Engaged Mathematics

Engaged Mathematics takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for mathematics majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Mathematics Majors Rise


  • Minimalist approaches to figurative maze design
  • Budyko-Sellers energy balance climate model with ice line coupling
  • Designing Game of Life mosaics with integer programming
  • Fractals in the 3-body problem via symplectic integration
  • Connected sum at infinity and 4-manifolds
  • Double branched covers of theta-curves
  • Representational random walks
  • Organic 3D mesh creation through particle-based physics simulation


  • Research Experience for Undergraduates, University of California, Berkeley: geometry and topology
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates, Harvard University: mathematical modeling of swarms
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates, Hubbard Brook Foundation: algorithmic musical composition
  • National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, Mass.: economic analysis
  • Amazon, Seattle: software engineering

Study Away

  • Budapest Semester in Mathematics, Hungary
  • Math in Moscow, Russia
  • Oxford University, England
  • London School of Economics, England

Experiential Learning

  • Peer and community tutoring opportunities
  • Projects for honors, classes, and winter term


Monthly pizza lunches, Putnam competition, Pi Day pie eating, weekly tea and cookies, lectures

First Destinations of Recent Mathematics Majors

  • Graduate Schools:
    • PhD in mathematics, University of Chicago
    • PhD in algorithms, combinatorics, and optimization, Georgia Tech
    • PhD in neuroscience, Princeton University
    • MS in statistics, Columbia University
    • PhD in economics, Georgetown University
    • PhD in computational and mathematical engineering, Stanford University
    • PhD in mathematics, University of Michigan
  • Positions:
    • Software engineer at Google
    • Economic analyst at Federal Reserve Bank
    • Data analyst at Nestio
    • Private high school teacher in Washington, DC
    • Marketing analyst at POPSHIP
    • Software developer at Cartoon Saloon, Ireland
    • Research analyst at Center for Innovation, Strategy and Policy, SRI International
    • Data scientist at Pinterest, San Francisco