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Mathematics

Are you looking for the degree that will give you highly marketable skills that are sought after by graduate schools and businesses? A degree that is an excellent foundation and a requirement for all areas of science and engineering? A degree in mathematics may be right for you! Problems from the ordinary to the sophisicated and technical can be solved with mathematics. Mathematics is the language that expresses scientific and quantitative relationships and, at the same time, is a discipline with a structure and beauty of its own.

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Mission Statement
Department of Mathematics

Throughout history the mathematical sciences have been admired for their intrinsic beauty and interdisciplinary applications that contribute to economic advancement, scientific understanding, and world cultures. Our mission is to create a climate that nurtures curiosity, inspires creativity, promotes collaboration, and drives the learning and expansion of mathematical and statistical knowledge within our university, our profession, and our community.

In support of this mission we are committed to:

  • Fostering the personal and professional growth of our students by offering challenging and relevant mathematics and statistics courses through the general education program, specialized and career oriented majors and minors, and collaborative programs with other departments and colleges.
  • Developing innovative pedagogy to promote mathematical and statistical reasoning, thinking and literacy.
  • Building a collaborative professional community of faculty, instructional academic staff, and students by supporting scholarship in the mathematical sciences.
  • Providing mathematical and statistical assistance to the surrounding community.
  • Recruiting and retaining high quality faculty and instructional academic staff.
  • Connecting academic knowledge with experiences such as international study, undergraduate research, and internships.
  • Maintaining a high level of personal and professional integrity and instilling these ideals in our students.
  • Enriching the lives of students, faculty, and the university by sharing the beauty, insights, history, and culture of the mathematical sciences.

The Mathematics Department offers a liberal arts major, leading to a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts in mathematics from the College of Letters and Sciences; or a teaching major, leading to a bachelor of science in education from the College of Education.

Each emphasis of the major requires 38-40 units in mathematics consisting of 6 core courses and additional specialized courses in the student's area of concentration. Both BA and BS degree choices provide students with a strong background for advanced study at the graduate level. In addition, the department offers several minors/emphases for students who would like a stronger background in mathematics to complement their chosen major.

For Students

Student Math Association (SMA)

SMA is a club for anyone interested in things both fun and math-y! We hold several meetings each semester (many with snacks); and past activities included board games, game shows, mathematical crafts, interesting problems, presentations about graduate school, undergraduate research, and internships.

Contact Dr. Chaphalkar (LT 2215) or Dr. Hough (LT 2218) to get added to our e-mail list.

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon is the National Mathematics Honorary Society that serves to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among the students in academic institutions.  For more information, contact Dr. Lampe (LT 2213).

Mathematics Modeling Club

The Mathematics Modeling Club is a great way to gain undergraduate research experience through posters or presentations on a national level. For more information, contact Dr. Ghosh (LT 2226) or Dr. Pandiyan (LT 2240).

Bridge Club

The Bridge Club is a great place to learn or expand upon your Bridge-playing skills and meet others who enjoy a good game of cards. For more information, contact Dr. Lampe (LT 2213).

Dr. Leon Arriola

My current interests are merging quantum mechanics with epidemiological models, and sensitivity analysis finite state automata with applications to gene regulatory networks.

Recent publications include:

  • A Cost-Effective Analysis of Treatment Strategies for the Control of HSV-2 Infection in the U.S.: A Mathematical Modeling - Based Case Study
  • Coarse, Medium or Fine? A Quantum Mechanics Approach to Single Species Population Dynamics
  • Data Scarcity and Ecological Complexity: The Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Dynamics in Ecuador

 

Dr. Xueqing Chen

Representation Theory of Quivers and Related Topics

Quivers are very simple mathematical objects: finite directed graphs. A representation of a quiver assigns a vector space to each vertex, and a linear map to each arrow. Quiver representations were originally introduced to treat problems of linear algebra. But it soon turned out that quivers and their representations play an important role in representation theory of finite-dimensional algebras; they also occur in less expected domains of mathematics including Kac-Moody Lie algebras, quantum groups, Coxeter groups, cluster algebras and geometric invariant theory.

