Combinatorial mathematics for Community Collaboration

February 27, 2015

Students in UMM’s math department developed statistical models to examine the behavior of Stevens County economic data over a period of time. The result was a display of seasonal economic and employment fluctuations in certain industries, and an evaluation of the trends in these fluctuations.

Students in Combinatorial Mathematics course analyzed transportation and network flow within the city of Morris. They developed partnerships with the local department of transportation and police departments. The students developed the most efficient snow plow routes and studied how to best place street signs.

The Design of Experiments course analyzed four topics relating to water and land usage for various community organizations. Each student wrote a 45-80 page paper on his or her assigned topic. To conduct their research students visited the West Central Minnesota Experiment Station, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation District. The results were presented to the local Wetland Management District and the Soil and Water Conservation District.

Carol McCannon, Service Learning Coordinator at 612.589.6083 or

This information originally appeared in “”Science and Society: Redefining the Relationship”” by Stephen Miller. Published by Campus Compact, 1996.

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