Research in Mathematics
Department of Mathematics offers the BS degree in Mathematics with tracks in Secondary Education/UTeach, Traditional Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics. The Department offers courses and programs of study that will ensure that the student learner will be able to contribute to today's society in a variety of ways. The students will obtain the ability to critically assess numerical and graphical information; learn to formulate strategies for solving problems; and acknowledge the importance of being intellectually curious throughout their adult lives. The department is a leader in undergraduate research; all mathematics majors engage in a senior project course which provides a first research experience to the student. The department contributes to the body of knowledge in the discipline through traditional research, applied research, and research in the teaching of mathematics.
The faculty members conduct research in Applied Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, and Mathematical Education. The Applied Mathematics group focuses on Inverse and Ill-posed problems, spectral theory, dynamical systems, integral transforms and special functions. The Discrete Mathematics group conducts research in graph theory, combinatorics, block designs, and number theory. The Mathematics Education group focuses on the areas of secondary education, elementary teacher education, culturally-relevant teaching, and standards-based mathematics instruction.
The Department includes the Marion Crider Distinguished Chair, the only such position in the University. The Department is home to two highly-respected research journals. It bi-annually hosts the Integers Conference, and international research conference with many distinguished speakers. For three years, it recently ran a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates, a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation; and it will do so for three more years beginning in 2014. It hosts “Math Day” every year, which attracts hundreds of regional high school students to a day of contests and other mathematics-related activities. The Department runs seminars in discrete mathematics, mathematics education, and applied mathematics, featuring talks by UWG faculty as well as guest speakers, and is directed toward both students and faculty.
The faculty members received funding for NSF REU programs, conference grants from NSF and STEM education transformation grant from NSF.