Research topics for undergraduate students are: 1) to find connection between representation theory of quivers and Lie algebras; 2) to link representation theory of quivers with cluster algebras.

 

Dr. Pawel Felcyn

My interest is, in general, around areas of symplectic, algebraic, and differential geometry and differential topology. Currently I am working on periodic orbits of Hamiltonian systems and part of the work is being done on the testing stage. So I would like to cooperate with a student on this testing level in one of the two possible areas:

  • Using software like sagemath to generate interesting examples in the area. This would require some self-study of basic geometrical and topological notions so that using sagemath will be understood from a mathematical point of
  • Finding an interesting example of Maslov index in various

 

Dr. Aditi Ghosh

I work in the area of Mathematical modeling and its application in Biology. My research work includes modeling of infectious disease, liver injury and any practical problem that interests me. My recent work includes modeling of COVID in long-term care facilities. I have worked with undergrad students and all of them got SURF fellowship in Summer under my guidance. Last year, my student Ms. Christine Brasic did a summer REU workshop in MTBI very successfully.

I have submitted papers with my undergrad students in a reputed journal in Applied Mathematics. Interested students in Applied Research can contact me at ghosha@uww.edu.

Student employment opportunities are available within the department and include: learning assistant, researcher, grader, and office support. If interested, visit the Math Department office at LT2205 for current openings.

Click here to apply to any of the scholarships below

Mathematics

Carroll and Kay Flanagan Scholarship

This scholarship was created to recognize students majoring in mathematics with exemplary accomplishments in the beginning courses of the mathematics major. Students must have sophomore or junior standing, a GPA in the major of at least 2.67, have completed Calculus I and II, and at least one other mathematics course at UW-W beyond Calculus II. 

 Requirement Details:  Students must have a GPA in major of at least 2.67, have completed two semesters of the calculus sequence and at least one other mathematics course at UW-Whitewater beyond second semester calculus, and  have sophomore/junior standing completing a total of 24 - 89 credits when they enter next Fall.

 

Clayton Droullard Mathematics Scholarship

Candidate must be a registered UW-Whitewater student of junior or senior standing for the award period, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have declared a major or minor in mathematics. This scholarship was created to recognize mathematics students who demonstrate leadership in the community or campus while maintaining academic success.

 Requirement Details:  Candidate must be a (registered) UW-Whitewater student of junior or senior standing for the award period, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have declared a major or minor in mathematics.  They must have demonstrated leadership qualities in either campus or community organizations.

 

 Marion B Schlicher Scholarship

Candidate must have junior or senior status with a 2.75 overall GPA. Preference will be given to those students who have completed six hours of upper division courses higher than Math 255, excluding Math 355.

 Requirement Details:  For students who have junior or senior status with a 2.75 overall GPA.  Preference will be given to those students who have completed six hours of upper division courses numbered higher then Math 255, but excluding Math 355.

  

Mark & Dianne Fiebrink Scholarship

The candidate must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the time of application, and have declared major in mathematics within the College of Letters and Sciences.

 Requirement Details:  The candidate may be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the time of application, but must have a declared major in mathematics, within the College of Letters and Sciences.  The candidate must maintain an overall academic GPA of at least 3.0.  The candidate must submit a completed application, including a letter of recommendation (added as an attachment) from a UW-Whitewater mathematics faculty member.

 

William C Beck Scholarship

The award shall be made to students majoring in mathematics and/or physics. First priority will be given to students majoring in mathematics and minoring in physics. Second priority will be to students majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics. Third priority will be to all mathematics majors. The candidate must have maintained a GPA of at least 2.75 or better in mathematics and physics, with no grade below a C in mathematics or physics.

