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Online Tutoring

Amid the COVID-19 shutdown the Mathematics department will be offering online tutoring via ZOOM from March 25 - May 1.  You can find the schedule of tutoring times and ZOOM IDs for our Graduate Assistant tutors here.

 Mathematics 2019 SIU Foundation Awardees

Congratulations to faculty members Tumpa Bhattacharyya, Wesley Calvert and Thara Lowndes who were awarded the 2019 SIU Foundation grant for their project titled "Business Math in a Data Driven World". Working jointly with two business school faculty members, they propose to re-design MATH 139 and create a state-of-the-art course that integrates expert delivery of foundational curriculum, creative use of technology and methods that is coherent with the curriculum, hands-on project-based work, and presentations of analyses that foster communication and leadership skills. It is envisioned that the methodologies developed in this proposal can be extended to similar interdisciplinary courses, such as MATH 140 and to attract students from other departments across campus which will positively impact SIUC enrollment.

Department of Mathematics has also been awarded another 2019 SIU Foundation grant for creation of Math-Stat Labs. Congratulations to (lab and faculty members' names):

  • SANE (Symbolic & Numerical Experimentation) Lab (Jianhong Xu)
  • Saluki Analytics Lab (Wesley Calvert)
  • Geometers’ Den (Jerzy Kocik)
  • Design-based activities lab (Lingao Bu)
  • Virtual Reality lab (Mike Sullivan)

for their contributions in creation of the labs. The Labs would introduce SIUC students to mathematically explore, think out-of-the-box, beyond the typical classroom instructions of given syllabi. They will further discover applications of material learnt, unify different concepts and participate in hands-on activities with or without computers.

More details can be found at


New Math Class supplying crucial data to Ameren

SIU Math's Wesley Calvert is teaching a new course this semester, in which math majors apply their skills to a real industrial problem in predictive analytics. Ameren Illinois provided the problem, and students will deliver their solution to Ameren engineers at the end of the semester. This project, supported by the MAA's PIC Math program, is designed to improve the preparation of students for the wide range of business and industry careers math offers. Hear WSIU radio's on-air coverage, including interviews with Calvert and SIU Math major Madison Wilderman.

Congratulations to Math Grads

Passing Qualifiers
Rukayya Ibrahim, Kosman Rajapaksha, and Porter Summers

Dissertation Research Assistant Award
Lakshika Gunawardana

Obtaining a Graduate Fellowship for 2019-2020
Hadi Safari

Winning Olmsted Teaching Awards
Taniya Chandrasena and Kalpa Madhawa

Presenting a Poster at a SIU Research Symposium
Priyan De Alwis, Lakshika Gunawardana, Wiranthe Herath, Qilun Luo, and Hadi Safari

Starting an Assistant Professorship
Naama Lewis (in Indiana in the Fall)

Starting a Post Doc
Chathurangi Pathiravasan (in Massachusetts in the Fall)

Passing their M.Sc.
Gihanee Senadheera and Mashael Alshammari

Attending Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Berkeley, CA.
Porter Summers and Menake Wijerathne who will attend a two week Summer School

Entering the Ph.D. program in Fall 2019
Wiranthe Herath, Gihanee Senadheera, Shanika Chandrasena, Taniya Chandrasena, and Lingling Zhang.

Mathematics provides the foundation for all of science.

From the precise calculations necessary to verify scientific theories to the elegant mathematical structures which model everything from DNA to subatomic particles, mathematics is essential to science.

As a student majoring in mathematics at SIU, you will be in close contact with outstanding mathematics professors who are both international leaders in their research areas and outstanding teachers committed to your learning. Career opportunities for our graduates such as analyzing risk for insurance companies (actuarial science) to teaching the next generation of mathematicians have never been better. We offer Bachelor’s degrees in Science, Liberal Arts, and Education and Human Services. For those students interested in graduate degrees, we offer both Master’s and Ph.D. degrees.