Cadets and Company Grade Officers
Do you want to be a Mathelete? If you are currently a cadet or company grade officer and are interested in a future position in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, it is never too early to apply! The next Master's Degree ACS Board will consider officer for graduate school in the Fall of 2017. The suspense to have your complete WEST application submitted is 30 November 2015. If you are selected to become a rotating faculty member, you will participate in the Advanced Civil Schooling program, where you will earn a Master's Degree in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, or Statistics at one of several universities. Many of our officers chosen to be rotating faculty attend one of the foundation schools: Georgia Institute of Technology, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, or the Naval Postgraduate School. This is usually a twoyear program. Once you have received your degree, you will become part of the faculty as part of your utilization commitment. The usual tour of duty is 3 years. You can start your application file at any time by completing the Online Applicant Interest page. If you have already opened a file, you can access the W.E.S.T. link for USMA Candidates. Items that you will need for a complete file are as follows. You should be able to upload all of the items into WEST. If you have any problems, please contact LTC Isenhour or MAJ Ingram. If for any reason you are having difficulties using the W.E.S.T. website then contact the department directly.
NOTE: WE RECOMMEND YOU POST INFORMATION TO YOUR FILE AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND CONTINUALLY UPDATE YOUR FILE RATHER THAN WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE EVERYTHING TOGETHER. ELECTRONIC COPIES AND FAXES ARE ACCEPTABLE. The points of contact for all applicants are LTC Michelle Isenhour or MAJ Elijah Ingram. Our job is to help you complete your file, answer your questions, and ensure that you receive full and fair consideration. Do not hesitate to write or call! You can also reach us by phone or email: LTC Michelle Isenhour: (845) 9388133 (DSN: 6888133) MAJ Elijah Ingram: (845) 9388135 (DSN: 6888135) 
The Omar N. Bradley Officer Research Fellowships in Mathematics
Omar Nelson Bradley by Clarence MacNelly
The Omar N. Bradley Foundation will, in 2015, grant ten Omar N. Bradley Officer Research Fellowships in Mathematics. The Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences, U.S. Military Academy shall constitute a faculty board to review applications and recommend deserving recipients. The Foundation Board of Governors of the Omar N. Bradley Foundation, acting on behalf of the Chief of Staff of the Army, is the approving authority for fellowship awards. The Custodian of the Omar N. Bradley Foundation will disburse funding directly to the persons selected for fellowship awards. Selection of the Fellows will be made without regard to rank, branch, or affiliation with the USMA Department of Mathematical Sciences. Funds will be granted to those officers who are “actively engaged” in the study of mathematics who have the bestdeveloped plans for conducting significant work, have demonstrated analytic research ability, and have the potential for the fellowship to result in a highquality effort. Officers may reapply annually.
Who May Apply. Active duty officers of any branch of service who are actively engaged in the study of the Mathematical Sciences. Active engagement in the study of Mathematical Sciences includes any activity related to the learning of mathematics, the teaching of mathematics, or the applications of mathematics to a military problem. Proposals should be able to be completed within three years. Officers who have been awarded a fellowship in the past may apply again; however, these applicants should provide details in their new application about the progress they have made on previous awards and how the previously received funding has been used to support their efforts with regard to the awarded proposal.
How To Apply. Interested officers meeting the eligibility requirements specified above should apply to the Secretary of the Faculty Board for the Omar N. Bradley Officer Research Fellowships in Mathematics.
Notes. Whether the results are published or presented, a reference will be made that the effort was funded (either fully or partially) by the Omar Nelson Bradley Fellowships. Recipients should provide a status report to the Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences, U.S. Military Academy, within two years of receipt of funding. The report should provide a summary of progress completed on the study efforts associated with the original proposal. The report should also indicate how the funding supported the study efforts. The report should indicate if the funding was used to support travel, equipment purchases, data purchases, contracted research assistance, or software purchases. If the funding was used to support other types of purchases in support of the study efforts, the recipient should specify how the funding was used. The report should include a revised budget for any remaining funds as well as a revised timeline for any remaining activities associated with the original proposal. Recipients should submit a report of their completed efforts within three years of receipt of funding. These reports will be collected by the Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences, U.S. Military Academy, and forwarded to the Board of Governors of the Omar N. Bradley Foundation.
Selection of the Omar N. Bradley Officer Research Fellowships in Mathematics. The Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences, U.S. Military Academy shall constitute a faculty board to review applications and recommend deserving recipients. The faculty board shall consist of at least four voting faculty members of the USMA Department of Mathematical Sciences. The faculty board will convene in late February 2015. The faculty board will forward its recommendations to the Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences by 28 February 2015. The Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences will forward recommendations to the Board of Governors of the Omar N. Bradley Foundation in early March 2015.
Contact. Please contact LTC Michael Yankovich (michael.yankovich@usma.edu) if you have any questions.

