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Mathematics & Computer Science

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Our students major in mathematics or computer science, and our mathematics education program is nationally recognized by NCATE.

Our faculty scholars are focused on excellent teaching, mentoring, and advising of our students.


Featured News

Spring 2016 Newsletter
The department's Spring 2016 newsletter is hot off the e-presses.  Check out how some of our alums are doing, meet our newest faculty member, and more.  Last year's newsletter is also available if you're already feeling nostalgic.  Thanks to Drs. Scott McElfresh, Leah Shilling, and Tom Wears for their hard work.


Awards and Scholarships announced
At the department's annual Senior Sendoff and Student Recognition Dinner, our award and scholarship winners were announced: 

  • Badger-Magnifico Award: Deborah Bray (Mathematics/Secondary Education) and Rebecca Suiter (Computer Science)
  • John R. Clark Education Award: Nyjah Grant (Mathematics/Secondary Education)
  • Merry Lewis Allen Scholarship: Matthew Dyer (Computer Science) and Olivia Zaleski (Computer Science)
  • Hull Mathematics Scholarship: Nicole Marzolf (Mathematics/Secondary Education)
  • James C. Gussett Scholarship: Michael Lee (Mathematics & Computer Science)
  • Albert W. & Mary N. Joynes Scholarship: Walter Coleman (Computer Science & Mathematics)
  • Carol Rezba Scholarship: Shirley Bridges


Professors and student travel to regional mathematics conference
Dr. Phillip Poplin and Dr. David Shoenthal (Associate Professors of Mathematics) traveled to the Spring 2016 Sectional meeting of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Mathematical Association of America on April 15-16.  Both serve on the Executive Committee of the Section, Poplin as At-Large Member and Shoenthal as Past Section Chair.  Mathematics major Sabrina Walker also traveled to the conference.  She presented a poster Introduction to Discrete Dynamical Systems, an Honors enhancement to a differential equations course with Shoenthal.


Congratulations to our student scholars
Prizes have been announced in multiple categories for Incite, the Cook-Cole College of Arts & Sciences Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship.  Eric Whitehead was awarded first prize in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Category for his paper "Constructing an Arcade Kiosk for Interdisciplinary Research," mentored by Dr. Robert Marmorstein.  Sabrina Walker's poster "Lorenztian Geometries on Finite Dimensional Lie Algebras" (previously awarded top prize at the 2015 SUMS (Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) Conference) was awarded first place in the Poster category and was mentored by Dr. Tom Wears.  The new issue of Incite will be published later this spring.




Colloquium Series

All colloquia are from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Ruffner 356.  Be sure to join us for a social before the colloquium starting at 3:30 in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department lounge (Ruffner 300A).

20 September: TBA

Speaker: John Burton '06
Program Manager, Farmville Downtown Partnership


Problem of the Month

August 2016 Problem

Problem Status: DUE AUG 29

Previous problems


Recent Events

Colloquium April 7, 2016

Dr. Karin Saoub discussed Lewis Carroll: The Math and Logic behind Alice in Wonderland.


Colloquium March 17, 2016

Ms. Crystal Peoples explored How Mathematics and Sociology Work Together to Understand Society.


Fractal Art Display


The department is displaying several pieces of artwork by Longwood alumna Judith Moffitt (1977). These digital pigment prints are part of the Virginia Artists Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts and were a gift of the artist in memory of Benoit Mandelbrot. The photos on this site are by Taylor Dabney.