ROCKFORD, Ill. — Rockford University welcomes nine regional high schools to campus Saturday, Feb. 17 for the 2018 NIATM Math Invitational, the Northern Illinois Association of Teachers of Mathematics’ annual math competition. 

The invitational, hosted by Rockford University’s math department, Math Club, the NIATM and numerous volunteers, is set for 1-4:30 p.m. in the Starr Science Center. Hundreds of competitors from 10 local high schools—Belvidere, Boylan, Harlem, Hononegah, Rochelle, Rockford Christian, Winnebago, Woodstock and Woodstock North—will attend the event with their coaches and guardians for individual and team tests in several disciplines.


Schumaker Prize

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Schumaker Prize

994 – Dean Meyer
1995 – Alexander Kain
1996 – Timothy T. Konrad
1997 – Wayne Fetter
1998 – Brian Harty
1999 – Lisa Wise
2000 – Jo-Ann Valdivia
2001 – Melissa Kussner
2002 – Svetlana Petkova
2003 – Heather Holzwarth
2004 – Ellie Etminan
2005 – Lauren Poppen
2006 – Joseph R. Haney
2007 – Alen Vrebac
2008 – Amy M Rich 2009 – Mohit Singh


Barrick Research Award

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Barrick Research Award Winners

1998 – Lisa Wise, Brian Schofield
1999 – Kari Ebens, Jo-Ann Valdivia
2000 – Melissa Kussner, Elizabeth Sweet
2001 – Svetlana Petkova, Shannon Widlowski
2002 – David Grover, Heather Holzwarth
2003 – Joshua Glovinsky
2004 – Nathan Sweeney
2005 – Erin Moller
2006 – Amy M. Rich
2007 – Amy M. Rich, Angela M. Snow
2008 – Megan E Hofstetter

Conklin Award

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Conklin Award

1995 – Christopher Aylward
1996 – James B. Dole, Wayne Fetter
1997 – Bradley Barrie, Lisa Wise
1998 – David Bogner, Aimee Stivers
1999 – David Bogner
2000 – Melissa Kussner
2001 – Jackie Guy, Svetlana Petkova
2002 – Adam Peck, Carie Swanson
2003 – Jerome Foss
2004 – Erin Moller
2005 – Joseph Haney
2006 – Alen Vrebac
2007 – Aaron M K Insko
2008 – Audra L Carlson
2009 – Audra L Carlson

Calculus Achievement Award

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Calculus Achievement Award Winners

1962 – Dennis J. Palmini
1963 – Carol J. Daley
1964 – Charles Silver
1965 – Carolyn J. Mattila
1966 – Michael L. Landes
1967 – James Curtis
1968 – Johannes Veldhuis
1969 – Kathleen Majcan
1970 – Patrick Shanahan
1971 – Kathleen Mokate
1972 – A. Scott Forsburg
1973 – William R. Paulson, Charles E. Ritzke
1974 – Diane J. Bundens
1975 – Jeffrey Klotz, John Morrissey
1976 – Herbert E. Borbe, Jr.
1977 – J. Scott Hudnall, Cynthia Kleindienst
1978 – Deborah J. Fredricks, Mark S. Zumhagen
1979 – James Harker, Donna Kmen
1980 – Patricia Novak
1981 – Susan Martin, Donna Mueller
1982 – Ellen Evans, Jayne Mariani
1983 – Brian R. Bowley, Wayne A. Martin
1984 – Randall A. Cook
1985 – Timothy A. Anderson, Dawn M. DeSousa
1986 – Andreas Lauer
1987 – Linda M. Abrahams, Tracey A. Kelleher
1988 – Nancy C. Casten, Tracey R. Winters
1989 – James K. Konrad, Karen I. Miraglia
1990 – Jon A. Johnson, David C. Wilson
1991 – Steven W. Siekerski
1992 – Carolyn S. Schauer, Eric Seger
1993 – Karen Hoover, Daniel C. Konrad
1994 – Tim Konrad
1995 – Jeffery Damon
1996 – Bradley Barrie
1997 – Jakob Krummenacher
1998 – Marcia Clinton
1999 – Tracie Knobeloch
2000 – Angela Valaisis
2001 – Heather Holzwarth
2002 – Jody Beilke
2003 – Zachary Cook
2004 – Erin Moller
2005 – Ashley Holzwarth
2006 – Angela M. Snow
2007 – Mohit Singh
2008 – Matthew D Brynteson
2009 – N/A

**Known as the Freshman Mathematics Achievement Award (1962 – 1989)


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Students (math majors) interested in becoming certified to teach mathematics at the secondary level must complete all the mathematics general track requirements (MATH 314 and MATH 350 strongly recommended), a minor in secondary education, and additional general education requirements for Illinois State Certification.

Department Information

Starr Science Building
Program Chair - Dr. Filiz Dik Ph.D.
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5166

Math Lab

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Got a Math Problem? There is free help at the Math Lab, Starr 302A!

