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.


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

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


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


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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
Phone: 815-397-813
Fax: 815-394-5166
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


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

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.


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

Careers and Internships

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The spectrum of career opportunities for mathematics majors is quite appealing, with teaching and computer-related work being among the more popular. With a severe shortage of mathematicians in academia and in industry looming in the near future, a major in mathematics also provides a very viable entry into academic and actuarial professions and a variety of positions in industry, the computer field, and governmental service.


Where are they now?

Ellie Etminan, 2004
Instructor for Learning Center at Rock Valley College

Robert Eisele, 2003
Graduate Student in Electrical Engineering at NIU

Adam Peck, 2002
Manager of Sam’s Club Chicago

David Bogner, 2000
Investment Counselor for SEVANT; recently entered Trinity Graduate School to become a pastor

Jackie Guy, 2000

Brian Schofield, 1999
Network Engineer for a Hospital in Bloomington

Lisa Wise, 1999
Mathematics Teacher at Hononegah High School

Approximately 50% of our Mathematics Majors have gone on to teach secondary or middle school mathematics.


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