Weekly Events

Our department has an active Colloquium Series on Mondays at 3:50 pm in Roop 103. The weekly colloquium talks are accessible to both faculty and students, sometime delivered by our own faculty and sometimes by visiting faculty from other universities. Come early to get fresh-baked cookies before the talk! Check out the Colloquium Schedule to see what talks are coming up next. 

Faculty and students are also invited to join us for Afternoon Tea to enjoy coffee, tea, and fresh-baked cookies in Roop 103 every Wednesday at 2:30.

Conferences We Host

Each year the Department hosts two large conferences that are open to the JMU community and bring in attendees from many other schools and universities. In the fall we host the SUMS Conference, an undergraduate research conference that promotes original student research in mathematics, statistics, and their applications. SUMS has run every fall since 2005 and is currently directed by Peter Kohn and Roger Thelwell.

In the spring we host the Expanding Your Horizons Conference, a math and science conference for girls in grades 6-9 that provides students and their parents science presentations, demonstrations, and hands on workshops. EYH has run every spring since 2008 and is currently directed by Beth Arnold and Katie Quertermous.

Our department also hosts other mathematical conferences, recently including:

Active Student Clubs

Our student community is very active, often working collaboratively and studying together in the Roop 103 lounge. We welcome all math majors to join one or more of our departmental clubs:

  • The Mathematics and Statistics Club meets regularly through the semester and organizes activities such as movie nights, community events, panels, a student/faculty bowling tournament, and an annual Pi Day fundraiser (3/14 1:59pm) where students throw pie at their favorite professors. The club faculty advisor is Roger Thelwell.
  • We have a student chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon Club, a national mathematics honors society that promotes scholarly activity in mathematics among students. The PME faculty advisor is Hasan Hamdan

  • Our department also has a student chapter of the American Statistical Association, a professional society for the promotion of statistical science. The ASA faculty advisor is Nusrat Jahan.

  • We also have an active student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, which is open to all students and aims to inspire and benefit all members of our community. The AWM faculty advisor is Minah Oh

  • For math education students, the Math Concentrators Club provides a community for K-8 prospective teachers concentrating in mathematics. The MCM faculty advisor is "Zig" Siegfried.

  • QUEST is a support and advocate group for people who identify within the LGBTQ+ community and work in the STEM field. The QUEST faculty advisor is Rebecca Field.

Student Competitions and Challenges

Looking for a challenge? Join one of the following student teams:

  • COMAP: Every spring, the COnsortion for Mathematics and its APplications runs a mathematical contest in modeling. Every year, several groups of JMU students participate in this competition. Interested students should contact Hasan Hamdan or Roger Thelwell

  • SCUDEM: This November 9th, JMU will be a regional host for the SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equations Modeling, an international differential equation modeling challenge organized by SIMIODE. Teams of students work for about a week on a modeling scenario with their faculty coach at home, and then travel to a host site where they'll be challenged to consider a slight adaption of their model and present their findings to a panel. Interested students should contact Roger Thelwell

  • Putnam: The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the United States and Canada. The Putnam Competition takes place annually on the first Saturday of December. The competition consists of two 3-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. JMU students compete every year; interested students should contact Brant Jones.
Other Department Activities

See the list below for even more ways to get involved in our faculty/student community:

  • The Math and Stat Club is now running the Problem of the Week! The students have taken over this long-standing tradition in our department, and now offer weekly problems posted in the first floor hallway of Roop Hall. Here's just one sample :)

  • Every semester, a team of our upper-level majors plan and teach a for-credit course for beginning majors called Math 167, Topics in Mathematics. We encourage all new math majors to take this fun and brain-expanding course!

  • Join us every semester for a Math/Stat Department Picnic at one of the Harrisonburg parks, open to all mathematics and statistics majors and faculty.

  • Faculty meet informally for Seminar Sequences on topics of interest. Fall 2020 includes a weekly seminar on the Power Series Method.

  • If you're looking for undergraduate research opportunities, or interested in our department's other research activities, please see our Research Opportunities page. 
Outreach to the Community

The JMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics also offers services and events for the larger community: 

  • The Statistical Consulting Center, staffed by faculty and in the spring assisted by students in the course Math 428, provides statistical expertise for JMU faculty, staff and students, and is also interested in working with members of the community or local industry. Either contact the center directly at statconsult@jmu.edu or contact its current head, Ben Ward.

  • Family Math Night: An opportunity for elementary and middle school students and their families to play mathematical games and do activities run by JMU students learning to become future teachers. Games are set up so that all levels can play, learn some math, and have fun. The spring 2020 schedule (6:30-7:30) is:
    • Thursday, February 6 – Pleasant Valley Elementary
    • Tuesday, February 11 – Elkton Elementary
    • Wednesday, February 12 – Bluestone Elementary
    • Tuesday, February 25 – Spotswood Elementary
    • Tuesday, March 3 – McGaheysville Elementary
    • Wednesday, March 4 – Waterman Elementary
    • Monday, March 30 – Linville-Edom Elementary
    • Thursday, April 2 – Skyline Middle
    • Wednesday, April 22 – Fulks Run Elementary

For more information, contact "Zig" Seigfried


For information on more events across the College of Science and Mathematics, visit the JMU Center for STEM Education and Outreach

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