Laying a Mathematical Foundation as You Build Your College Success

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Seattle University’s Mathematics department in the College of Science and Engineering is your home for a variety of degrees and specializations designed to fit your interests and your professional goals. At SU, you will benefit from our notable faculty connecting closely with you through our average 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and from practical, hands-on learning that is built into our programs at every level from class projects to research. Our graduates find themselves in a variety of careers in a diverse set of industries including finance, insurance, software engineering, and the sciences. In addition, some of our mathematics graduates pursue careers in teaching, while others continue their education through top graduate programs in mathematics, finance, statistics and other disciplines.

Our commitment to your educational and career success begins with our direct admission approach, our success with transferring students from a variety of regional and national institutions. We offer various forms of scholarship support for incoming, transfer, and continuing students. Mathematics is an essential tool in the modern world, as well as a fascinating and beautiful subject in its own right. Wherever your passion is focused, we embrace your dedication and will support you along your path toward making a difference. 

Math Dept. News

The Math Dept. Celebrates Its 2020 Award-Winners!

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There was no lunch this year—unless you provided your own—but the Math Dept. nevertheless offered an enthusiastic celebration, Zooming in on its award winners and graduating math majors. This year, they were especially pleased to be able to claim the President’s Award winner as one of their own, Camille Zaug. Announced by Science & Engineering’s Dean, Michael Quinn, who attended virtually, the President’s Award is given to a student who entered Seattle U. as a first-year student and is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Clearly a stellar student with majors in both Math and Physics, Camille also won the College of Science & Engineering’s John Ju Award. This goes to the graduating senior "who exudes the same profound joy and wonder at new ideas and curiosity to pursue the unknown, exhibited by John S. Ju." If that weren’t enough, Camille was also one of the two winners of the department’s Mirbagheri-Yandl Award, presented to a graduating mathematics major whose achievement and enthusiasm for mathematics reflect the spirit of Ahmad Mirbagheri and Andre Yandl, two beloved Seattle University faculty members.  The other winner of this award was Julia Gorman. This year, the Janet E. Mills Award, for undergraduate research in mathematics went to Hannah Potgieter. And the Wynne Alexander Guy Spirit of the Mathematics Department Award had two winners, Alexandra Ionescu & Christopher Ross. Their extraordinary contributions to the department always went above and beyond what was expected. The festivities concluded with a challenging math puzzle that attendees could have fun solving on their own or in teams. A big congratulations to all our graduating math majors!


An Inspirational New Book from SU Math Faculty

Inspirational math book cover, Living Proof

Seattle U. math professor Allison Henrich co-edited the thought-provoking new book, Living Proof, Stories of Resilience Along the Mathematical Journey. It’s available as a: Free Download

Have you ever struggled with math or with understanding how you fit into the mathematics community? Have you ever felt frustrated with your lack of progress on a mathematics problem, lacked confidence in your abilities, felt like an imposter, or faced open discrimination? You are not alone. This book is a collection of stories written by successful mathematicians about times they have struggled in their math education or their early careers. Perhaps more importantly, this book is about resilience. Each author shares their experience of working through difficult times, overcoming—and sometimes embracing—their challenges. Some stories hold the power to help us feel a sense of kinship with each other and to learn how to overcome our own trials. Others invite us to discover issues that people who are different from us may be facing and learn how we can be supportive of others in our community. The hope is that this book will be a catalyst for conversation about how we can be successful in mathematics while, at the same time, help others navigate their own mathematical journeys.


Undergraduates Develop a New Tetris-like Game

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With a grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM), Professor Allison Henrich is leading a team of three undergraduates in knot theory research throughout the 2019-20 academic year. Their project involves developing a new Tetris-like game using knot mosaic tiles, creating a web and smart phone app to play the game, and studying game strategy using probability theory.

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The faculty and advisors in SU’s Mathematics Department are second to none! I am beyond impressed with the passion, care, and enthusiasm that they express inside and outside the classroom. I feel that I’ve received a top-tier education that has established a solid foundation for my future endeavors.

2018 SU Student


Dylan Helliwell

Math Chair


John Teegarden

Sr. Administrative Assistant