Department of Mathematics
Combining a strong traditional mathematics major with opportunities for student research, a very successful secondary education program, and preparation in applied mathematics and statistics, the Department of Mathematics is committed to helping each Geneseo student achieve their goals, both before and after Geneseo.
Recent News and Events
Information about Recent Changes to the Mathematics Degrees
The college has a backlog in processing updates to the bulletin and changes in majors. In the Spring the College Senate approved the following changes to the Mathematics degrees:
- Programming Requirement: For all four mathematics major degrees, the programming requirement was previously satisfied only by Math 230. It now may be satisfied by Math 230, 345, 382, 384, or 385. The 300-level courses on this list all have a prerequisite of either Math 230 or Phys 261. This gives an alternative to completing two introductory-level programming courses.
- For the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree, some of the tracks have changed:
- The "Foundations" track has added Math 304 and removed Math 338.
- The "Algebra" track has added Math 310.
- A new track "Geometry and Topology" has been added and includes Math 335 and Math 338.
- For the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics degree, some of the tracks have changed:
- The "Discrete Mathematics" track has added Math 310.
- A new track "Computing" has been added and includes Math 384, Math 385, and at most one of Math 303 and Math 304.
Until the changes are incorporated in the bulletin, they will be processed with waivers from the Chair of the Mathematics Department. We hope you see that all of these changes give you more flexibility. Please contact your advisor or the Chair with any questions.
2022-2023 Math Scholarships
Several math majors have been awarded mathematics scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. Congratulations to:
Rebecca Allen, Bryan Best, Makenzie Castiglione, Allison Clark, Darien Connolly, Kaitlyn Eck, Caroline Fitzgerald, Leah Reynolds, Lauren Romito, Robert Sinesi, Drew Southcott, and Sophia Tiffany.
Thanks go to these students for all of the great work they have done to earn these scholarships!
Professor Ahmad Almomani receives the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, instituted by State University of New York chancellor Ernest L. Boyer in 1973, have demonstrated outstanding teaching ability through superb classroom performance. They are scholars who bring to their classes broad academic interests, rigorous and innovative teaching methodology, and current, far-reaching knowledge. Their concern for students is evidenced by the individual attention they accord each student and by their commitment to helping students to enhance their scholarly and creative abilities and to attain academic excellence.
Donald House receives the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level in keeping with the State University’s commitment to providing its students with instruction of the highest quality.
Dr. Savitri Iyer awarded the Dr. Spencer J. Roemer Supported Professorship
The Supported Professorship provide faculty members with an annual grant for the term of their three-year appointment, the privilege, as a part of their normal teaching load, to design and teach one course of their choosing during one year of the Professorship, and the responsibility of delivering one College-wide lecture on a topic of their choice during the third year of their Professorship. These faculty have demonstrated superior teaching and involvement of students in the learning process, superior advisement, both formal and informal, a visible and meaningful involvement in campus life, and an active scholarly life.
2021-2022 Graduating Math Majors
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Geneseo Mathematics Seniors! These math seniors have worked incredibly hard these past few years and are all destined to do great things.
Student Honored with SUNY Chancellor's Award
Luis Yanez Zamora received the 2022 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence! Luis is a physics and mathematics double major from East Hampton, NY. As a first-generation student, he is a McNair Scholar and a Presidential Scholar, and he serves as the vice-chair of the Student Association Academic Affairs Committee. Luis tutors math and physics students while engaging in campus governance and other organizations. His academic interests involve research on black holes, the production of gravitational waves, and general relativity. Luis's post-graduation plans are to pursue a PhD in theoretical astrophysics. Congratulations Luis!
Students Inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon
On April 26, 2022, twelve students were inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society. Congratulations to:
Makenzie Castiglione, Una Donovan, Kaitlyn Eck, Zachary Gauronski, Huiming Huang, Jessica Nischo, Marcus Paone, Leah Reynolds, Robert Sinesi, Drew Southcott, Sophia Tiffany, and Luis Yanez Zamora
Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and the recognition of students who pursue mathematical scholarship and successfully attain mathematical understanding. Each year the Department of Mathematics inducts our best students into this prestigious honor society.
