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Erica R. Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, presented “Training Graduate Students in Inclusive and Equitable Teaching."

May 26, 2021

Virginia Commonwealth University participates in the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase: COVID, Equity & Social Justice

Erica R. Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, was featured in the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcasefunded by the National Science Foundation. The event was held online May 11-18.

Richmond Geometry Festival - Organizers: Marco Aldi, Allison Moore, Nicola Tarasca

May 12, 2021

The Richmond Geometry Festival will focus on emergent research topics while bringing together specialists in two areas: low-dimensional topology and algebraic geometry.

In summer 2021, we will highlight developments in moduli theory together with new perspectives in Floer homology and Khovanov homology.

Organizers: Marco Aldi, Allison Moore and Nicola Tarasca


Lecture at VCU to focus on late-19th-century Indian math savant Ramanujan, ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

March 18, 2021

The lecture, “Why Does Ramanujan, ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity,’ Matter?,” will be held at 6 p.m. on April 8 via Zoom.  

Meeting ID: 970 6779 1678
Password: VCUMATH121

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Reuben Farley Award for Teaching Innovation and Excellence

February 25, 2021

Reuben W. Farley, Ph.D., an emeritus professor in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at VCU, was on a very special Zoom call. More than 25 faculty members, along with alum Janis Terpenny, Ph.D., gathered online to reveal a new honor given in the retired professor’s name, the Reuben Farley Award for Teaching Innovation and Excellence. In response to receiving this honor, Farley said, “Nothing can top this award from a dear student whose success is truly notable! May these annual awards inspire continued teaching excellence within the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and beyond.”

Students in a VCU math class have published 6 research papers in top journals.

February 4, 2021

The undergraduate students in “Introduction to Mathematical Biology” are applying math concepts like game theory to better understand and tackle infectious diseases and other real-world problems.

Q&A with Keyla Marquez Capinteyro

September 17, 2020

We caught up with Keyla Marquez Carpinteyro to learn more about her academic career, passions and involvement in the Latinx community.

NSF Grant Awarded to Erica Miller

August 25, 2020

The National Science Foundation awarded a $2.1 million collaborative grant to three universities, including VCU, to implement and study a professional development program for graduate TAs to train them in engaged learning, inclusive teaching and equity.

Amir Khozaei pursues the American dream with his VCU degree

December 6, 2019

Amir Khozaei is excited about the future and looks forward to new opportunities after college.

Allison Moore 60 Second Intro video

November 5, 2019

Meet Allison Moore, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. She has a very interesting and specific interest in her field. Find out what it is!

Mathematical Modeling: From Kindergarten to Industry

October 14, 2019

Mathematical modeling is taking off at all levels of mathematics education and provides one way for students to develop meaningful connections between mathematics and the world around us.

CHS announces new Student Emergency Fund

October 9, 2019

CHS announces new Student Emergency Fund

The fund helps to keep minor or temporary financial emergencies from derailing students’ progress toward a degree.


Dr. Ellington receives Distinguished Teaching in Math and Science Award

April 24, 2019

On April, 29, 2019 Dr. Aimee Ellington from the Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department was awarded the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Teaching in Math and Science award.

Student news briefs

December 1, 2018

Click to see all the latest and greatest student news in the Department of Math.

Dr. Lewis retirement photos

December 6, 2018

Congratulations to Andrew Lewis on his retirement from VCU (spring '18)!

Welcome new faculty and staff

August 26, 2018

A warm welcome goes out to all the new faculty and staff who joined the VCU Math Department this fall.

Hurlbert edits new book

February 12, 2019

A new book edited by Glenn Hurlbert, Ph.D., and others is out.

SIAM hosts BAMM conference

May 30, 2018

The third BAMM (Biology And Medicine Through Mathematics!) conference was held in Richmond in May 2018.

Faculty attend International Congress of Mathematicians

August 1, 2018

Drs. Marco Aldi, Oleksandr Misiats, Neal Bushaw and Glenn Hurlbert all attended the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Faculty Milestones

February 20, 2018

A new baby and a wedding in 2018...

Harmonious Equations: An Exploration of Math & Music - David T. Kung

October 19, 2018

Mathematics and music seem to come from different spheres (arts and sciences), yet they share an amazing array of commonalities. We will explore these connections by examining the musical experience from a mathematical perspective.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

August 16, 2018

Position: Four faculty positions (9month) as Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics beginning August 16, 2019. The Department and University Web pages may be found at and The Ph.D. program Web page may be found at

Responsibilities of Position: Maintain a vigorous research program and a record of excellent teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Sequences, Sums, Sounds and Sloane(s)

April 26, 2018

Sequences, Sums, Sounds and Sloane(s)

When you think of the prime numbers, the Fibonacci numbers, and the powers of two, you probably think of very different concepts and ideas - from building blocks of integers to rabbits to computers.

