student will have a science educational experience (short courses, special seminars or learning opportunities, etc.) along with an immersion into the language, history, culture, art, and economics of the country. The study abroad experience should provide an opportunity for the student to study, travel, and interact with students and scientists in a foreign country and gain an appreciation for the educational, cultural and economic environment of the country. Butler University’s Center for Global Education is available to help with arrangements for student housing, language instruction and travel, if needed. Students will be selected by a committee including department heads in the natural sciences and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The number of student awards will be contingent on funds available. At the completion of the study abroad experience, the student will submit a written report to the Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and be available to make an oral presentation to the Seitz family and the Butler community.

Learn more about the Seitz Award.

What is Mathematics Research Camp (MRC)?

This is an annual one-week research opportunity available to Majors in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science.  Each participant will work on an original research problem with a Butler faculty member and prepare a poster presentation for the end-of-the-week poster session. Projects are available for students at any level of the major, so anyone interested should apply.  If you are curious about what Mathematics research looks like, this is your chance to find out first hand.  If you are an experienced researcher looking for a new direction to explore, this could be a great opportunity to sample a new area.

When is it?

We is typically held camp in August, before classes begin.

What is expected of participants?

If you are a student participant at MRC, you will need to work closely with your faculty mentor and commit to this project during the time you are at Mathematics Research Camp.  Some students go on to present their results at conferences, and some students use their results to start an honors or departmental thesis.  But some students use MRC as a self-contained research opportunity since their course load does not give them time during the regular semester to do research.  Where this project goes beyond MRC is up to you and your mentor.

Please contact Dr. Amber Russell (, Dr. Becky Wahl (, or Ms. Rena Duerksen ( for application information.

Additional information regarding research opportunities provided at Butler University is available on the Engaged Learning Center  website.