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Congratulations to Dr. Wesley Calvert for receiving the Lindell W. Sturgis Memorial Public Service Award for 2020.

This award is given annually to an employee of SIU Carbondale for contributions to the community, area, state, or nation, and shall be based on non-job related activities.

Online Tutoring

Amid the COVID-19 shutdown the Mathematics department will be offering online tutoring via ZOOM.  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.

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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.