New Math Service Learning Course Facilitates Problem Solving

March 28, 2018

This semester, Kristina Anthony and Jeffrey Ledford, both instructors in the Mathematics Department in the College of Humanities and Sciences, are teaching a new service-learning class: Math 391, “The Art of Problem Solving.” The course is designed to engage undergraduate students in solving problems in mathematics similar to problems that are given on the Putnam Competition, an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the U.S. and Canada.

Students Attend the 20th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

February 26, 2018

VCU students Lauren Hux (2019) and Diana Voronina (2018) attended the 20th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on January 26 – 28, 2018. Lauren is majoring in Mathematics and Statistics at VCU and presented a poster at the conference titled "Enhancing Passenger Preclearance via the Flexible Facilitation Model Technical Analysis of Alternatives” based on her research project from last summer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Diana is majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science and is currently studying K-QSAT with Dr. Marco Aldi.

VCU student Tatenda Ndambakuwa selected as a potential leader in the future of food security

February 19, 2018

A Virginia Commonwealth University student is one of only 27 students from around the world selected as part of the Next Generation Delegation that will attend the Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Tatenda Ndambakuwa, a senior in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in the College of Humanities and Sciences, is part of a select group of students studying agricultural development, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, and other food security related disciplines.

For more information please read the VCU article VCU Student Tatenda Ndambakuwa Selected as a Potential Leader.

Employment Opportunity: Post Doctoral Research Fellow

November 2, 2017

Collaborative research with the tenure-track faculty in the mathematics department and teaching two courses per year.

Required Qualifications: A PhD in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics, or related field, is required at the time of the appointment. Applicants must be within five years of earning their PhD. Preference will be given to candidates with a clearly identified research agenda in one of the areas of mathematics related to Department interests. Applicants must have a record of successful research during their PhD and identify a faculty mentor within the department.

The position has closed.

Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (SUMS) Conference

September 6, 2017

at James Madison University
October 7, 2017

Student Tatenda Ndambakuwa's startup aims to halt famine, food insecurity in Africa.

April 26, 2017

Student's startup aims to halt famine, food insecurity in Africa.

Math Exchange Now Open

April 10, 2017

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is beginning a new program called the Math Exchange, designed to deliver innovative Pre-Calculus (Math 151) instruction.  The Exchange employs up-to-date software developed by ALEKS, born from a National Science Foundation grant on the study of knowledge spaces, an area within artificial intelligence.

The Man Who Knew Infinity

April 24, 2017

*This Friday*, Apr. 28, George Andrews, a Penn State professor, former
AMS president, and the mathematical consultant for last year's
Ramanujan movie, and an expert on Ramanujan's research, will give a
talk at 3:00 in MCALC 2201.

Sonic Boom! Dr. Christine Darden to Speak at VCU

April 7, 2017

Christine Darden, Ph.D., a retired NASA mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer who is featured in “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” a 2016 book by Margot Lee Shetterly, will visit Virginia Commonwealth University in April.

Fall Newsletter

September 1, 2016

Our Fall 2016 Newsletter is now online! Features include: The inaugural BAMM! conference New grants received by our faculty Girls in Math Day The Math Modeling Challenge and much, much more. Read the newsletter.  

Renee Adonteng

November 1, 2016

Please join us in congratulating Renee Adonteng, this year’s recipient of the $3,000 Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Scholarship awarded by the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Renee is a junior at VCU, working on a mathematics degree with a concentration in applied mathematics.

Commencement Fall 2016

September 1, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 AM Commencement, Stuart C. Siegel Center For more information please visit: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 1:30 p.m. VCU Student Commons, Richmond Salons 907 Floyd Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23284 Tickets for guests are not required.

VCU Mathematics Colloquium 9-23-2016

November 23, 2016

What Comes Next After 2, 4, 6, 3, 9, 12, 8, 10? Confessions of a Sequence Addict Neil J. A. Sloane The OEIS Foundation Friday, Sept 23 3:00 – 3:50 Academic Learning Commons 2201

Mathematics Professors Receive Grant

April 10, 2017

Professors, Dewey Taylor, Moa Apagodu and Ghidewon Abay-Asmerom have been awarded a National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program grant from the Mathematics Association of America, which targets the development of students from underrepresented groups.

VCU Mathematics Colloquium 3-25-16

March 25, 2017

Dendritic cells (DCs) are a promising immunotherapy tool for boosting an individual’s immune response to cancer. In this talk, I will describe how we can use mathematical models to describe the interactions between dendritic cells, effector-immune cells and tumor cells.

