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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics at Tarleton State University!

Our Mission and Purpose is to provide empowering educational opportunities that prepare students for rewarding careers as collaborative leaders in their chosen fields and contribute to the development of a mathematically literate citizenry.


Department Head Message

Dr. Brawner, Department Head Welcome to the Department of Mathematics at Tarleton State University. I hope you will find our website helpful and informative.  Our department’s main goal is to help students excel in the fields of Mathematics and Mathematics Education.  We have highly qualified faculty members in different areas in pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Mathematics Education.  

Whether you are taking one course as a university requirement or pursuing a degree in Mathematics, our faculty’s dedication to upholding high teaching standards will provide you with a rich, knowledge-filled experience.

We are located at the Mathematics Building. Come by and check out our facility classrooms and computer lab. If you would like further information, please feel free to call us at 254-968-9168.


Degrees Offered

Undergraduate Degrees

Graduate Degrees

Earn a Master of Science in Mathematics, specializing in data science, mathematics education, pure mathematics, or applied mathematics. 

Math Department News & Events

CanSat International Rocket Competition June 8-10, 2018

Had rocket, have traveled.  The 14th annual American Astronautical Society (AAS) CanSat Competition took place at Tarleton State University June 8 through 10, 2018, with college and university teams from around the world vying for top honors.  This year’s competition featured the best 33 teams from 105 applicants.

Teams from the U.S., Canada, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Turkey and the United Kingdom participated.  Many of the teams returned to Tarleton this year, having competed here in CanSat 2017.

Launches took place on Saturday at Tarleton’s Agricultural Center/College Farm.  Post-flight presentations and awards were given on Sunday in the Lamar Johanson Science Building. Lauren Gillespie, Administrative Coordinator, College of Science and Technology, served as Lead Event Coordinator.  Steve Merwin, Mathematics Department Instructor and Aeronautical Team Advisor, served as Lead Technology Coordinator. 

Read more about CanSat 2018 in this Tarleton Press Release.  For many more pictures from CanSat 2018, see the Tarleton Mathematics Department Facebook page.

cansat-2018-preflight.jpg Preflight Preparation  cansat-2018-rockets.jpg Rockets R Us

cansat-2018-winners.jpg Winning Team, University of Manchester, UK

cansat-2018-2nd-place.jpg Second Place, Bulent Ecevit University, Turkey

cansat-2018-3rd-place.jpg Third Place, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey



Tarleton Mathematics Day 2018

On May 3, 2018, the Mathematics Department held its Math Day program with faculty presentations, student presentations, awards, and a slide show of the many activities, research, conferences, presentations, and service during the past year.

  • Chad Tyre received the Pamela Littleton Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.
  • Misty Files received the Outstanding Graduate Award
  • Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry received the Timothy L. Flinn Annual Faculty Excellence Award
  • Dr. Dwayne Snider was honored for 42 years of service at Tarleton in the Mathematics Department and in the Administration


Chad Tyre with Dr. Faulkenberry, Dr. Littleton, and Dr. Brawner


Misty Files with Dr. Brawner


Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry with Anabel Warner and Dr. Brawner


Dr. Dwayne Snider

Math Day 2018 Student Presentation Winners

First Place -- Edwin Gonzalez & Stephen Lowe, N-body Approach to the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP)

Second Place -- Maria Tovar, Casey Sutton, Diana Dihn-Andrus & Preston Ward,  Quantifying Gerrymandering via Transit Time

Third Place -- Taylor Hutyra & Wesley Pryor, Mandel - “Brought” the Music: Turning Fractals into Sound

Tarleton Recognizes Dr. Kathy Smith at its annual Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Dr. Kathy Smith, the recipient of the 2018 Engaged Faculty Award, was among those honored at the Tarleton Awards Banquet.   Congratulations, Dr. Smith!

Read the article in the Tarleton Media Relations release.



Conferences, Conferences, and Commendations

It’s spring. March Madness, baseball season, and the Masters golf tournament get our attention. At the Tarleton Math Department, it’s math madness conference time. Here’s what’s been happening.

MAA-Mathematical Association of America Texas Section Meeting, El Centro College, Dallas, April 5-7

Attending: Eileen Faulkenberry, Scott Cook, Bryant Wyatt, Colleen Seaman, Jeremiah Bass, Jesse Crawford, Keith Emmert; 33 students

Award: Bryant Wyatt, Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics

Award: Edwin Gonzales and Stephen Lowe:  Best Research Presentation in the Applied Math Division

maa conference 2018 outstanding teacher award

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry and Dr. Bryant Wyatt

maa conference 2018 student award

Edwin Gonzales and Stephen Lowe

maa conference 2018 tsu group

Tarleton Mathematics Department MAA Expeditionary Force

GPU Technology Conference, San Jose, March 26-29

With this meeting, you can find your way to the premier conference on graphical processing units and their applications in modeling and Artificial Intelligence.

