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Aihua Li

Professor, Mathematics

BS, Beijing University of Science and Technology
MS, Beijing University of Science and Technology
MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Aihua Li, Professor of Mathematics: Department of Mathematics, MSU.

• New Jersey Section Award for Distinguished College and University Teaching, MAA-New Jersey Section, April 2023.
• Sr. Stephanie Sloyan Award for Distinguished Service for the MAA-NJ, MAA - New Jersey Section, April 2021.
• Faculty Mentoring Award, Division of Mathematical Science and Computer Science, (national) Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), June 2013.
• University Distinguished Scholar Award for 2013-2014 Academic Year, Montclair State University, 2013.
• MAA National Project NExT Fellow (green dot): 1995/1996.
• Teaching Recognition Award, Parent Association/Teaching Council, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992.
Recent Professional Service:
• Director: Mathematical Association of America NREUP Summer REU program at MSU: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2022.
• Undergraduate Mentor: National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences, 2009 - present.
• Reviewer: Mathematics Review, 1997 - present.
• Chair - Mathematical Association of America - New Jersey, 2017-2019
• MSU LSAMP Director, 2015-2018
• Vice Chair for Speakers, Mathematical Association of America NJ-Section, 2014 – 2016
• Vice Chair for Student Affairs, Mathematical Association of America NJ-Section, 2010 – 2014 and CS Division
• Council Member - Council on Undergraduate Research, 2012-2018.
• Guest Editor: “Perspectives and Experiences on Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research”, Volume I & II, PRIMUS 2017.
• Director: CURM Academic REU Program at MSU: 2007-2008, 2009-2010.
• Co-Director: Garden State Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (GSUMC), 2009 - 2014.


Commutative Algebra, Number Theory, Combinatorics/Graph Theory, Matrix Theory, Discrete Dynamical Systems/Difference Equation, Bioinformatics, Mathematics Education, Undergraduate Research


Office Hours


9:00 am - 10:00 am
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 am
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm


Research Projects

Interdisciplinary Research in Graph Theory and its Applications in Sciences

This project studies the Randic connectivity indices of certain graphs derived from chemistry and biology problems and their applications in life science.
Collaborators: Haiying Wang, Patricia Dorn,
Student researchers: Giancarlo Labruna, Jhonny Almeida
Past student researchers: Jennifer Feiner, Katrina Bandeli, Pamela Gurreon, Zeyad Boodoo, William Burk, Rob Rexler Baello

Zero Divisor Graphs

Collaborator: Ralph P Tucci

Interlace Polynomials of Graphs

Collaborators: Qing Wu, Sarita Nemani, Christina Eubanks-Turner, Christian Hyra