Best Mathematicians at GWU in this department are Professors Przytycki, Harizanov, Junghenn, Robinson, Jr. and Professor Yong.
National Math Festival 2017
Here is a group picture from the CCAS ceremony for our math majors who graduated in May 2014. In the picture are (roughly by rows):
(First row) Amy Lorenc, Lily Fitzgerald, Allison Elfring, Paige Fox, Arthur Bianchi
(Second row) Roshan Patel, Kelly Emerson, Yiran Liu
(Third row) James Clark, Yeuchuan Tang, Caprice Stanley, Dina Daniyarova
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Graduation day (May 16, 2014) for our Master's and Doctoral graduates. Pictured are Chubo Deng, Christopher Hayes, Joshua Furer and Murli Gupta (l to r)
Graduation day for our Master's and Doctoral graduates
Great pics from GWUmath from last week's GW Research Days!

GWU Math Department offers undergraduate and graduate (PhD and Master's) degrees and graduate certif

Operating as usual


More picnic pictures

Photos from GWUmath's post 10/04/2022

Mathematics Department Picnic Sept. 18, 2022.


Connect with fellow GW alumni from the comfort of your home during our STEM Virtual Networking Hour on August 19th. Build your professional network, exchange career tips and meet GW grads working in the STEM field from around the world. Register now at

STEM Alumni Virtual Networking Hour

Wednesday, August 19 | 12-1pm ET

This online networking event enables alumni to speed-network during a live event where they will be randomly paired with fellow alumni in the STEM areas- science, technology, engineering, and math. When alumni enter the live event, they will be able to pick an area that they would like to network with and participants are encouraged to visit more than one during the event.


Cherry blossoms seen outside Marvin Center


Here is a picture at lunch just prior to the start of the Knots in Washington XLIX conference on February 7, 2020

Lois Curfman McInnes Special Lecture 10/10/2019 10/28/2019

A talk by Lois Curfman McInnes, a senior computational scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, about the different and varied careers in mathematics her own career path in life.

"The very idea of a career in mathematics has evolved and diversified and is often coupled with a specialty or area of research interest. Mathematics plays a major role in the bottom line of industrial organizations, and helps companies perform better in today’s data-driven marketplace."

Math Department Picnic 10/6/2019 10/09/2019

October 6th Math Department Picnic at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically 05/02/2019

Colorado tried a new way to vote: Make people pay-Quadratically
Our own Professor Dan Ullman is quoted in this article.

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically The state legislature used a method that's designed to capture the intensity of a voter's preference as a way to fix some of traditional voting's big problems.

Photos from GWUmath's post 03/18/2019

Murli Gupta attended a conference (2019 Spring Progress in Mathematical and Computational Studies on Science and Engineering Problems) at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, March 15-17, 2019, and presented the first keynote address entitled "High Accuracy Solution of Differential Equations in Computational Sciences".


We had a very nice reunion of GW Math alumni yesterday at McFadden's in San Diego. About a dozen alumni, from various years, showed up.


Welcome pizza party to start the new academic year: Friday, August 25, 12:00 noon, Phillips 7th floor.
All faculty and graduate students invited.

Photos from GWUmath's post 04/24/2017

Faculty and students from GW mathematics department participated in the Geometric Balloon Bending at the National Math Festival ( at Washington D.C. Convention Center On Saturday, April 22, 2017. The event went so well that we had to open the second station upstairs much earlier than originally scheduled. This meant that many of us had to work longer hours than planned but everyone enjoyed our time there and enjoyed interacting with the young children. I saw many happy faces at the convention center and so many young ones were carrying or wearing the balloon art.

Here is what I heard from the festival organizers:
Many thanks for heroes' work by you and your student and faculty crews yesterday. The balloons are the hallmark of our event, and you rose to the challenge with grace and skill. I hope it was nearly as enjoyable for you as it was for all the satisfied "customers" you served!


