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Faculty in the Mathematics Department are involved in a broad range of research in the areas of mathematics education and pure & applied mathematics.

Mathematics Education

A wide range of mathematics education research is pursued in our department, much of it in conjunction with our PhD program. Our mathematics education research topics include:

  • Children’s Topological Thinking
  • Creativity and Mathematics
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Geometric Reasoning
  • Inquiry based learning
  • Making for Mathematical Learning
  • Math for Social Justice
  • Math-Science & Math-Art connections
  • Online Mathematics Pedagogy
  • Perseverance and Problem Solving
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Undergraduate STEM education

Pure Mathematics

Our department’s mathematicians pursue several areas of pure mathematics in their research. Pure mathematics research in our department includes:

  • Combinatorics
  • Graph Theory
  • Number Theory
  • Probability

Applied Mathematics

Several topics in applied mathematics are also a focus of our department research efforts. Applied mathematics research in our department includes:

  • Classical and Complex Fluids Mechanics
  • Math and Art
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Mathematical Modeling in Geophysics
  • Mathematics and Music
  • Network Theory
  • Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics
  • Optimization

For more information about these areas, or to inquire about possible research opportunities for students, contact the department chair, Dr. Ashuwin Vaidya, at