Math Lab is open (closed during breaks such as holidays, Fall and Spring breaks etc.) from the second week of classes through the last day of classes.


Math Lab Assistantships

Students who have successfully completed the calculus sequence are eligible to work in the Math Lab. Eligible students can apply for a math lab assistant position on the first or second day of classes at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. There are only 12 paid hours each week available. Please contact Dr. Mehmet Dik,, for an application.

Even though there are only 12 paid hours each week, some students work voluntarily as part of their community service projects.

“The Math Lab exists as refuge and haven for those who ‘get it’ and salvation for those who don’t.” –Bern Sundstedt ’77

Department Information

Starr Science Building
Program Chair - Dr. Filiz Dik Ph.D.
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5166


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Professor of Mathematics; Chair, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics
Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology
M.S., Missouri University of Science and Technology
B.S., University of Istanbul
Phone: 815-226-4135
Fax: 815-394-5166
Dr. Mehmet Dik, professor and chair of the mathematics, computer science, and physics department, joined the Rockford University mathematics department in the fall of 2003 after working for Hendrix College, Conway, Ark., as a visiting assistant professor of Mathematics for one year. In June 1993, he received his B.S. degree with the highest rank in mathematics from the University of Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey. While he was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Istanbul in 1994, he won a six-year-scholarship from the Ministry of National Education of Turkey to get M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the USA. He received his M.S. degree (1997) and Ph.D. degree (2002) in mathematics from the University of Missouri – Rolla, Miss., USA.

Mehmet’s passion is teaching mathematics and doing research. His current areas of research and interest are summability theory, subsequential Tauberian theory, Taubeian theorems, undergraduate research, and university teaching.

Mehmet Dik is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Turkish Mathematical Society, and the Mathematical Association of America. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Northern Illinois Association of Teachers of Mathematics. At Rockford University, Dr. Dik teaches Algebra Skills I, Algebra Skills II, Functions and Graphs, Trigonometry, Calculus I, Calculus II, Advanced Calculus I, Beginning Statistics, Elements of Statistics, Mathematical Analysis for Management (for MBA students), Differential Equations, Introduction to Complex Analysis, Introduction to Linear Algebra, and Abstract Algebra.
Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Montana
M.S., Oregon State University
B.A., Western Washington State University

Professional Experience

Rockford University Mathematics Department; Rockford, Illinois

Mathematics Department Professor: 1979-2006 (Retired)

Computer Science Department Chair: 1981-1999, 2004-2005

Mathematics Department Chair: 1993-2005

Academic Dean, 2/92-7/93

University of Montana; Missoula, Montana

Teaching Assistant(Mathematics) 1972-1979

Northern Montana College; Havre, Montana

Assistant Professor(Mathematics) 1970-1972

Oregon State University; Corvallis, Oregon

Teaching Assistant(Mathematics 1962-1965; Statistics 1967-1970)

University of the Philippines; Laguna, Republic of Philippines

Visiting Instructor(Applied Mathematics, 1965-1967) ,Peace Corps

Current Professional Affiliations

Mathematical Association of America

American Mathematical Society

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Northern Illinois Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Illinois Section of the American Mathematical Society

Illinois Academy of Science

Phi Delta Kappa

Current Areas of Research and Interest

Computer Graphics

Chaotic Dynamical Systems


University Teaching

Faculty/Administrative Duties within the Past 15 Years

Academic Dean, 1992-3

Curriculum Committee, 1991, 1998-2000

Retention, Tenure & Promotion Committee, 1989-91, 1994-6, 2003-2006

Graduate Studies Committee, 2003-2005

Strategic Planning; Chair of Academic Plan, 1992-3

Academic Standards Committee, 1997

Forum Series Committee, 2001-2003, 2005-2006

UDRWPS Exam Reader, 1993-5

General Education Assessment Task Force Chair, 1999-2000

Faculty Advisory Committee to State of Illinois Board of Higher

Education, 1997-2000

Grants/Awards within the Past 15 Years

Sears Award for Teaching Excellence, 1990

Sabbatical Leave, Spring 1995



The Computer and the Service Course


Arrow Diagrams

A Machineless Mini-Computer

String Games

The Role of Hand Calculators in the Math Class


Sensitive Question Surveys

Ceva's Theorem


Computer Literacy for the HR Manager


An Application of Nonlinear Systems of Partial Differential Equations In Pharmacokinteics

CHARTER CLUB (Rockford University)

An Introduction to Computers

Rockford Women's Club

Computers Today


Who is Hank?


What is Calculus?

