The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a community of scholars committed to excellence in research and instruction. We offer a comprehensive set of curricula in our disciplines, from introductory-level general education courses to doctoral dissertation direction and postdoctoral mentoring. Undergraduate majors enjoy a broad array of options through which they can earn the bachelor's degree, and can also apply to participate in summer research activities. The Department's Ph.D. program appears among the top public graduate programs in the recent National Research Council rankings. The M.S. programs in both Applied Mathematics and Statistics contribute to an important pipeline of professionally trained students who enter the high-technology industrial sector.
Faculty News Briefs
On 16 November, Professor Erin Conlon gave the Department of Mathematics and Statistics seminar at the University of Maine; her lecture was titled "Parallel Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods for Bayesian Analysis of Big Data."
At Penn's Minimal Surfaces Seminar on 21 November, Professor Rob Kusner talked about the "Morse index and Willmore stability of minimal surfaces in spheres."
Professor Franz Pedit gave a talk titled "Conformal flows minimizing the elastic (Willmore) energy for curves and surfaces" at the Oberseminar of the Leibnitz University Hannover on 8 November.