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About the Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics is committed to providing students with the foundational training necessary for graduate work as well as careers in education, business, industry, and public service. Our faculty come from all over the world and have a strong commitment to both research and teaching.

Student and Faculty Accomplishments

Congratulations to the following former students:

  • Bob Krueger was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation GRFP (Graduate Research Fellowship Program) grant in 2021.

Congratulations to the following faculty:

  • Ebrahim Sarabi received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the years 2021-2024.
  • Louis DeBiasio received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the years 2020-2023.
  • Tao Jiang received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the years 2019-2022.
  • Alim Sukhtayev received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the years 2019-2022.
  • Paul Larson received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the years 2018-2022.

The Penrose Tiling in the Bachelor Hall Courtyard of Miami University

By the end of summer 2024, the Department of Mathematics will move out of Bachelor Hall after occupying it for over three decades. There is a strong connection to the building, and especially the beautiful Penrose tiles in the courtyard of the building.

The story behind the installation of these gorgeous mathematically shaped tiles was remarkable and accounted for by articles of the main persons behind the idea, math professor emeritus Prof. Milton Cox and former math department chair professor emeritus Prof. David Kullman.We have asked them to share their thoughts on the mathematics and the history behind the tiling.

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Give to the Mathematics Department

Help us prepare the next generation of leaders in the mathematiical fields—and our society as a whole. We have numerous scholarships, grants, and programs accepting contributions from donors like you.


Visiting Lecture Program

Our faculty can present to your math club or undergraduate colloquium. Along with a lecture, we can also provide information about our Master's program. To arrange a talk, please contact Beata Randrianantoanina (, Doug Ward (, or the speaker directly and set up a mutually convenient date.

Speakers and Topics

Reza Akhtar

  • Sperner Theory
    Prerequisite: Basic Knowledge of Proof and Set-Theoretic Language

Olga Brezhneva

  • Introduction to Optimization
    Prerequisite: Matrix multiplication
  • Why Do We Need Differential Equations?
    Prerequisite: Calculus 1
  • What is Numerical Analysis About?
    Prerequisite: Calculus 1

Louis DeBiasio

  • The Probabilistic Method in Combinatorics
    Prerequisite: Basic Probability and Combinatorics
  • What is... the Chromatic Number of a Graph?
    Prerequisite: None

Patrick Dowling

  • Fixed Point Theory and Applications
    Prerequisite: Calculus II

Jason Gaddis

  • An introduction to voting theory
    Prerequisite: None
  • The language of (quantum) symmetry
    Prerequisite: None

Tao Jiang

  • A Taste of Graph Theory
    Prerequisite: For Math Majors

Dennis Keeler

  • How Your Computer Does Algebra
    Prerequisite: Linear Algebra
  • Hyperbolic Geometry with Geometer's Sketchpad
    Prerequisite: None

Zevi Miller

  • Problems in Graph Theory
    Prerequisite: Juniors and above
  • Applications of Graph Theory in Computer Science
    Prerequisite: Juniors and above

Dan Pritikin

  • Variations of the "Lights Out" Game
    Prerequisite: None (linear algebra helpful)
  • Math Sing-Alongs
    Description: Dr. Dan leads your group to sing along with some famous pop hits, with a twist: the words have been changed to "parody lyrics" with mathematical content (something like Weird Al Yankovic material). Over 20 parodies are ready to go (way too many for a 50 minute session, so you can help choose which ones to use). Some math topics require no special background, and for the more advanced topics Dr. Dan has prepared a short introductory PowerPoint lecture to precede the song. The room used for the sing-along session must have a laptop connection with both projection and audio so that Dan's laptop can project lyrics in PowerPoint while playing songs on iTunes through your speakers.

Doug Ward

  • Nonsmooth Analysis: Or, What Do You Set Equal to Zero When the Derivative Doesn't Exist?
    Prerequisite: Calculus 1, dot product of vectors

Department of Mathematics

123 Bachelor Hall
301 S. Patterson Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056