Professor Almomani Recognized for Campus Sustainability Efforts
Dr. Almomani received honorable mention for the Campus Sustainability Awards that recognize outstanding commitment by students, faculty, staff, and student organizations to enhance the three pillars of sustainability on the Geneseo campus: social sustainability, economic sustainability, and environmental sustainability. The awards are to recognize and celebrate the hard work of community members, which often goes unnoticed, as we strive for a campus that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable for generations to come.
Dr. Almomani’s nomination reads: "Dr. Almomani is a faculty member in the Mathematics Department and has served as the President’s Sustainability Commission Co-Chair for the past 2 years. He has completely shifted a number of his course curricula to address sustainability challenges, including creating an entirely new course called 'Math for Sustainability' that has been approved through the College Senate. He runs directed studies each semester and year that are specifically aimed at utilizing mathematics in order to solve sustainability challenges on Geneseo’s campus, including rainwater harvesting, efficiency in compost buckets, and more. He has a strong focus on regenerative practices and responsibility and is always looking for new ways to make sustainability work on Geneseo’s campus."
2021-2022 Presidential Scholars
Congratulations to three of our math majors who have been selected as Presidential Scholars for the 2021-2022 academic year! Riley Grossman, Kaitlin Miron, and Luis Yanez, join 11 other Geneseo students in receiving this prestigious honor. More information can be found on the Presidential Scholar webpage. Congratulations Riley, Kaitlyn, and Luis!
|Riley Grossman is an Applied Mathematics major with minors in Economics and the Edgar Fellows Program. His primary interests are data science and machine learning. This past spring, he did a directed study with Dr. Douglas Baldwin on machine learning and algorithmic bias. He presented his research at GREAT Day. He also received the Geneseo Foundation’s Undergraduate Summer Fellowship so he can research machine learning models and attempt to apply those models to cross country race results. Outside academics, Riley is a member of both the Geneseo cross country and track and field teams. He is a captain of both teams. He has qualified for the NCAA Championships twice and has been a member of six teams that have won SUNYAC Championships. After graduation, Riley plans to attend graduate school to pursue a graduate degree in data science.|
|Kaitlin Miron is a Mathematics and Adolescence Education: Mathematics major with minors in the Edgar Fellows Honors Program and German. She is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. On campus, Kaitlin tutors mathematics for the Access Opportunity Programs and is a member of the Committee for AOP Tutoring Support. After spending her sophomore year as a member of the Academic Rights and Advancement Committee of the Undergraduate Student Senate, she took on and developed a new executive board position, the Geneseo Community Representative, where she was tasked with enhancing the relationship between Geneseo Village leadership and the Student Senate. She also spent the spring semester of her junior year as a Resident Assistant in Wayne Hall. Come fall, Kaitlin will student teach, and she could not be more excited to apply the knowledge and skills she has learned in her courses in a real classroom setting.|
|Luis Yanez is a dual Physics and Mathematics major with a minor is Political Science. He is a McNair scholar and currently serves in various roles, including member of the Mathematical Association of America, the Society of Physics Students, the ΣΠΣ Physics Honors Society, College Senate, and as vice chair of the Student Association Academic Affairs Committee. In the past, Luis has had the opportunity of serving as vice chair of both the Student Association Student Senate and Student Senate Student Rights and Affairs Subcommittee, working with faculty in both the Chancellor’s Excellence Award and Registrar Search committees, and tutoring students in the Physics Learning Center. Luis is very passionate about engaging in the campus community, and aspires to advance the greater world through the leadership skills gained at SUNY Geneseo. Currently, he researches black hole inspirals and the production of gravitational waves with Dr. Thomas Osburn, and plans to pursue a PhD in theoretical astrophysics after graduation.|
Professor Almomani Honored with Mentoring Award
Assistant Professor Ahmad Almomani was awarded a 2021 Drs. Carol and Michael Harter Endowment for Faculty Mentoring Award. The award is given yearly to a faculty member whose commitment to teaching goes beyond the classroom to the students' intellectual or creative development. Congratulations Professor Almomani!