VCU Mathematics Colloquium 2-29-16

February 29, 2016

From a network of 10,000 neurons to a smartphone app with 125,000 users: linking scales in biological rhythms Prof Daniel Forger University of Michigan, Monday, February 29 4:00- 4;50 Academic Learning Commons 2104 I will briefly describe mathematical models of neurons and chemical reactions within neurons that generate daily (circadian) timekeeping.

Mathematical modeling of intercellular calcium dynamics

November 13, 2016

Prof Gregory D. Smith College of William & Mary Friday, November 13, 2:00-2:50 Academic Learning Commons 2100 In most cell types the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) has integrative and regenerative properties analogous to the excitable membranes of neurons.

Using Mathematics to Understand the Brain

October 23, 2016

Prof Sharon Crook Arizona State University Friday, October 23 2:00-2:50 Academic Learning Commons 2100 How does the brain work? What does it do? Mathematical models of neural processes form the basis of computational studies that aim to explain how the brain represents and processes information.

Graduate School Bound? First year graduate student?

October 5, 2015

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Opportunity for Students Application Deadline: October 30, 2015 A higher percentage of applications submitted by students in mathematics will result in a higher number of NSF graduate fellowships allocated to our students in future years.


May 2, 2016

Biology and Medicine through Mathematics Upcoming Conference at VCU May 20-22, 2016 This conference will focus on recent developments in mathematical biology and medicine. 

Commencement Information

December 10, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 AM Commencement, Stuart C. Siegel Center For more information please visit: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 1:30 p.m. VCU Student Commons, Richmond Salons 907 Floyd Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23284 Tickets for guests are not required.

CSD 7: Computational Methods for Carbon Nanostructure Research

April 10, 2017

Seventh in a cross-disciplinary workshop series that brings together researchers in Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences to explore the increasingly diverse ways that computers are used as part of the scientific discovery process.

Why Difference Equations are Much More Important Than Differential Equations?

April 17, 2016

Prof Doron Zeilberger: Why Difference Equations are Much More Important Than Differential Equations? The short answer is that difference equations deal with the discrete, and differential equations deal with the continuous, and both our mathematical and physical universes are inherently discrete.

VCU Mathematics Colloquium: Prof. Martin Golubitsky

February 10, 2016

Friday, February 6
3 pm
Academic Learning Commons 2201

New H&S Scholarship Website

April 10, 2017

The College of Humanities and Sciences has introduced a new website,, with information and an online application process for the over 100 scholarship opportunities we offer to currently enrolled students.

Congratulations to Math major Allen Calderwood

April 10, 2017

A team of three Virginia Commonwealth University students won $10,000 in a San Francisco hackathon for designing an innovative mobile app that makes it easier for salespeople to pull up customers’ information while talking on the phone.

Mary Lou Gibson Scholarship

April 10, 2016

Congratulations to Elizabeth Prendergast recipient of the 2014-15 Mary Lou Gibson Scholarship.

Staff Senate Walk-a-thon

April 10, 2016

Put on your walking shoes and raise money for student scholarships!

Interview with Angela Reynolds

April 10, 2017

Understanding disease states through math VCU expert uses mathematical tools to understand wound healing and inflammation. Angela Reynolds, Ph.D., is in the business of translating math to biology and biology back to math.

Student Awards Night

March 5, 2014

The College of Humanities and Sciences Student Awards Night recognizes seniors with a 4.0 GPA and departmental award recipients.

The College of Humanities and Sciences Student Awards Night recognizes seniors with a 4.0 GPA and departmental award recipients. Students being recognized will be notified in advance of the ceremony.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7 PM
VCU Student Commons Commonwealth Ballrooms, Second Floor

Our Faculty Scholars

April 10, 2014

Congratulations to Shiv Khanna,  Puru Jena, and Jason Reed who were recently recognized at the College of Humanities and Sciences Faculty Scholarship Recognition Reception for their publications and sponsored research.

Faculty Profile: Reuben Farley

April 10, 2014

During his 45 years at VCU, mathematics professor Dr. Reuben W. Farley has been awarded the VCU Distinguished Teaching Award, The State Council For Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award and The Council For Advancement Of Science Education Virginia Professor Of The Year Award.

Aimee Ellington Discusses Her Work

April 10, 2014

In this Youtube video interview.

Cheyenne Nicholson's winding path to gradation

December 10, 2019

Cheyenne Nicholson wants to modify people’s perceptions about mathematics to be greater than letters and numbers and more about critical thinking.

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