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Welcome from Louis Rossi


Welcome to the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware. This site is a reflection our community of faculty, students and visitors, all of whom share a passion for mathematics. Our department is home to 43 full-time faculty engaged in world-class research ​and inspirational teaching activities.

Exploring our research section and faculty pages, you can learn about the many ways we are advancing the mathematical sciences. Mathematics and mathematical structures are abstractions that take many forms including familiar concepts like numbers and equations, as well as a multitude of more abstract relationships. 

Our tenured and tenure-track faculty are internationally recognized experts in their respective fields, and research activities are externally funded from diverse sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency and the Defense Department. Among my colleagues are a Sloan fellows, two NSF CAREER fellows and the President of the Society for Industry and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Many serve on editorial boards of the most distinguished research journals in our respective fields and most give invited lectures and keynotes around the world.

Some of our work strengthens mathematical sciences as a discipline, but our department is unique in our outward focus. Many of our faculty are actively engaged with scientists and engineers, discovering and solving new and exciting mathematical problems that arise from outside traditional mathematical domains. 

You will also find among our full-time faculty a dedicated cadre of non-tenure track faculty who are dedicated to the practice and scholarship of effective instruction. They specialize in latest techniques for engaging students in mathematical thinking and broading participation in our​ discipline. Many have secured competitive funding to develop and innovate new methodologies, and bring these into the classroom. We are proud of our graduate programs in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics where we offer both Masters and Doctoral degrees. 

Students joining our graduate community can expect to be immersed in a rigorous degree program that will quickly move them to the frontiers of contemporary mathematical challenges. As students advance through our programs, we expect them to join research collaborations and teams in our Department. We offer summer support for first year students to kick-start their research activities. 

Some of our PhD's have gone into competitive academic positions. Others have moved into industrial positions or the financial sector. Many are surprised to learn that there are close to 300 mathematics majors at UD. Indeed, we offer seven (soon to be eight) undergraduate degree programs spanning traditional BA and BS programs in mathematics, mathematics education and several interdisciplinary degrees. The most popular degree program is our Mathematics & Economics interdisciplinary degree, but we also offer a course of study in Actuarial Sciences. We have one of the few undergraduate Quantitative Biology degree programs in the nation. Finally, we expect our interdisciplinary BS in Applied Mathematics program to come on line in Fall of 2016. 

Many of our undergraduates to add value to their degree by seeking out research experiences and internships over the summer. Many parents are surprised to learn about the career options available to math majors. While some of our graduates go into secondary teaching or move into some of the nation's top graduate programs, most are recruited into the private sector as scientists and analysts. Their unique perspective as mathematical scientists are highly sought after commodities. 

I hope the information on these pages is useful to you and I welcome suggestions for improvements of this site. If you would like to speak with someone about the programs offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences, you may call us at (302)-831-2653, or stop by our main office in Ewing Hall, Room 501.

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  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • University of Delaware
  • 501 Ewing Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2653