Department Activities


Welcome!  The Mathematics and Statistics Department at JMU is dedicated to the teaching and learning of our students.  We are host to several conferences, have many opportunities for undergraduate research with our faculty, and have a few social activities as well.


The Department hosts weekly colloquia, open to all faculty and students. Talks are almost always on Mondays at 3:45 in Roop 103.

Tea Time

Tea Time is held Wednesdays 2-2:45pm in Roop 103. Come and enjoy tea and cookies and the company of others! You may also be surprised by delicious homemade goodies as well.


  •  Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (SUMS) Conference

    Elizabeth Brown and Laura Taalman have received renewed funding through National Science Foundation grant DMS-0536991, in conjunction with the Mathematical Association of America Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences (RUMC) program, for the 2005-2014 SUMS Conferences. Each fall, SUMS hosts about 250 people from 35 colleges, universities, and high schools around the country, and features invited talks, panel sessions, and about 25 undergraduate talks and 30 student posters.

  • Expanding Your Horizons Conference

    Each April, the Department hosts an Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle and high school women. This one-day event is a chance for the young women and their parents/teachers to participate in fun, hands-on, mathematical workshops. This conference has been partially supported by an MAA Women and Mathematics Tensor Grant and the American Association of University Women. Dr. Elizabeth Arnold and Dr. Katie Quertermous are directors of the program.

  • You are invited to enjoy the company of other students and faculty at the Math & Stat. department fall picnic. Plenty of food will be available so stop on by! WHEN: Friday, September 19, 2014, 4 PM. WHERE: Shelter 2 in Purcell Park. Shelter 2 is closest to the kid's castle. Map of Purcell Park


    Math/Stat Club

    The Department has an active Mathematics and Statistics Club that meets regularly throughout the regular academic year.  They organize activities such as panels on attending graduate school and getting jobs, as well as organizing various activities for students and faculty <mce:script mce_src="> . These include a student/faculty bowling tournament as well as organizing the annual Pi Day tradition (3/14 1:59pm) where students get to throw pie at their favorite professors! See pictures from Spring 2008 (held on 3/21 - Pi + Epsilon Day).  Proceeds are donated to charity. The faculty sponsors of the math/stat club are Professor Peter Kohn and Professor Roger Thelwell.  

    Pi Mu Epsilon

    Pi Mu Epsilon is an organization whose purpose is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among students in academic institutions. For more information see the National PME website. For more information about our local chapter, see the Virginia Gamma Chapter (JMU). oversees our local PME organization.