The awarding of departmental honors to a mathematics major signifies that the student has a deep knowledge of
the subject and has completed a substantial creative achievement outside of the normal coursework for the major. To
receive honors, mathematics majors must have a GPA of at least 3.5 in their mathematics courses and complete an honors
project supervised by a mathematics faculty member and approved by a departmental honors committee. Interested
students should consult with the department chairperson.
The Thomas G. Lathrop Award
The Thomas G. Lathrop Award is a monetary award presented annually since 1980 in memory of Professor Thomas G. Lathrop. The award is presented to students who have demonstrated excellence in mathematics or computer science at Salem State. Students are selected based on recommendations by faculty in the mathematics and computer science departments and on their overall achievements in mathematics and computer science courses. The funding of the award is provided entirely by contributions from the Lathrop family and from members of the Salem State community and it is independent of university funds.
The Jane Claffey Service Award is an honor presented annually since 2018 in memory of Jane Claffey, who served as the Math Lab supervisor from 1984-2017. The award is presented to students who demonstrate exceptional dedication to service to the mathematical community at Salem State as Jane did during her tenure with Salem State. Award winners are chosen based on recommendations by faculty members in the mathematics department and on their overall contributions in service of the department community. Such contributions might include work in the Math Lab or for the Center for Academic Excellence, experience as a supplemental instructor, or participation in the Math Society.