Student and instructor discuss calculus solutions in the Newton Computing Lab.

Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta
Provost's Featured Faculty Member

Mathematics and Statistics professor Nairanjana Dasgupta was honored as the Provosts' Featured Faculty Member during the November 7, 2015 football game against Arizona State at Martin Stadium.

“It’s the quality of the unexpected that fascinates me about being a teacher at WSU,” Dasgupta says. “It is also a way to be in touch with a younger, more creative generation, who ask, ‘why’ about things I had taken for granted. I have enjoyed every one of them and treasure knowing them and being able to touch their life in some way.”

Dr. Daryll DeWald, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says Dasgupta is an outstanding representative of the College.

“Dr. Jan Dasgupta is an extraordinary statistics educator and researcher. She is selflessly devoted to leading important WSU statistic initiatives. People describe her as a kind and gracious leader who facilitates teams that strive to work well together.”

As well as being an exemplary educator and researcher, Dr. Dasgupta has been instrumental in the foundation of CISER, the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Education and Research, at WSU.

Dr. Sandy Cooper, associate chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics says, "Dr. Dasgupta is a joy to work with and adds innovation and creativity into everything she does. The department is fortunate to have her as a faculty member."

PreToM becomes a Student Affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

The WSU Pre-service Teachers of Mathematics (PreToM) has become an official Student Affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). PreToM was nominated for this by The Washington State Math Council, and is now eligible for all services available to NCTM Student Affiliates.

Math Cougs attend the 54th Annual Northwest Mathematics Conference

Dr. Kimberly Vincent and WSU math students traveled to Whister B.C.
to attend the 54th Annual Northwest Mathematics Conference.
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David Wollkind has received the
2015 ASWSU Cougar Award

Professor David Wollkind is the recipient of the second annual ASWSU Cougar Award. The award is given on behalf of the Associated Students of Washington State University to recognize one individual from WSU who has made a postitive impact on the WSU-Pullman community. Read more.

Jeanette Martin has received the 2015 Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Senior math instructor Jeanette Martin is the recipient of this year's prestigious Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching. Jeanette uses innovative approaches to help students understand math concepts in classes that range from lower level to higher mathematics. Read more.

WSU Tri-Cities math professor Nikolaos Voulgarakis' students win the "Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Information Sciences" category of SURCA 2015
For the second year in a row, Daniel Herrara and Joseph Traverso, electrical engineering and mechnical engineering respectively, have won the "Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Information" category of SURCA 2015. Their project titled, "Allostery through protein-induced DNA bubbles," introduces a new type of cooperative protein-protein interaction mediated by DNA bubbles that can explain the ability of the mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) to compact mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Their advisor is mathematics assistant professor Dr. Nikolaos Voulgarakis.
Mathematicians build code to take on the toughest cyber attacks

(Photo by Rebecca Phillips, WSU)

Nathan Hamlin, director of the WSU Math Learning Center and retired professor Bill Webb, along with the help of associate professor Bala Krishnamoorthy, have designed an encryption code to fend off the phenomenal hacking power of a quantum computer. Read more.

Using mathematics to anticipate future cholera breakouts

Assistant professor Xueying (Snow) Wang has developed two equation-based models to provide a new and predictive framework for anticipating cholera outbreaks and planning for interventions. Read more.

Students crazy for math

Mathematics major, Laura Hester, has ignited student interest in Math Club at Franklin Elementary School in Pullman, Washington. The pilot program uses CRAZY 8S, and has become so popular, she is recruiting PreToM members to offer it to more grade levels next year. Laura's advisor is clinical associate professor Sergey Lapin.

Taking statistical methods to young students

Generating enthusiasm for statistics in college students comes easy for clinical assistant professor Dean Johnson, but what about generating enthusiasm in young students? Dr. Johnson has proof that even young students can become interested in statistical methods. Read More.

Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate math majors have exciting opportunities. These include conducting research and computer analysis, as well as pursuing special studies with highly regarded faculty members. Students have the opportunity to participate in industry internships and competitive research programs in the United States and abroad. A student may earn a stipend as an undergraduate teaching assistant by tutoring, grading papers, or leading tutorial sessions for introductory level math classes.

Undergraduate Minors

You may earn a minor in mathematics or statistics. Students majoring in agriculture, engineering, biology, business, computer science, chemistry, economic sciences, physics, or other majors, may find that earning a minor in either mathematics or statistics requires only one or two additional courses. To learn more about obtaining a minor in mathematics click here.

Graduate Studies

Graduate students study with mathematics faculty who are on the forefront of research in areas of current global interest such as: mathematical modeling in population genetics, muscle physiology, and biomolecular systems; optimization problems on high performance computing environments; partial differential equations in control theory, swimming phenomenon, materials research, microwave heating and inverse problems; geometric analysis with a parallel focus on applications to data modeling and analysis; statistics related to bioinformatics and large data, multiple comparisons, experimental design, linear models, change-point problems, quality control, engineering reliability and risk analysis; probability including martingale methods, stochastic differential equations, stochastic simulation, and extreme value theory; matrix algebra including both computational and theoretical analyses; mathematics education research associated with teacher preparation, use of technology, and culturally relevant pedagogy; discrete mathematics that includes cryptography, combinatorics, and number theory; and environmental mathematics such as contaminant transport in groundwater, population ecology, and predator-prey problems. Graduate students participate in graduate seminars and undertake collaborative and cross-disciplinary research.

Middle Level Mathematics Endorsement

A partnership was formed in 2010 between the Mathematics Department and the Teaching and Learning Department to provide classes for a Middle Level Mathematics Endorsement in teaching. The endorsement has five classes to add to a secondary or elementary certificate, and is designed for both in-service and pre-service teachers. For more information please visit our Math Education page, or the College of Education page.

Recent Faculty and Graduate Student Authored Books

Linear Algebra and Its Applications - 5th Edition

- by David C. Lay, Steven R. Lay, and Judi J. McDonald

A Friendly Introduction to Differential Equations

- by Mohammed Kaabar

A First Course in Linear Algebra: Study Guide for Undergraduate Linear Algebra Course

- by Mohammed Kaabar

Combinatorial Reasoning: An Introduction to the Art of Counting

- by Duane W. DeTemple and William Webb

Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers, 7th Edition

- by Calvin T. Long, Duane W. DeTemple, and Richard S. Millman

Fundamentals of Matrix Computations, 3rd Edition

- by David S. Watkins

Controllability of Partial Differential Equations Governed by Multiplicative Controls

- by Alex Khapalov

For more information about these books and to read about other recently published books, please >>click here.