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Department of Mathematics

College of Science and Engineering

Dr. Ben Salisbury, Chairperson

214 Pearce Hall, 989-774-3597

Meera Mainkar, Graduate Coordinator

206C Pearce Hall; 989-774-3516

Ahmed Assaf, Ph.D., Technion University, combinatorics

Debraj Chakrabarti, Ph.D., University of Madison-Wisconsin, analysis

C-Y. Jean Chan, Ph.D., University of Utah, commutative algebra and algebraic geometry

Lisa DeMeyer, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, differential geometry

Ana Dias, Ph.D., Indiana University, mathematics education

Donna Ericksen, Ph.D., Michigan State University, mathematics education

Martha Frank, Ph.D., Purdue University, mathematics education

Thomas Gilsdorf, Ph.D., Washington State University, functional analysis, ethnomathematics

George Grossman, Ph.D., University of Windsor, applied mathematics

Yeonhyang Kim, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, analysis and approximation theory

Douglas Lapp, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, mathematics education

En-Bing Lin, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, applied and computational mathematics

Meera Mainkar, Ph.D., Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, geometry, nilmanifolds

Tibor Marcinek, Ph.D., Comenius University, mathematics education

Sivaram K. Narayan, Ph.D., Purdue University, operator theory

Christine M. Phelps-Gregory, Ph.D., University of Delaware, mathematics education

Katrina Piatek-Jimenez, Ph.D., University of Arizona, mathematics education

Leela Rakesh, Ph.D., Kanpur University, applied mathematics

Ben Salisbury, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, algebraic combinatorics

Dennis St. John, Ph.D., University of Iowa, mathematics education
Jordan Watts, Ph.D., University of Toronto, differential geometry, data science

Dmitry Zakharov, Ph.D., Columbia University, algebraic geometry & mathematical physics

Xiaoming Zheng, Ph.D., University of California at Irvine, applied mathematics

Course Designators:

MTH - Mathematics

The Programs:

The Department of Mathematics offers:

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Mathematics (includes an Accelerated program)

Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences (concentrations in Mathematics and Collegiate Mathematics Education)

The department has an active faculty with particular research strengths in the areas of algebra, algebraic geometry, combinatorics, complex analysis, computational mathematics, differential geometry, fluid dynamics, functional analysis, mathematical biology, operator theory, representation theory, and mathematics education with focuses in beliefs, cross-cultural studies, equity, ethnomathematics, teacher education, and technology.

Classes are small, allowing students to receive individual attention. An active colloquium program draws speakers with varied research interests from a wide range of locales. A graduate student seminar gives students the opportunity to explore topics that extend the required coursework. The applied mathematics group’s specialty is computational and polymer fluid dynamics. Research groups have strong links with science and engineering departments within Central Michigan University, other universities and industry.

Computing facilities within Pearce Hall, where the department is located, include computer laboratories with Macintosh and PC computers and a research computer lab.

Two types of financial assistantships are available: graduate teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships. Some of these are specified for doctoral students and carry a higher stipend. Additional support is available for members of under-represented minority groups. Completed applications for assistantships must be submitted by February 15, although late applications may be considered if positions are available.