From http://www.maa.org/programs/faculty-and-departments/pic-math

## What is PIC Math?

PIC Math prepares mathematical sciences students for industrial careers by engaging them in research problems that come directly from industry.

The PIC Math program aims to:

- Increase awareness among mathematical sciences faculty and undergraduates about non-academic career options.
- Provide research experience working on real problems from business, industry and government.
- Prepare students for industrial careers.

A strong component of PIC Math involves students working as a group on a semester-long undergraduate research problem from business, industry, or government. Undergraduate research is a high impact teaching and learning practice and has been shown to improve students abilities in:

- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
- Independent thinking
- Communicating

All these traits and skills are valued by employers of STEM professionals. PIC Math will supply faculty with tools to offer students experiences designed to better prepare them for the demands that accompany non-academic jobs.

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