College of Letters and Sciences

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.

Contact us

Geethamali Samaranayake
Department Chair & Professor
Phone: 262-472-5162
Location: Laurentide Hall 2219

Bailey Ellefson
Department Assistant
Phone: 262-472-1313
Location: Laurentide Hall 2205

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Mission Statement

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 and Professional Studies.

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.

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Leon M Arriola

Leon M Arriola

Associate Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

arriolal@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2233 |

(262) 472-5163

Hayley  Bertrand

Hayley Bertrand

Assistant Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

bertranh@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2219 |

(262) 472-5175

Corey T Bruns

Corey T Bruns

Senior Lecturer

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

brunsc@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2215 |

(262) 472-2856

Maddillon F Brus

Maddillon F Brus

Lecturer 1

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

brusm@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2241 |

Nate J Burchell

Nate J Burchell

Lecturer 1

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

burcheln@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2244 |

(262) 472-1539

Rachel M Chaphalkar

Rachel M Chaphalkar

Associate Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

chaphalr@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2231 |

(262) 472-2764

Xueqing  Chen

Xueqing Chen

Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

chenx@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2229 |

(262) 472-5171

Heather L Conte

Heather L Conte

Lecturer 2

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

conteh@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2226 |

(262) 472-5737

Dulanjalee Dk DEVAGE DONA

Dulanjalee Dk DEVAGE DONA

Assistant Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

devagedd@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2210 |

(262) 472-5169

Bailey  Ellefson

Bailey Ellefson

Department Assistant

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

ellefsob@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall |

(262) 472-1313

Fe S Evangelista

Fe S Evangelista

Assoc Dean, Associate Professor

Department(s): College Of Letters & Sciences, MATHEMATICS

evangelf@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 4101 |

(262) 472-5684

Pawel  Felcyn

Pawel Felcyn

Lecturer 1

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

felcynp@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2209 |

(262) 472-1104

Morgan  Gauvin

Morgan Gauvin

Lecturer 1

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

gauvinm@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2205 |

(262) 472-7396

Mike D Guyer

Mike D Guyer

Assistant Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

guyerm@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2212 |

(262) 472-1504

Angela Kopf Harlan

Angela Kopf Harlan

Associate Professor, Assistant Dean

Department(s): MATHEMATICS, Graduate Studies

harrisak@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2207 |

(262) 472-5181

Wesley K Hough

Wesley K Hough

Associate Professor, Add'l Pay Non-Instructional

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

houghw@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2217 |

(262) 472-5176

Peter H Lampe

Peter H Lampe

Lecturer 2

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

lampep@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2213 |

(262) 472-5168

Ki-Bong  Nam

Ki-Bong Nam

Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

namk@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2211 |

(262) 472-5164

Balamurugan  Pandiyan

Balamurugan Pandiyan

Lecturer 2

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

pandiyab@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2240 |

(262) 472-1737

Huckleberry  Rahr

Huckleberry Rahr

Lecturer 2

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

rahrh@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2242 |

(262) 472-5159

John T Reilly

John T Reilly

Senior Lecturer

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

reillyj@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2243 |

(262) 472-7174

Geethamali G Samaranayake

Geethamali G Samaranayake

Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

samarang@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2207 |

(262) 472-5162

Dylan  Spence

Dylan Spence

Assistant Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

spenced@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2235 |

(262) 472-1716

Tamas  Szabo

Tamas Szabo

Associate Professor

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

szabot@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2223 |

(262) 472-5165

Charlotte R Toboyek

Charlotte R Toboyek

Lecturer 2

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

toboyekc@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2218 |

(262) 472-5694

Tom  Yerger

Tom Yerger

Lecturer 1

Department(s): MATHEMATICS

yergera@uww.edu

Laurentide Hall 2214 |

(262) 472-1399

There are numerous scholarship opportunities available to students, both through the university, the College of Letters and Sciences and the Mathematics Department. To make life a little easier, all of the university's scholarship applications and requirement listings are available online.

Click here to apply to any of the scholarships below.

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

 ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

The Goldwater Scholarship

UW System Regent Scholarship

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).

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

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.

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

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.