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The University of Richmond's mathematics program provides students the opportunity to study the science of number, quantity and space, including applications to other fields.

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Department News

Beginning fall 2020: Mathematics majors may choose to add a concentration in Data Science and Statistics. Data Science is an emerging interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge from data. The Data Science and Statistics (DSS) Concentration for Mathematics majors at University of Richmond is designed to supplement the major, grounding the student with a solid theoretical foundation in statistics while building the strong analytic skills that are needed to work with large and/or complex data sets. The DSS concentration prepares students for graduate study in the statistical sciences and supports students who aim for careers in any emerging area of data science.

Mathematics major Madeline Polhill, W’21 presented a talk on her research on “Bryn Mawr College, 1885-1940: Mathematics on its mind'' in a session on “Creating Spaces for Mathematics” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.

Computer Science major Aalok Sathe '21 will present his joint research with Dr. Taylor Arnold at The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science on November 10. Their research project is titled Cultural analytics Using Audio-space Analysis of Moving-image Culture: A Demonstration Using the Sitcom Friends.

We are pleased to announce the launch of, the first website of its kind to explore the people who create, the institutions that support, and the cultures that influence mathematics.



Faculty Highlights

  • Wares and Torres Awarded

    Joanna Wares, associate professor of mathematics, and Marcella Torres, director of mathematical studies, received a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South for a project focused on creating mathematics and data science resources to support socially relevant teaching in the time of COVID-19. 

  • Ware and Torres Awarded

    Joanna Ware, associate professor of mathematics, Marcella Torres, director of mathematical studies, and team received an ACS grant for their workshop, “Mathematics and Data Science Resources to Support Socially Relevant Teaching in the Time of COVID-19”.

  • Kvam Awarded

    Paul Kvam, a professor of statistics, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award for travel to Hong Kong to further his research in nonparametric statistics. Kvam plans to visit City University of Hong Kong from Jan. to early May 2021.

  • Dumbaugh invited to give plenary talk

    Della Dumbaugh, Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Program Coordinator, was invited to give a plenary talk at the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America in Denver, CO. View the video here.

  • Wares Published

    Joanna R. Wares published an article in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Feb. 2020, Vo. 67, Number 2, with her colleague, Jana L. Gervertz, titled Fostering Diversity in Top-Rated Pure Mathematics Graduate Programs.

  • Tilton and Arnold Awarded

    Lauren Tilton and Taylor Arnold in partnership with Harvard Libraries received a $50,000 grant from “Collections As Data," which is funded by the Mellon Foundation. The project uses distant viewing and computer vision to analyze social protest photography.  

  • Arnold Published

    Dr. Taylor Arnold co-authored with Dr. Lauren Tilton (Rhetoric and Communication Studies) and Dr. Annie Berke (Section Editor, LA Review of Books) an article titled “Visual Style in Two Network Era Sitcoms” in the Journal of Cultural Analytics. The article is open access.

  • Hidden Figures Della Dumbaugh, professor of mathematics, can speak about Hidden Figures, which focuses on the African-American women who contributed to the space program.
  • Dumbaugh Awarded

    Dr. Della Dumbaugh has received the John M. Smith Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America’s Maryland, D.C., Virginia section.

  • Davis Awarded NSF Grant

    Dr. James Davis has been awarded $25,000 from the National Science Foundation in support of "Finite Fields and their Applications at Simon Fraser University,” a biannual conference being held in Vancouver, Canada that explores finite fields, an area of discrete mathematics.

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Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from math and computer science faculty are being read around the globe.

Feature Stories

A hometown giftMike Kitimet, '19, used a Projects for Peace grant to open a library in his hometown. Read his story.
Math faculty and students attend WINRS at UVAMath professors Heather Russell and Della Dumbaugh chaired sessions at the Women’s Intellectual Network Research Symposium (WINRS) at UVA, where they were joined by UR students Barbara Fujita, Basel Arafat, Jonathan Rodriquez, Madeline Polhill, Ying Wu and Cathy Shi. Of special note, Basel presented his research the poster session and Ying and Cathy each gave a talk on their work on Solomon Lefschetz.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Department of Math & Computer Science
212 Jepson Hall
221 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8077
Fax: (804) 287-6444

Department Chair: Kathy Hoke
Mathematics Program Coordinator: Della Dumbaugh
Administrative coordinator: Kathy Rothert