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Department of Mathematics

Whether you're interested in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or teaching mathematics, we will help you build a foundation in Mathematics for a successful career in a technological society and competitive global environment.

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As a CMU mathematics student, you'll have opportunities to:

  • Collaborate with faculty on high impact research projects with financial support.
  • Interact with your mathematics peers through fun activities such as the Integration Bee and Pi-Day events.
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Mathematics Assistance Center

Free service: Our Mathematics Assistance Center tutors are ready to help with a wide range of courses from Elementary Algebra to Calculus 3 and beyond, as well as a variety of statistics-based courses. Students who regularly get help from the Mathematics Assistance Center receive higher grades in their mathematics/statistics courses at CMU.
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Mathematics Colloquia and Seminars

Check the calendar and Join the CMU Department of Mathematics at CMU for a wide variety of colloquia and seminars.

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2021-2022 was both a challenging and rewarding academic year at CMU. Please explore the latest updates from the Department of Mathematics in our most recent newsletter.

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Our faculty currently conducting active research in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and mathematics education. Contact our faculty members to learn more.

  • Ahmed Assaf: Combinatorics
  • Debraj Chakrabarti: Geometric Analysis, Complex Variables
  • Chin-Yi Jean Chan: Commutative Algebra
  • Lisa DeMeyer: Differential Geometry
  • Thomas Gilsdorf: Functional Analysis, Ethnomathematics
  • Meera Mainkar: Differential Geometry
  • Sivaram Narayan: Operator Theory and Combinatorial Matrix Theory
  • Ben Salisbury: Algebraic Combinatorics and Representation Theory
  • Pete Vermeire: Algebraic Geometry
  • Jordan Watts: Differential Topology and Symplectic Geometry
  • Dmitry Zakharov: Algebraic Geometry, Topical Geometry, Mathematical Physics
  • George Grossman: Applied Mathematics, Number Theory
  • Yeonhyang Kim: Frame Theory, Approximation Theory and Applications
  • Leela Rakesh: Applied Mathematics and Polymer Rheology
  • Xiaoming Zheng: Math Biology and Scientific Computing
  • Ana Dias: Sociopolitical Issues in Mathematics Education, Mathematics Career and Technical Education and in the Workplace, Game-Based Learning
  • Martha Frank: Beliefs and Motivation in Mathematics
  • Douglas Lapp: Technology for Teaching and Learning Mathematics, Teaching and Learning of Abstract and Linear Algebra, Semiotics
  • Tibor Marcinek: Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching, Technology for Teaching and Learning Mathematics
  • Christine Phelps-Gregory: Beliefs and Motivation in Mathematics, Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education
  • Katrina Piatek-Jimenez: Equity in Mathematics Education, Stereotypes of Mathematicians, Teaching and Learning of Proof