Laying a Mathematical Foundation as You Build Your College Success

A hand builds a neat tower of blocks

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

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.


The Math Dept. Brings the School Year to a Close with Awards & Celebration!

photos of the Math Dept.'s 2019 award-winners, Suki Shergill, Arthur Yae, & Ranjani Sundaresan

The Math Dept. gathered at Poquitos Mexican Restaurant, near the Seattle University campus, for the annual salute to their graduating math majors. Students, faculty, and staff came together for a festive meal and to celebrate the hard work of students who will be moving on to careers, graduate school, and the further exploration of mathematical possibility. As part of this event, Math Chair Dylan Helliwell presented awards to five special students who went above and beyond what was expected of them. Each award was named in recognition of beloved faculty members past. The Janet E. Mills Award for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics was awarded to Suki Shergill. The Mirbagheri-Yandl Award for Achievement in Mathematics was awarded to Arthur Yae. The Wynne Alexander Guy Spirit of the Mathematics Department was awarded to Ranjani Sundaresan, as well as two students who graduated previously, Nancy Mariano and Ariana Mendible. It was decided for the first time this year that this last award could go to students who provided extraordinary service to the Math Department, whether or not they were math majors—therefore the delayed recognition of Nancy and Ariana. We wish all Seattle U.’s graduating seniors well, as they move out into the world to make it a better place.


Undergraduates To Untangle Knot Research

Logo for the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics

With a grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM), Professor Allison Henrich will lead a team of three undergraduates in knot theory research throughout the 2019-20 academic year. Their research will seek to learn more about knotting complexity by studying unknotting operations on knotted structures. They will also apply their findings to studying topological-combinatorial games.

For more information about CURM grants, visit their website:


Long-Time Math Professor Mary Ehlers Passes Away

Professor Mary Ehlers Portrait

Professor Emerita, Dr. Mary B. Ehlers, a long-time faculty member of Seattle University, passed away on April 16, 2019. Mary taught in the Mathematics Department from 1980 until her retirement in 2012. She served as the department chair from 1979 - 1988. She earned a Master's Degree and a Ph. D. in Mathematics from Washington State University, and her Bachelor's degree from Western Washington University. During her career, Mary was an active member of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America, where she served many years as Secretary/Treasurer. In addition to her teaching, Mary advised many students, co-authored student solutions manuals for three textbooks, and graded AP Exams.

Donations in her memory for the support of mathematics students at Seattle University may be made through this link:



Next Talks: October 17th

19FQ Colloquium 2019-10-17: How to Become an Actuary (& Trends in Actuarial Careers) by Toby White

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October 18th-20th

SIAM PNW Section Meeting Poster 2019-10-18 at Seattle University

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Y Become a Math Major Flyer

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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


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