GW Mathematics Alumni Reception at Joint Mathematics Meetings

Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017
Time: 7 - 8pm
Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Room M109, Marquis Level
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA, 30303


Please join the George Washington University's Mathematics Department for an alumni reception to be held in conjunction with the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Atlanta. We’ll be gathering in Room M109, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta.

Mingle with old friends, reconnect with GW Mathematics faculty and network with fellow alumni and professionals! This event is open to all GW Mathematics alumni and there is no charge to attend. Light appetizers and your first drink are included. Additional food and beverage will be available to purchase.

The George Washington University Date: Thursday, January 5Time: 7 - 8pmLocation:Marriott Marquis AtlantaRoom M109, Marquis Level265 Peachtree Center Avenue Atlanta, GA, 30303

Jobs for Mathematicians 10/04/2016

The Department of Mathematics of The George Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor. Our priorities are analysis, combinatorics and logic. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all undergraduate and graduate levels, excel in research, interact with researchers in mathematics and other disciplines, and become actively involved in the life of the department and the university.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in Mathematics, have an excellent research record as evidenced by publications, work in progress and research funding, and excellent teaching credentials as demonstrated by letters from peers or supervisors.

Application Procedure: Applications should be submitted on-line at and include cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and four letters of recommendation including one addressing teaching ability. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, s*x, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, s*xual orientation, gender identity expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Jobs for Mathematicians Full service online faculty recruitment site for mathematical institutions worldwide, offered by the American Mathematical Society (AMS).


We have a number of undergraduates defending their senior honor thesis. The complete schedule is given below:

Speaker: Mariel Supina
Time: Wednesday, April 20, 2:30--3:30pm
Location: Bell 108
Title: Grover’s Search Algorithm: Quantum Speed-Up

The problem of locating a specific piece of data in an unsorted array is similar to the problem of finding a needle in a haystack. The fastest classical algorithm is the brute force search, which locates the desired item in linear time. However, given a quantum computer, there is a much more efficient algorithm to solve this problem, which was presented by Lov Grover (1996). Grover’s search algorithm uses quantum superposition to sort the data much more quickly, only requiring checks for an array of size n. In this talk I will introduce quantum computing and Grover’s algorithm, explain the mathematical machinery behind it, and present an example in which I use the algorithm to sort a small set of data.

Advisor: Professor V. Harizanov.


Speaker: Jacob Learned
Time: Friday April 22, 3:00--4:00pm
Location: Corcoran 106
Title: Quantum Neural Networks

Neural Networks are machine learning algorithms that borrow their structure from the current understanding of the human brain. For my research, I studied the difficulties of implementing a neural network on a quantum computer. This talk will provide an overview of classical machine learning and neural networks before discussing the challenges that quantum computing presents for efficient neural networks. I also present a potential quantum algorithm for a rectified linear unit, which is a popular model for the artificial neuron.

Advisor: Professor V. Harizanov.

Speaker: Thomas Riggs
Time: Thursday, April 28, 1:00--2:00pm
Location: Corcoran 106
Title: Counting Cycles in Directed Graphs

In any directed graph, the cycle packing number is the maximum amount of edge disjoint directed cycles within the graph. In my research, I developed an extension to the Macauly2 software package, which allows a user to input a directed graph and receive the cycle packing number.

Advisor: Professor H. Wu.


Speaker: Jacob Maibach
Time: Friday, April 29, 11:00am--noon
Location: Corcoran 111
Title: Uniform Matroids, Transversal Extensions, and Set System Mobility

A transversal matroid is a combinatorial object capturing the geometry of a family of sets. There are typically many families of sets that give rise to the same matroid, called the presentations of the matroid. Studying the various presentations of a matroid gives unique insight into the matroid. I present two results demonstrating this, as well as a new tool for studying families of sets.

Advisor: Professor J. Bonin


Two of our colleagues were honored yesterday at the 6th Annual Faculty Honors Ceremony.

