The Applied Math in Missions trip is for math majors who are interested in applying their degree towards addressing world problems within the context of redemptive ministry. The applied math major aims to bring solid mathematical expertise to bear upon those world issues that require both interdisciplinary knowledge and an informed Christian perspective. Consequently, the main motivation for the major is to facilitate a Christian response to current problems including energy and environment, epidemiology and health, hydrology and agriculture, population and economics by a thorough program of math and science that is integrally and explicitly related to witness and ministry.
Every summer, although the effort is coupled with prior student/faculty research accomplished during the preceding semesters, the Math Department will be doing on-site applied mathematics research coupled with ministry in sites both in the U.S. and at foreign locations. Previous years have included mathematical research oriented towards Earthquake Resistant Construction for developing communities, which included a ten day Math and Missions trip to Acapulco-Ometepec, Mexico. In addition to Mexico, the Math Department has already been involved in Japan, Honduras, and Ethiopia. Next summer the Applied Math and Missions trip expects to locate their research effort at a site within the U.S..