The Concept of Limit

The Concept of Area

Introduction to Circular Functions

Trigonometric Integrals

Areas in Polar Coordinates

Mathematical Puzzles, Curiosities and Tricks

Careers in Computer Science

Using Computers to Solve Equations

How to Ask Sensitive Questions Without Getting Punched in the Nose


Rockford Memorial Hospital

Ingersoll Cutting Tool

Bloom Elementary School

East High School

Community Activity

Phi Delta Kappa

Recipient of Distinguished Service Key

President-Elect, President, Past-President

Vice-President of Programs-Elect, Vice-President of Programs

Professional Development Institute Coordinator

Northern Illinois Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Board of Directors

Christ Church Unity

Board of Directors, Treasurer, President


Coach, Assistant Coach

Cub Scouts

Cub Master

Webelo Leader

Leadership Council

United Way

Rockford University Campaign Manager

Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology
M.S., Abant Izzet Baysal University
B.S., Middle East Technical University
Phone: 815-226-4124
Dr. Filiz Dik, Professor of Mathematics, joined Rockford University (formerly Rockford College) in 2006 after working for Edgewood College, Madison, WI, as a tenure-track assistant professor of Mathematics for two years (2004-2006) and working for RU as an adjunct instructor for a year (2003-2004).

After completing her primary and secondary education in her home town Bolu, Turkey, she received her B.S. degree from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She worked as a research and teaching assistant at Abant Izzet Baysal University and received her M.S. degree from the same university. Later, she started her Ph.D. studies at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri-S&T), formerly known as University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) under the guidance of Prof. C.V. Stanojevic. During her Ph.D. studies, she worked as a teaching assistant and was also awarded a two-year scholarship from International Peace Scholarship.  She received her Ph.D. degree in mathematics from UMR in 2002.

At Rockford University, Filiz teaches Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Beginning Statistics, Elements of Statistics, Nature of Mathematics I and II for elementary school teachers,  Theory of Numbers, Higher Geometry, Probability Models, Numerical Analysis, Problem Solving Seminar, and Mathematical Analysis for Management (for MBA students) using Geometer’s Sketchpad, online course management systems MyMathLab and Web Assign. She enjoys teaching mathematics to both traditional and non-traditional students and working with them on student-faculty research projects. She has supervised many student-faculty summer research projects since 2009. She was nominated for the U.S. Professors of the Year Award by RU in 2013. She was also nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009/10, 2011/12, and 2015/16 academic years, as well as the Last Lecture Award in 2012/13.

Dr. Filiz Dik has published a number of research papers at peer-reviewed international mathematics journals. She is a member of American Mathematical Society (AMS), Sigma Xi Professional Society, Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and American Association of University Women (AAUW).  She served on Assessment Academy Team of Higher Learning Commission (AAT), the Advisory Committee on Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) and the Committee on Academic Assessment and Planning (CAAP) at Rockford University. She chaired CAAP in 2010/11 academic year and RTP in 2013/14. In the community, she served as the Evaluator of NIMS (Northwestern Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership) Project from 2010-2012. Currently, she serves as a Director 13+ on Northern Illinois Association of Teachers of Mathematics (NIATM) Board, also on STEM Scholarship Committee of AAUW. She also volunteers for various activities at local schools like Brookview Elementary, Montessori Private Academy, Washington, Marshall, and Auburn Gifted Academies as well as Washington Park Community Center.

She has been living in Rockford, IL, with her husband Dr. Mehmet Dik and two daughters Melis and Selin.
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
M.S., Northern Illinois University
B.A., Valparaiso University
Phone: 815-568-7096
Fax: 815-394-5166
Experience in teaching began with six years as a math teacher at Jefferson High School. Along with teaching a full range of courses, he developed a Life Skills Math course used to remediate incoming freshman. Eight years at Huntley High School teaching Chemistry, Physics as well as developing a lab based Science Survey course for freshman, an AP electronics course, an astronomy course, Conceptual Physics course, bio-tech and Fundamentals of Technology.

Concurrently, tutored math in the evenings at Rockford Learning Center for about 24 years.

Interests include gardening, woodworking, fish farming, attempting to keep abreast of broad range of scientific discoveries.
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
M.S., Educational Administration, Northern Illinois University
B.S., Mathematics, Western Illinois University
Phone: 815-226-4056
Fax: 815-394-5166

Department Information

Starr Science Building
Program Chair - Dr. Filiz Dik Ph.D.
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5166

Scholarships and Awards

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Calculus Achievement Award
The Calculus Achievement Award is given to the student achieving the highest GPA in the three-semester university calculus sequence taken at RU.


Aline Bartholomew Conklin Award in Mathematics
This award is given in memory of Aline who was a 1920 alumnae of Rockford University, who went on to become president of the Alumni Association and a member of our Board of Trustees. It is given to the sophomore/junior declared math major showing the greatest promise of success in career in the mathematical sciences.


Senior Prize in Mathematics
The Senior Prize in Mathematics is given to the most outstanding Senior Mathematics Major in Math 495 Senior Seminar.  It is based on academic performance and GPA.


For more information on scholarships relevant to this department, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Department Information

Starr Science Building
Program Chair - Dr. Filiz Dik Ph.D.
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5166