Professor Maria Gualdani was given the Early Career Researcher Award from the Office of Vice President for Research. This is the first time OVPR has instituted such awards - Early Career Scholar Award recognizes faculty members as the "most promising up and coming researcher/scholar, whose trajectory projects remarkable success." Professor Gualdani’s research focuses on the study of partial differential equations of mean field games, kinetic theory, and free boundary problems of elliptic and parabolic types. These equations arise from physical, social, and life sciences. All are at the frontier of modern mathematical research, and all are under intense development. Professor Gualdani’s research has been continuously funded by three NSF research grants and one NSF educational grant. She recently received the prestigious NSF CAREER award. She was also the recipient of the CCAS Dean Research Chair fellowship.

Professor Valentina Harizanov was awarded the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Faculty Prize to recognize her accomplishments in scholarship.

Congratulations to both.

The George Washington University 09/09/2015

GW Alumni Weekend 2015 registration closes September 10! Don't miss your chance to reconnect with fellow Colonials September 24-27!

The George Washington University Please note that if your school is not specifically listed below as having a separate registration process, any events for that school will be included in the Main Alumni Weekend schedule.

GW Alumni Weekend 2015 Registration 07/28/2015

Alumni Weekend registration is now open! Register today to secure your spot at the Janelle Monáe concert, reunions, , CCAS Dean's Reception and other popular events throughout the Sept. 24-27 weekend.

GW Alumni Weekend 2015 Registration Please note that if your school is not specifically listed below as having a separate registration process, any events for that school will be included in the Main Alumni Weekend schedule.

Photos from GWUmath's post 05/21/2015

Scott Aaronson, MIT ( gave a Distinguished Speculative First of April Talk on April 3, 2015 with the title: How Pervasive Is Incompleteness?

Here is the abstract:

Abstract: I was asked to give a “speculative” math talk. So, I'll discuss the question of just how much “normal, finitary” math the Gödel incompleteness phenomenon might infest. I’ll first survey the types of independence and undecidability results that are known, and explain why in my view, none of them give a fully satisfactory answer. I’ll then speculate about the question, which I’m often asked, of whether the P vs. NP problem might turn out to be formally undecidable. Finally, I’ll discuss the Busy Beaver function, and its amazing ability to “concretize” questions of mathematical logic. I’ll mention some ongoing work with Adam Yedidia that aims to construct a small Turing machine whose (non-)halting is provably independent of the ZFC axioms.

Short Bio: Scott Aaronson is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He studied at Cornell and UC Berkeley, and did postdocs at the Institute for Advanced Study as well as the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, and more generally on computational complexity and its relationship to physics. His first book, Quantum Computing Since Democritus, was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. Aaronson has written about quantum computing for Scientific American and the New York Times, and writes a popular blog at He’s received the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, the United States PECASE Award, and MIT's Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Timeline photos 04/29/2015

A recent math graduate (Callie Freitag) visited our department last Friday. She met our Professor Svetlana Roudenko with whom she had done a senior thesis. This photo has Callie and Professor Roudenko with her poster presented at a Research Day at GW.

Callie worked for Department of Health for about a year, earned a masters at the Univ of Chicago, and now is going to California to work at the Legislative Analyst's Office. Congratulations, Callie.

Timeline photos 04/15/2015

on Tuesday April 7, the alarm went off right after the beginning of Professor Roudenko's class at 2:25pm in the Duques building, and everybody had to evacuate the building. She took all her students across the street and did some math outside. "I fortunately had some handouts, and we also found a few chairs and walls...
In any case, some passerby took a picture how we are doing and twitted it (or facebooked it)."

You can see some of our grad students on the right and several math majors-undergrads.

Best Mathematics Programs | Top Math Schools | US News Best Graduate Schools 04/08/2015

GW's graduate program in mathematics has been ranked at 103 where we are tied with NJIT, SMU and WPI. We are rated ahead of UMBC and GMU. With a slight effort (and 0.1 score), we could be in the top 100 list. See the whole list at

Best Mathematics Programs | Top Math Schools | US News Best Graduate Schools See the top ranked mathematics programs at US News. Use the best mathematics program rankings to find the right graduate program for you.

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