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Mathematics

UAS is a small school in a remarkable environment

The mission of the Mathematics Program is to provide our students with an enjoyable and rewarding academic experience through excellent mathematics instruction and guidance.

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Key Features

Flexibility

The flexibility of the mathematics/statistics electives, the capstone project, and the available elective credits in the mathematics BS degree make it possible for students to pursue any one of a variety of pathways.

  • Graduate studies in the mathematical sciences.
  • Graduate studies in teacher education.
  • Preparation for an engineering degree.
  • Applications to the physical, earth, or environmental sciences.
  • Applications to the biological/life sciences and ecology.
  • Applications to the social sciences, business, or economics.

With additional coursework, a mathematics major may earn one or more minors, a double major (two BS degrees), or a second non-science degree (a BA or BBA).

Undergraduate Research Capstone Projects

Working closely with a faculty mentor, upper-division math majors explore their interests in the mathematical sciences through an individualized capstone research project.

“I didn’t start out as a math major, but now it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to have not studied math.” — Amy Jenson, BS Mathematics

News

Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance

Since UAS is an IBA Institutional Member, UAS students may earn credit toward an IBA Graduate Certificate in Biomathematics while pursuing their undergraduate degrees. Check out the Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance page (link given in the sidebar to the left) on this website for more information, and contact Chris Hay-Jahans if you have questions - email: cnhayjahans@alaska.edu, tel: (907) 796-6408.

UAS Mathematics Majors Attend Summer REU Programs

Alice Mehalek spent her summer attending MIT's 2021 Summer Geometry Institute. The focus of this REU was geometry processing, an area that combines ideas from a wide range of disciplines and lends itself to many useful applications.

Josh Walsh attended the 2021 Summer IBA CURE Workshop to learn about research in biomathematics. He and his team members (from Harvey Mudd College and Scripps College) worked on preparing an open-source R Shiney online app that researchers can use to construct self-organizing maps for their data.

Both of these REU had attendees from all around the US and the world. Well done Alice and Josh.

Newsletters

2021-2022 Newsletter

Topics:

  • AY 2022 Graduates
  • REU Adventures of Current Math Majors and Minors
  • News of Some Past Graduates
  • UAS Math Club and Alaska Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon
  • The UAS Learning Centers
  • Faculty News
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Clubs

Math Club

Any UAS student is welcome to join the UAS Math Club. The faculty adviser of the Math Club (and the Alaska Alpha Chapter of PME) is Andrzej Piotrowski. Individuals interested in giving a talk at one of the frequent Math Club meetings are always appreciated, and community members wishing to attend any such talk are very welcome. To find out about activities of this club, click on Math Club Activities, or contact Andrzej at apiotrowski@alaska.edu.

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon is a non-secret Honor Society dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding. A UAS student meeting the following qualifications may be elected to membership by the Alaska Alpha Chapter.

Undergraduate students who have completed at least the equivalent of two semesters of calculus and two additional courses in mathematics, at or above the calculus level, all of which lead to the fulfillment of the requirements for a major in the mathematical sciences. In addition, such students must have maintained a grade point average equivalent to that of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale, both for all courses that lead to the fulfillment of requirements for a major in the mathematical sciences and also for all courses that lead to the fulfillment of requirements for an undergraduate degree.

This election shall be irrespective of sex, religion, race, or national origin.

Faculty

Brian Blitz

Brian Blitz

Professor of Mathematics & Program Coordinator

He enjoys teaching all levels of mathematics courses. His areas of interest include geometry, graph theory and algebra.

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Andrzej Piotrowski

Andrzej Piotrowski

Professor of Mathematics, Natural Sciences Department Chair

Andrzej has been at UAS since 2008. He enjoys teaching all levels of mathematics courses. His areas of interest include real and complex analysis, theory of equations, and distribution of zeros of entire functions.

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Jill Dumesnil, Ph.D.

Jill Dumesnil, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

She particularly enjoys the opportunity to interact with students both in and out of the classroom. Her areas of interest include algebra and number theory.

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Megan Buzby, Ph.D.

Megan Buzby, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics

She enjoys teaching a wide range of mathematics, probability, and statistics courses.  Her areas of interest include probability modeling, error analysis, and interdisciplinary applications.

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Chris Hay-Jahans

Chris Hay-Jahans

Professor of Mathematics

He enjoys teaching any mathematics or statistics course. His areas of interest include applications of differential equations to geophysical fluid dynamics and other areas within the natural sciences.

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Colleen Ianuzzi

Colleen Ianuzzi

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Colleen has been teaching mathematics and statistics courses for the UAS Ketchikan Campus since 2006. She enjoys helping students succeed and gain confidence in math, and teaches a variety of courses up through first semester Calculus and elementary statistics.

Outside of academics, Colleen enjoys hiking, beachcombing, reading and trying new recipes.

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Joe Liddle

Joe Liddle

Professor of Mathematics

He covers the majority of the UAS distance mathematics and statistics courses.

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