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Our Books

You might have encountered in the bookstore or on library shelves one of over 40 books that were written or edited by members of our department. Ralph K. Amayo (ed.): Algebra. Carbondale 1980: Lie Algebras, Group Theory and Partially Ordered Algebraic Structures. Paperback: 308 pages, Springer (May 1981), ...read full profile >>

Midwest Conference on Combinatorics Cryptography, and Computing

Carbondale is the birthplace of the MCCCC = Midwest Conference on Combinatorics Cryptography, and Computing. It was started in 1986 by the efforts of Walter Wallis, and, after a few meetings at SIUC, now moves around the Midwest at various institutions. Currently, Walter is developing a webpage devoted to his book on Designs.

Math Field Day

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P: 618-453-5302
F: 618-453-5300
E-mail: mathfd@siu.edu

Math Field Day has been going on for over 60 years. And if you are a Little Egyptian, that is a member of the Southern Illinois community, you might have heard about or experienced our efforts to keep mathematics important in local education. Here are two activities that we've undertaken to fight ...read full profile >>

Research Highlights

Here is a selection of some of the Research Highlights of the Mathematics Department (in approximate chronological order): MingQing Xiao and Dashun Xu and John Reeve (SIUC, Zoology) have been awarded a 3-year research grant from the NSF for an interdisciplinary project in mathematical biology: ...read full profile >>

Research Interests

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Main (broadly understood) research groups: algebra and number theory (Dubravka Ban, Andrew Earnest, Robert Fitzgerald, Joseph Hundley, Don Redmond, Mary Wright, Joseph Yucas) combinatorics and graph theory (Lane Clark, John McSorley, Thomas Porter) geometry and topology (Jerzy Kocik, Mike Sullivan) logic and ...read full profile >>

Little Egypt Math Week

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Little Egypt Math Week began in 2012 to spread awareness of the importance of math with students and the community. The events include Math Field Day, Saluki Scavenger Hunt, Math Video Challenge, and the annual Langenhop Lecture. Math Field Day | Each Spring, the Mathematics Department sponsors a mathematics ...read full profile >>

Our Outreach

For the last 5 years the Math Dept at SIUC has been involved in the Algebra Project -- a revolution in the way mathematics is taught in underprivileged communities. We are currently spending almost a million dollars-- quite a large chunk! -- of a 4 million grant on the Eldorado High School experimental Math ...read full profile >>

Papers Published

2009 Bashkirtseva, I., L. Ryashko and H. Schurz. 2009. Analysis of noise-induced transitions for Hopf system with additive and multiplicative random disturbances. Chaos Solitons Fractals 39(1):72-82.  Bhattacharya, B. 2009. Relative entropy measures of asymmetry with applications. Sankhya Ser. B ...read full profile >>

Alan Schoen


Alan Schoen discovered a minimal surface that he named the gyroid. The gyroid is becoming increasingly popular as more and more new occurrences of it in nature are being discovered (google it up!). It has been discussed at Cornell University and John Baez's site at Univ. of California-Riverside and on ...read full profile >>

Some Trivia

Some retro bits and pieces: 1. Ernie Shult, famous for his contributions to the theory of finite groups, studied and worked for a while at SIUC (see p.4).. Centers where our faculty have collaborative ties: Philip Feinsilver at Nancy, France. One of our colleagues, Lane Clark, has Erdös Number 1. Most ...read full profile >>