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RUM Principle

We are convinced that efficient mathematics education for science students is characterized by the acronym RUM. Here R is for Relevant to both courses and research in the science; U is for Useful to not only the courses and research, but also to future jobs; and M is for Modern, incorporating recent progress and tools, especially progress in computing and data science. Improving this situation will not happen overnight. Meeting these RUM criteria will require time and commitment to changing the curriculum to better support learning. Progress will necessarily be incremental. Mathematics courses and instructors can both evolve to help meet the objective of well-educated students prepared for successful careers.