 Requirement Details:  The candidate must have maintained an overall academic average of 2.75 or better in mathematics and physics, with no grade below a C in mathematics or physics. The candidate may be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior and be a student in the College of L&S or Education at UW-W, and submit a completed application by the deadline established by the Mathematics Scholarship Committee.

 

Scholarships For Incoming Freshman

Student must declare a mathematics major to be eligible for these scholarships:

  • Carroll and Kay Flanagan Freshman Scholarship
  • Stephen Lewandowski Mathematics Scholarship

 

Mathematics

Mathematics majors have a wide variety of courses to choose from to design a program of study that meets their particular career paths. Careers may be found in the following areas:

  • Management, operations research, quality control, research and development, computer-related activities in business, industry, banking, and government
  • Entry-level positions in statistics or actuarial departments of insurance companies; business or governmental agencies, space science research, and applications
  • Mathematics teaching in secondary education, technical and vocational schools, colleges and universities
  • Graduate study in mathematics or mathematics education

Placement into the first mathematics course at UW-Whitewater is made based on the score on the UW Math Placement Test. A student can waive out of a course and can then take the next higher mathematics course according to the following

If Waived From: Can Take:
Math 041: Beginning Algebra Math 140 Mathematical Ideas or
Math 141 Fundamentals of College Algebra
Math 140 or Math 141 Math 143 Finite Mathematics or
Math 148 Mathematics for Elementary Teacher I or
Math 152 Elementary Functions
*Students can work with their advisor to determine the appropriate course.
Math 152 Math 243 Short Calculus for Business and Social Sciences or
Math 250 Applied Calculus Survey or
Math 253 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
*Students can work with their advisor to determine the appropriate course.

Descriptions of each of the courses can be found in:

http://uww-public.courseleaf.com/graduate/course-inventory/math/

Incoming freshmen should take the placement test at least two weeks before attending Plan-it-Purple (PIP).  Students with no test scores will not be able to register for a mathematics course during PIP.   The test can be taken at any of the regional testing sites across the state (usually at UW-campuses) and some sites in Illinois and Minnesota.  Exact locations and dates are available at the University of Wisconsin System Testing website http://testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/regionaltesting.html.   It is also possible to take computer-based test for an additional fee.

Registration
You may register for the test through the UW System Regional Testing Program http://testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/regionaltesting.html. The site also contains:

  • Testing sites and dates
  • Information about computer-based testing
  • Directions and maps to testing sites
  • Information about special accommodations due to a disability
  • Frequently Asked Questions

There is no cost to take the test during regional testing.

Content of the test
Information about the content of the placement test as well as a link to a practice test can be found at:  http://testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/mathtest.html.

AP credits or College credits

  • Students who have credit for any calculus class through dual-enrollment, Course Options, or Youth Options programs do not need to take the placement test. Submit your official college transcript before attending PIP so credit can be given. 
  • Student who took the AP Calculus AB or BC test in their junior year and scored at least a 3 also do not need to take the test. Submit your AP scores to UW-Whitewater before attending PIP. 
  • Because AP scores are not available until July, it is highly recommended that students who are taking the AP Calculus test in their senior year take the UW Math Placement test so that they can sign up for a mathematics course during PIP.

When will I know my placement?
You will be informed of your placement during PIP.

Can I take the test again to improve my score?
You will have ONE opportunity to retake the test and improve your score.  The test has to be taken at UW-Whitewater on July 15 or August 18.  There is a $25 fee to take the test.  Sign up to retake the test by calling the UW-Whitewater Testing Office at (262) 472-5613.

What if I did not take the test before coming to PIP? You will not be able to register for a mathematics course during PIP.  You have two options:

  • You may take the test at UW-Whitewater on July 15 or August 18.  This is called residual testing and there is a $25 fee to take the test.  Sign up for the test by calling the UW-Whitewater Testing Office at (262) 472-5613.
  • If regional testing dates are still available, you may take the test at one of the regional testing sites. You may also take the test through a site that administers a computer-based test for an additional fee. Go to http://testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/regionaltesting.html for more information and to register for the test. Important! Notify UW-Whitewater Testing Office at (262) 472-5613 that you took the test at another site.

