Richard Sprague Undergraduate Math Majors Resource Room

Open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday

Undergraduate majors may arrange hours outside of this with the Math Office.

We hope that it will be a good place to go between classes or after classes. You can:

  • meet other math majors
  • find a quiet place to sit and work between classes
  • relax and play games (such as Chess or Go)

The room contains:

  • math books and magazines
  • resources on jobs in mathematics
  • puzzles and games
  • computer stations


The room, named in honor of Professor Richard Sprague, was dedicated in May 2006. Professor Sprague received his B.S. in 1949 from Maryville (in Tennessee), then his M.S. in 1952 and his Ph.D. in 1961 both from the University of Kentucky. He came to Iowa State in 1961 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1967.

Professor Sprague had a special interest in mathematics education and a special concern for undergraduates. He was active with Pi Mu Epsilon (the mathematics honorary society) and gave much appreciated talks on such subjects as "Pigeon-Hole, Shepherd, and Ice Cream Parlor Principles" and "Applications of Modular Arithmetic". He retired in 1995.