Mathematics & Computer Science
We offer courses in computer science, mathematics, and mathematics education. Our students major in mathematics or computer science, and our mathematics education program is nationally recognized by NCATE.
Our faculty scholars are engaged in excellent teaching, mentoring, and advising within a student-oriented department.
Dr. Leigh Lunsford has had her article "Slide-and-Divide: Using a Slick Trick to Dive into Deeper Mathematics" published in the MathAMATYC Educator (Volume 7, Number 1), September 2015.
Undergraduate wins poster prize at conference
Sabrina Walker was recognized for her work at the SUMS (Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) Conference on September 26, 2015. Her poster Lorenztian Geometries on Finite Dimensional Lie Algebras was named one of the best at the conference; it summarized her PRISM research with Dr. Tom Wears. Deborah Bray, Nikki Marzolf, and Heather Switzer also attended the conference, along with faculty Dr. Poplin, Dr. Shoenthal, and Dr. Wears.
Cole Award winner
Congratulations to Dr. Phillip Poplin, Associate Professor of Mathematics, who was awarded the Cole Award for Undergraduate Research. The Cole Award is given to a tenured faculty member in the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrates a sustained record of mentoring undergraduate research.
Have you been wondering what's happening with the department recently? Our Spring 2015 newsletter will hopefully resolve some of that. We're hoping this newsletter becomes an (at least) annual event.
New department scholarship to begin in 2016-17
In honor of Dr. Robert Webber’s illustrious career at Longwood University, Longwood University and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are proud to announce the creation of the Robert P. Webber Scholarship. This scholarship is intended for an incoming freshman of high academic merit majoring in mathematics or computer science. The scholarship will begin to be awarded during the 2016-17 academic year. Gifts to this scholarship should be made payable to the Longwood University Foundation (201 High Street; Farmville, VA 23909) or online (https://give.longwood.edu/pages/give.htm). Donors should notate "Webber Honor Scholarship" in the memo section of a check or in the Tribute Information section online. Gifts to the Longwood University Foundation are tax deductible.
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).
17 November: Large Banks and Empirical Modeling: The Brave New World of Bank Regulation
Senior Financial Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Colloquium October 15, 2015
Dr. Heather Moon discussed An Insight into the world of threat detection.
Colloquium September 22, 2015
Dr. Cassie Williams discussed How elliptic curves can keep secrets and prove theorems.
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.