For more information:
UW-Whitewater Testing Office (262) 472-5613
Dr. Angela Harlan, Interim Chair-Department of Mathematics, (262) 472-5181, harrisak@uww.edu

A set of resources for students who would like to review algebraic skills.  This is especially helpful for students who have been placed into Math 041 and would like to retake the math placement test.  The resources  can also benefit students who were placed into Math 141 or anyone who would like to refresh their math skills.  

Math Resources Online - Password: UWWMath

You will have ONE opportunity to retake the test and improve your score.  It is preferred the test be taken at UW-Whitewater on July 18 or August 18.   NOTE:  there is a $25 fee to retake the test.  Sign up to retake the test by calling the UW-Whitewater Testing Office at (262) 472-5613.  


See the Math Faculty and Staff Directory»

Teri J Alder

Teri J Alder

Laurentide Hall 2212

aldert@uww.edu

Leon M Arriola

Leon M Arriola

Laurentide Hall 2233

arriolal@uww.edu

Corey T Bruns

Corey T Bruns 

Laurentide Hall 2241

brunsc@uww.edu

Rachel Chaphalkar

Rachel Chaphalkar

Laurentide Hall 2215

chaphalr@uww.edu

Xueqing Chen

Xueqing Chen 

Laurentide Hall 2229

chenx@uww.edu

Heather Conte

Heather Conte

Laurentide Hall 2248

conteh@uww.edu

Thomas Drucker

Thomas Drucker 

Laurentide Hall 2231

druckert@uww.edu

Pawel Felcyn

Pawel Felcyn

Laurentide Hall 2209

felcynp@uww.edu

Aditi Ghosh

Aditi Ghosh

Laurentide Hall 2226

ghosha@uww.edu

Lori L Grady

Lori L Grady 

Laurentide Hall 2246

gradyl@uww.edu

Angela Harlan

Angela Harlan

Laurentide Hall 2207

harrisak@uww.edu

Wesley Hough

Wesley Hough

Laurentide Hall 2218

houghw@uww.edu

Durga Kutal

Durga Kutal 

Laurentide Hall 2214

kutald@uww.edu

Peter Lampe

Peter Lampe 

Laurentide Hall 2213

lampep@uww.edu

Ki-Bong Nam

Ki-Bong Nam

Laurentide Hall 2211

namk@uww.edu

Jacqui Palcic

Jacqui Palcic

Laurentide Hall 2205

palcicj@uww.edu

Balamurugan Pandiyan

Balamurugan Pandiyan

Laurentide Hall 2240

pandiyab@uww.edu

Khyam Paneru

Khyam Paneru

Laurentide Hall 2217

paneruk@uww.edu

Huckleberry Rahr

Huckleberry Rahr 

Laurentide Hall 2242

rahrh@uww.edu

John Reilly

John Reilly

Laurentide Hall 2243

reillyj@uww.eu

Geethamali Samaranayake

Geethamali Samaranayake

Laurentide Hall 2219

samarang@uww.edu

Sobitha Samaranayake

Sobitha Samaranayake

Laurentide Hall 2225

samarans@uww.edu

Robert Siemann

Robert Siemann

Laurentide Hall 2219

siemannb@uww.edu

Joan Stamm

Joan Stamm

Laurentide Hall 2210

stammj@uww.edu

Tamas Szabo

Tamas Szabo

Laurentide Hall 2223

szabot@uww.edu

Tamas Szabo

Charlotte Toboyek

Laurentide Hall 2250

tobeoyekc@uww.edu

Brenda Volk

Brenda Volk

Student Athletic Complex 107

volkb@uww.edu

Angela Harlan Jacqui Palcic
Department Chair, Associate Professor Academic Department Associate
Phone: 262-472-5181 Phone: 262-472-1313
Location: Laurentide Hall 2207 Location: Laurentide Hall 2205