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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
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. The website grew out of Dr. Della Dumbaugh's;Exploring American Mathematics course in the Fall of 2018 where each student envisioned, planned, and completed an independent research and associated media project from start to finish. The website brings together the individual projects into a collective whole.

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

Women in Mathematics
Mathematics major Rachel Morris '20 participated in the 21st Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics held January 25-27, 2019. Rachel presented her work begun last summer, done jointly with fellow student Miles Clikeman and faculty member Dr. Heather Russell, on "Ineffective Sets and the Region Crossing Change". The Conference is open to outstanding undergraduate women mathematicians at all stages of their careers and provides women the opportunity to meet other women who share their interest in the mathematical sciences. More information as well as videos of the plenary talks, including talks by Dr. Christine Darden (retired, Senior Executive Service NASA Langley Research Center, data analyst, mechanical engineer, and included in the book Hidden Figures), Dr. Zhilan Feng (mathematical biology and applied mathematics) and Dr. Margaret Holen (data science and machine learning) can be found at

Faculty Highlights

  • 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.

  • Dumbaugh Article

    Dr. Della Dumbaugh recently published an article about Dr. Ruby Horne, who worked with the movie Hidden Figures[“The Hidden Figure of Hidden Figures: Rudy Horne,”Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 66 (February, 2019): 202-210]

  • Ross Article

    Math professor Bill Ross published, "Has one of math’s greatest mysteries, the Riemann hypothesis, finally been solved?" in The Conversation.

  • Dumbaugh Article

    Math professor Della Dumbaugh and her daughter Hannah Fenster published "Calculating Intersections: The Crossroads of Mathematics and Literature in the Lives of Mother and Daughter," in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.

  • Ross Book

    Math professor Bill Ross published Finite Blashke Products and Their Connections.

  • Russell Paper

    Math professor Heather Russell published "Equivalence of edge bicolored graphs on surfaces" in The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.

  • Ross Article

    Mathematics professor  Bill Ross  and Timothy Ferguson, ’06, published “The range and valence of a real Smirnov function,” in the journal Analysis and Mathematical Physics.


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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