Department of Mathematics and Statistics

News and Events

2020 Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics Graduate Had Multiple Passions But Chose Math

Alexandria Augi, who graduated in December 2020 with a BS in Mathematics, chose math as her major because it was "the one that I thought would propel me through life." Now, she is pursuing a Master's in Business Analytics at UNCW and volunteers as treasurer of the local non-profit, Haiti Awake. Check out her story!

2019 Master's in Mathematics Graduate Goes to Work for NASA

As a child, Jasmine Gaston loved math, logic puzzles, and brainteasers. In December 2019, she was our 1st place winner in the Fall 2019 CSURF Poster Competition and received her Master's of Science in Mathematics from our department. Now she works on engine systems for NASA in their commercial crew program! Check out her story!

Data Science Program Faculty Track COVID-19 Data

Data Science Program Director Dr. Mark Lammers and Assistant Professor Dr. Rachel Carroll have been tracking and mapping COVID-19 data. Check out their work on the Data Science home page and Dr. Rachel Carroll's page!

Christopher Harriss Receives MOAA Scholarship

Chris Harriss with Math Department Faculty Member Linda Gurganus

Math major Christopher Harriss (center) was recently awarded a scholarship by the Military Officers Association of America. Chris served in the US Army for 21 years before coming to UNCW. Congratulations, Chris!





Fall 2019 CSURF Research Poster Competition Winners

Each semester, the Center for Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, known as CSURF, hosts a research poster competition. We are so proud of our most recent winners!

1st Place - Jasmine Gaston

Jasmine Gaston 1st Place CSURF Poster Contest

Simultaneous Estimation of Age, Gender, and Race using Canonical Correlation Analysis and Feature Methods

2nd Place - Hunter Wilkinson

Hunter Wilkinson 2nd Place CSURF Poster Contest

Same Game, Different Court: An Analysis on NCAA Athletes Transition Into the NBA

3rd Place - Chris Harriss and Ashley Langley

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Chaos in Weather Through the Lorenz Model


Recent Departmental Events

Retirement Reception for Mrs. Linda Smith Gurganus

Please join us for a retirement celebration in honor of Mrs. Linda Smith Gurganus and her time as a faculty member in the math department.
Date:  Friday, May 6, 2022
Time:  4:00 - 5:30pm
Location:  Fisher Student Center, Clocktower Lounge
Please RSVP to 910-962-3217 or by May 4.


Information Session on Graduate Programs and Research at UNC Greensboro

Professor Shivaji will give an information session to students and faculty on graduate programs in Mathematics and Statistics at UNCG, especially the Ph.D. program in Computational Mathematics.  He will also briefly introduce his research, grants, and interest to work with students.
Date:  Friday, November 8, 2019
Time:  12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:  Osprey Hall, room 2006
All students and faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend this session.
Light refreshments will be served.


Retirement Reception for Dr. Kenneth Gurganus

Please join us for a retirement celebration in honor of Dr. Kenneth Gurganus and his 44 years of service to UNCW.
Date:  Friday, November 15, 2019
Time:  3:00 - 4:30pm
Location:  Fisher Student Center, Clocktower Lounge
Please RSVP to 910-962-3217 or by November 13th.


Math and Stats Department Fall Cookout

Please join us for food, games, and fun at the Annual Math and Stats Department Picnic.
Date:  Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time:  12:00 - 4:00pm
Location:  Hugh MacRae Park, Shelter #3
Students, faculty, staff and families are all welcome to join us!
Please contact with questions.


Fall 2019 Mathematics Seminar Series

Previous Seminars

Title: What are operads? And what are they good for?
Speaker: Dr. Lilit Martirosyan
 Abstract: When you browse through the research of your favorite mathematician, or anyone whose research involves an operation of some type, you may encounter the word “operad". But what are operads, what are they for, and why are they important? Basically, operads―which come in an extensive variety of types―keep track of various "flavors" of operations. The initial study of operads originated from a quest to understand k-fold loop spaces in homotopy theory. First, I’d like to present simply the definition of an operad. Next, we will talk about flavors of operations, and we will look at some examples and applications, which range from information theory to biology, and also include physics, topology, and geometry. 
Date:  Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time:  3:30 - 4:30pm
Location:  Osprey Hall 2006


Title: Introduction to Minimal Surfaces
Speaker: Dr. Gabriel Lugo
 Abstract: We explore the classical methods of using conformal maps and differential geometry to generate minimal surfaces. Aimed at students who have already taken at least vector calculus and complex variables.
Date:  Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time:  3:30 - 4:30pm
Location:  Osprey Hall 2006