Distinction is an academic honor recognizing outstanding work in a particular discipline. General information about distinction at St. Olaf College is found in the *College Catalog*.

*Distinction in Mathematics* involves three criteria, listed below. Satisfying each of the following criteria makes a student’s work worthy of consideration for receiving Distinction in Mathematics. In general, these criteria are necessary but not sufficient conditions. However, under extraordinary circumstances a student not satisfying all three criteria might be considered for distinction.

- Minimum 3.6 GPA in courses labeled MATH.
- Significant coursework beyond the minimum requirements for the math major, including at least three 300-level MATH courses.
- Distinguished work in at least one of the following areas:
- Scholarly inquiry in mathematics or mathematics education, resulting in a paper and public presentation.
- Independent study in mathematics or mathematics education with a St. Olaf faculty member, resulting in a paper and public presentation.
- Extensive participation and significant achievement in mathematics problem-solving activities and contests. Participation should be sustained over two or more years; high scores and public presentation of solutions are measures of such achievement.

An application for Distinction in Mathematics will be made available to graduating math majors in the spring of each academic year. If you have questions about Distinction in Mathematics, please contact the Director of Mathematics.