Advanced Core Mathematics Program
What is the Advanced Core Mathematics Program? The Advanced Core Mathematics Program is a voluntary twosemester advanced mathematics sequence for selected cadets who have validated single variable calculus and demonstrated strength in the mathematical sciences. It is designed to provide a foundation for the continued study of mathematics, technology, sciences, and engineering. Students in the program study Advanced Multivariable Calculus (MA153) during their first semester and Mathematical Modeling and Introduction to Differential Equations (MA255) in their second semester. Students will then return to the core mathematics program to take Probability and Statistics (MA206) in the fall of yearling year  one semester before cadets in the regular core Math Program. Course Descriptions MA153  Advanced Multivariable Calculus This course consists of an advanced coverage of topics in multivariable calculus. Topics include a detailed study of vectors and geometry of space, vector functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals and vector calculus. An understanding of course material is enhanced through the use of Mathematica (computer algebra system). MA255  Mathematical Modeling and Introduction to Differential Equations This course emphasizes the interaction between mathematics and the physical sciences through modeling with differential equations. Topics include a study of first order differential equations, first order difference equations, Laplace transforms, second order differential equations, series solution techniques, systems of first order linear equations, numerical methods, and nonlinear equations and stability. An understanding of course material is enhanced through the use of Mathematica (computer algebra system) and Excel (spreadsheet). Frequently Asked Questions Q. How do I know if I should try to validate single variable calculus and enroll in the Advanced Core Mathematics Program? A. You should seriously consider this program if you have already taken, or are currently taking, Calculus I, II, or III at the high school or college level. Q. Can I validate single variable calculus but not enroll into the Advanced Core Mathematics Program? A. No. There are two primary core mathematics tracts at West Point: the Advanced Core Mathematics Program and the Core Mathematics Program. Students enrolled in the Advanced Core Math Program receive single variable calculus validation credit (MA104) and take three math courses as part of their core math requirement (MA153, MA255, & MA206). Students in the Core Math Program must take four math courses to satisfy their core math requirement (MA103, MA104, MA205 & MA206). There is also a fivecourse track for students who start the core program with precalculus: (MA100, MA101, MA104, MA205 & MA206). Q. I have heard the core math program at West Point is difficult enough without taking advanced courses. What are the benefits of the Advanced Core Mathematics Program? A. The immediate benefit of enrolling in the Advanced Core Math Program is the ability to satisfy your core math requirement in three semesters, essentially allowing you to take an additional course while at West Point. You may choose to begin courses within your major a semester early or possibly take an additional elective you are interested in. The second, and most important, benefit is that you will be exposed to topics not covered in the Core Math Program such as advanced vector calculus and a full semester devoted to differential equations. This is particularly important if you are considering a math, science, or engineering major as you will be better prepared for the advanced classes you will take in your second, third and fourth years. Q. How are students selected for the Advanced Core Mathematics Program? A. Acceptance into the program is based on your Summer Validation Exam score, your SAT/ACT Math scores, any AP Calculus scores, and any college level calculus grades. Q. What is the Summer Validation exam? A. The Summer Validation Exam is two hours long and tests your comprehension of singlevariable calculus concepts (typically topics covered in college Calculus I & II courses) without the use of technology (i.e. graphing calculator). The exam is offered during the first week of Cadet Basic Training (CBT) and signifies your intent to enroll in the Advanced Core Mathematics Program. Therefore, you must take this exam in order to be considered for the program. Q. Does taking the AP Calculus BC exam offer any advantages over the AP Calculus AB exam with regards to validation? A. The Calculus BC exam covers several topics not tested in the Calculus AB exam. These topics include integrals in polar coordinates, sequences and series, as well as some additional integration techniques (such as integration by parts and integration by partial fractions). Studying for and taking the Calculus BC exam would give you a definite advantage in the advanced mathematics program. Q. If I take the AP Calculus BC exam will my AB subscore be equal to an AB exam score? A. Yes, your AB subscore is treated exactly the same as a Calculus AB exam score. Q. What is considered a "good" AP Calculus exam score? A. A candidate who scores a 4 or 5 on the AB Exam or a 3, 4, or 5 on the BC exam would be a good candidate for the advanced mathematics program. Q. I wasn't planning on taking either AP Calculus exam  can I still take the validation exam and be accepted into the Advanced Core Mathematics Program? A. Yes. Although we strongly encourage our students to take an AP Calculus exam we understand that this is not possible in every case. Students with no AP Exam scores on file can be accepted into the program based on their Summer Validation Exam score, their SAT/ACT Math scores, and any college level calculus grades. Historically, students accepted into our program without an AP Calculus exam score performed very well on the Summer Validation Exam. Q. How can I get more information? A. You can email MAJ Josiah Pickett with any additional questions. 