COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students


New Staff Members
Emily Lewis - graduate coordinator

Welcome Emily Lewis, the department's new graduate coordinator. After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in biology, Emily moved to Chicago to work for the Chicago Botanic Garden and to get her master's in plant biology from Northwestern University. She left the flat midwest corn fields to come to the rolling hills of wheat in the Palouse in September of 2016, and has been exploring an entirely new region of the country ever since. In her free time she loves to hike, look for plants, run, play piano and guitar, and travel. Emily says, "I love working with graduate students and I am looking forward to helping each of them get through the craziness of graduate school!"
Molly Clayton - undergraduate academic advisor

The department's new undergraduate academic advisor is Molly Clayton, a recent graduate of Washington State University who majored in mathematics! During her undergraduate years she served as an orientation counselor and a peer-mentor for the Office of Multicultural Student Services. Molly says, "After graduating in May 2017 I have found my dream job working as the academic advisor for the WSU Mathematics and Statistics Department. I love working with students, finding ways to strengthen Pullman’s community, and helping students smoothly transition to campus while advocating for their success. In my spare time, I love to play volleyball, participate in mini Netflix binges, and hike around the Palouse. I look forward to working with students and faculty in the department!
Mark Lesperance receives WSU Access Center Award

At its Recognition Banquet on April 26th, 2017, the WSU Access Center awarded Mark Lesperance a certificate "In appreciation of your dedication to equal access and opportunity". He was recognized for his work with Statistics 212, and the efforts he has made to ensure that all students have the opportunity and access to succeed in the course.

Mark is an instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has been teaching for 27 years and enjoys teaching introductory mathematics and statistics courses, and courses related to actuarial mathematics. He is also the advisor of the Actuarial Science Club at WSU and serves as a faculty mentor for the mathematics majors in the actuarial science option. Mark strives to inspire his students to achieve academic success.


Sergey Lapin - Honors Thesis Advisor Award
Sergey Lapin has received a Thesis Advisor Award from the WSU Honors College for his outstanding work with Honors College students.