Mathematics

Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, and Discover

As a mathematics minor, you’ll gain an edge working in research, with numbers, and with data. This means you’ll be well prepared to collaborate alongside experts in hospitals, schools, and research institutions to solve practical problems in business, engineering, government, and the sciences.

In addition, this minor prepares you to become an insurance actuary, mortgage specialist, estate planner, risk analyst, urban planner or market research analyst, thanks to the strong foundation in analysis and statistics.

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Real Experience — Every Year

The Keuka College Field Period® gives you the chance to have four separate internships in Mathematics, starting your freshman year.

Explore different practice settings and career paths to see which one is the right fit for you

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Program Overview

Classes that cover analysis, algebra, geometry, statistics, and calculus prepare students like you for their next step in life, whether it is graduate school or the job market.

At Keuka College, you complete one Field Period® experience each year you’re here. These internships provide invaluable experience and will give you an edge when entering the job market or graduate school. Mathematics majors gain that edge by working as a research assistant alongside mathematicians in a college setting, a veterinary hospital, a school district, or other locales.

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At Keuka College, you’re able to work with published, world-class scientists and mathematicians every day. Here, your professors are eager to teach, work on research projects with you, and share their knowledge.

Professors in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have been recognized as professors of the year, and many are decade-long veterans of the program.

Dr. Catherine Abbott

Professor of Mathematics

Academic Credentials

University of North Texas
Ph.D.
University of North Texas
M.A.
University of Texas at Tyler
B.S.

Dr. Todd Anderson

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Academic Credentials

Cornell University
Ph.D.
University of Idaho
M.S. in Environmental Science
University of Alaska Southeast
B.S. in Environmental Science

Dr. Laurel Hester

Assistant Provost
Associate Professor of Biology

Academic Credentials

University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Ph.D. in Biology
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
M.S. in Biology
Swarthmore College
B.A. in Biology and History

Biography

Dr. Laurel Hester is the Assistant Provost and an Associate Professor of Biology at Keuka College. She has a B.A. in Biology and History from Swarthmore College where she fell in love with the small college learning environment with its supportive atmosphere and close student-faculty interactions. Dr. Hester has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She is a co-author for a Biological Science Study Guide and has other publications related to teaching biology. She enjoys travel and studied rodents in agricultural areas as a Fulbright Scholar in Senegal. She has also lived abroad in France and South Africa.

Professional Interests

Biology, scholarship of teaching and learning, and vertebrate physiological ecology.

Jessica Katolik

Instructor of Natural Sciences

Academic Credentials

University of Rochester
M.S. in Pharmacology and Physiology
Rochester Institute of Technology
B.S. in Biotechnology

Dr. Michael Keck

Interim Chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Professor of Chemistry

Academic Credentials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D.
University of California at Berkeley
B.S.

Biography

Dr. Keck joined the faculty at Keuka College in 2008 after 13 years teaching at Emporia State University (Kansas). He teaches chemistry and biochemistry, and has also taught analytical chemistry and inorganic chemistry. His primary area of expertise is nucleic acids biochemistry. He loves teaching, and he is also eager to work with students on research projects. He and his students are presently collaborating with colleagues at RIT to design and evaluate compounds that have potential as photodynamic therapy agents.

Dr. Luciana Parent

Assistant Professor of Biology

Academic Credentials

University of Sao Paulo/Cornell University (Sandwich Program)
Ph.D.
Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)
M.S.
Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)
B.S.

Dr. Andrew Robak

Professor of Chemistry

Academic Credentials

University of Oregon
Ph.D.
University of Oregon
M.S. in Chemistry
Rochester Institute of Technology
B.S. in Environmental Chemistry

Biography

Dr. Robak started teaching at Keuka College in the Fall of 2007 and is the primary instructor for organic chemistry at Keuka.

He is the adviser for Keuka's chemistry club and also directs a number of undergraduate research projects. Active research projects include: Exploring click chemistry for organic synthesis, developing new surfboard coatings from polyurethanes, designing chemistry experiments for home-schooled children at the high school level and a project using chemistry and photography to promote both art and science.

Other research interests are: designing more environmentally friendly lab experiments

Professional Interests

chemistry, organic chemistry, science based medicine, green chemistry, science in popular culture, science as art, polymers/plastics, science education, explosive chemistry demonstrations, inorganic chemistry

Dr. Tim Sellers

Associate Provost
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Director of the Center for Aquatic Research

Academic Credentials

University of Louisville
Ph.D. in Environmental Biology
University of Louisville
M.S. in Biology
University of Colorado Boulder
B.A. in Environmental Science

Biography

Dr. Tim Sellers is the Associate Provost and Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Keuka College. He is the founder and director of the Center for Aquatic Research at Keuka College and the head science advisor for the Keuka Lake Association. Dr. Sellers has a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, an M.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the University of Louisville, and was a post-doctoral fellow in Oceanography at Texas A&M University. He has conducted aquatic and water quality research on Keuka Lake and the other Finger Lakes for 15 years.

Professional Interests

Limnology, oceanography, ecology

Dr. Mark Sugalski

Division Chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Professor of Biology

Academic Credentials

Miami University
Ph.D. in Zoology
Miami University
M.S. in Zoology
Roger Williams University
B.S. in Biology/Environmental Chemistry

Contact Information

Dr. Catherine Abbott

Professor of Mathematics

(315) 279-5695
cabbott@keuka.edu