SOUTH PLAINS MATHEMATICS FELLOWS
In 2014, the National Science Foundation named Texas Tech University with partnering institutions Midland College, Odessa College, and Mesalands Community College as recipients of an S-STEM award, the South Plains Mathematics Fellows (SPMF) program. The SPMF program provides for academically talented students from underrepresented, low-income families to receive scholarships for undergraduate study leading to a degree in mathematics. In addition to the standard coursework, SPMF scholars will have a support system designed specifically to enhance their academic experiences and ensure retention and success.
THE NOYCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
This is a collaboration between Midland College and Texas Tech University. The Noyce
Scholars program is primarily designed for undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics) students who are interested in making an impact through
teaching. The program is divided into two tracks: Pre-Noyce Summer Fellows and Noyce
Noyce Scholars Program
Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal
How to Apply
- Login to your My MC Portal
- Click the Students tab
- Click the "Financial Aid Portal" link
- Under Log In, provide your Social Security Number and password. If you do not have a password, click the "First Time User" link at the bottom-right and follow prompts.
For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships
Missing the "Financial Aid Portal" link?
To have access to the Financial Aid portal and apply for scholarships, the student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid.
If the students FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student
must fill out the FAFSA application first and once processed, will be able to complete
the general scholarship application.
Courses offered in the Mathematics department are transferrable to all public colleges and universities in Texas. Students who plan to transfer to a private institution or university outside of Texas are advised to contact the specific institution regarding course transferability.
The Texas Transfer Inventory Guide outlines mathematics course requirements by program for all public colleges and universities in Texas. This program inventory is maintained by the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Midland College has articulation agreements with a variety of schools and programs to assist our students with transferring to a university. Our curriculum maps, located in the catalog, provide a guided path for general transfer to our top five receiving institutions; however, your Pathways Advisor can assist you with a personalized plan for your specific transfer based on university and program. It is strongly recommended and encouraged that you contact your Pathways Advisor for assistance with course selection if you plan to transfer.
MIDLAND COLLEGE/SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY PROGRAM
Want to earn a Bachelor degree while staying right here at MC?
The Sul Ross @ MC Distance Program allows students to complete 11 different Baccalaureate degrees from Sul Ross State University while staying on the Midland College campus. Transfer up to 90 hours of lower level coursework directly into your selected degree plan. Advanced courses are presented via interactive televised lectures or web-based classes given by Sul Ross faculty, with labs being taught by Midland College faculty.
Student Mathematics League
The American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) Student Mathematics League is a timed problem-based national competition held in the fall and spring semesters to encourage critical thinking in pre-calculus mathematics. Teams of five or more students (or individual students) meet regularly to practice problem-solving strategies in preparation for the competition.
Student Research League
The American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) Student Research League is a national competition to encourage research problem solving in mathematics. Teams of one or more Midland College students meet regularly to practice problem solving and research skills in preparation for the STEM Challenge Problem competition held during the spring semester.
National Math Honor Society
Mu Alpha Theta is a National Math Honor Society for two-year colleges. The goal of Mu Alpha Theta is to recognize strong scholarship in math and to promote interest in and enjoyment of mathematics. Membership benefits include, but are not limited to, scholarship opportunities, research possibilities, and recognition at Midland College graduation.
MC Mathematics students who participate in the undergraduate research program learn to answer big questions using a process called mathematical modeling. This is the process by which a student uses the math that they know in a novel way to find a justifiable solution to big, messy questions. Past research questions include finding the safest (in terms of natural disasters) place to live in the United States, determining the best way to power a single residence, and developing an investment strategy for the stock market.
Mathematical research and education are at the heart of some careers, while other careers utilize mathematics and its applications to build and enhance important work in the sciences, business, finance, manufacturing, communications, and engineering. Here are two online sources for career information.
"I didn't think I wanted to go to college," said Rachel Harris. "Now I'll be starting a doctoral program at Texas Tech in the fall!"
Harris credits her mother for the encouragement she received to attend Midland College and now work toward a doctoral degree in Math. Harris fondly recalls her math and science professors at Midland College and said that it was at MC where she decided she also had an affinity for teaching.
As an MC student, Harris was employed as a tutor in the college's Math Lab and has worked for the MC Math/Science Division ever since.
“Are you in a band?”
That’s what Midland College (MC) students ask Ben Ortiz when they see him on campus.
“No one ever asks me if I teach math.” said Ortiz. “I guess it’s my ‘nontraditional’ look.”
In fact, however, the guy with the long hair, tattoos and “cool” clothes does teach math. Actually, Ben Ortiz just doesn’t teach it—he’s passionate about math, especially the math program at Midland College.
“Math at Midland College is where I found my place in life,” stated Ortiz.
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