The Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (CASMNS)

The Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences is a unique and specialized program at Collin College for highly motivated and talented students majoring in mathematics or natural sciences. The Center offers opportunities for selected students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics to participate in a variety of undergraduate research activities. Students intending to pursue higher education in mathematics or the natural sciences will greatly benefit from participating in the CASMNS program. 


What Is Required to Participate?

STEM Major

Major in STEM

CASMNS is targeted towards students majoring in STEM fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, geology, mathematics, and physics.


Maintain GPA of 3.0

Students are encouraged to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Interview with prospective CASMNS research mentor

Interested students should meet with CASMNS research faculty to discuss available research opportunities in their area of expertise.


What Areas of Research are Available?

Most projects are part of ongoing research activities by a specific faculty member and require guidance and oversight. Faculty members with research projects and a listing of recent research projects can be found on the CASMNS Canvas course. It's important to note that CASMNS research professors are actively involved in teaching, with full teaching commitments. Consequently, their capacity to accommodate students for research each semester is limited, and availability may vary. Thus, it is crucial that you express your motivation and interest in a timely manner. To be involved in research is exciting but will require a positive attitude plus extra time and effort on top of your regular academic schedule.


Fall 2024 CASMNS Student Information Sessions

     Plano Campus: TBA

     Frisco Campus: TBA

     iCollin: TBA


CASMNS & STEM Student Poster Presentations

     Friday, December 6 in the Atrium at the Plano Campus from 10 am to 1 pm


CASMNS Speaker Series
CASMNS Spotlight

   Tracking asteroids: Scientists in the making



A listing of current CASMNS faculty and research projects is available on the CASMNS Canvas page.