Attending:  Bryant Wyatt; students Eric Hall, Acer Garcia

Presentation: Eric Hall, Acer Garcia—“Heliocentric Lunar-Forming Impact Model”

gpu tech conference 2018

Eric Hall and Acer Garcia

ICTCM 2018 – The 30th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, Washington, D.C., March 15-18

Attending: Bryant Wyatt, Bowen Brawner

Presentation: Bryant Wyatt (John Gresham, Michael Warren co-authors) “Finding Complex Zeros of a Cubic Polynomial from Its Graph”

T3—Teachers Teaching with Technology, San Antonio, March 2-4

Attending: Eileen Faulkenberry, Colleen Seaman, Michael Warren, Nancy Summer, Rose Ann Jackson, Beth Riggs, Imelda Salinas, Diane Casey

Presentations: Eileen Faulkenberry and Beth Riggs, “"Aha! Systems, Systems Everywhere”

Research Council on Mathematics Learning, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, February 22-24

Faculty attending: Eileen Faulkenberry, Kathy Smith, Michael Warren, Melissa Eubank,

Presentations: Eileen Faulkenberry “The impact of classroom experiences on pre-service teachers’ mathematics self-efficacy.”

Michael Warren, Melissa Eubank, Brandy Crowley, Katelyn Hamilton, Trena Wilkerson “Mathematics immersion: An investigation of problem solving perceptions.”

Kathy Horak Smith, Eileen Faulkenberry, & Michael Warren “An investigation of pre-service teachers’ problem solving skills.”

rcml conference 2018

Michael Warren, Dr. Kathy Smith, Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry at RCML

Texas/Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium, Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, February 10

Attending:  Bryant Wyatt, Jeremiah Bass; students: Eric Hall, Aser Garcia, Edwin Gonzalez, Nikki Gonzalez, Stephen Lowe, Preston Ward, Sabrina Hetzel, Nicholas Petela, Mason McCallum   

Presentations: “Heliocentric Lunar-Forming Impact Model”   Eric Hall with Aser Garcia

“N-body Approach to the Traveling Sales Man Problem” Edwin Gonzalez and Stephen Lowe

“Computing absorption probabilities in simple finite random walks” Sabrina Hetzel

“Magic Squares” Preston Ward

“Quantifying Gerrymandering Via Transit Time” Maria Tovar and Preston Ward

“Improved Ramsey Number Bounds Via MCMC” Mason A. McCallum and Nicholas Petela

2018 Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Houston, February 8-10

Attending: Eileen Faulkenberry, Kathy Smith

Tarleton State University Rocket Team Heads to Nasa Competition April 4-8, 2018

The Tarleton State University Rocket Team is headed to NASA Marshal Space Flight Center in Alabama.  Teams face off in the 2018 competition April 4-8. 

Tarleton Rocket Team

The Launches will air live  April 7th on NASA TV. You can follow at the links below.



Math Faculty Receive Recognitions at the 2018 College of Science and Technology Annual Awards Dinner

At the awards dinner on February 8, 2018 the following four math faculty received awards: (pictured left-to-right)

Dr. Beth Riggs -- Barry B. Thompson Service Award
Dr. Kathy Smith -- Engaged Faculty Award
Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry -- Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award
Michael Warren -- O.A. Grant Teaching Award

Congratulations to this year's award recipients.

 faculty award recipients

Tarleton Calculus Bowl has 48 students in 12 teams compete for prizes, and free travel to MAA

The competition was held Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the Math Building. In a close contest, the winning team was the Particle Modeling Team with members Aser Garcia, Scott Hall, Stephen Lowe, and Edwin Gonzalez.  Second place went to Dr. Bass's Calculus III class team: Khadijo Fraser, Rachel Jones, Jaclynn Lewis, and Becca Hanson.  Third place went to the Math Clinic Team: Lukas Zamora, Collin Adeagbe, Hannah Poole, Terry Barrow, and Justin Lambright.

Math scholarships available through the Patricia A. Fain scholarship endowment

Click here for the news article.

100 Years of Department Heads of Mathematics

Celebrating the centennial of Tarleton State University as a part of the Texas A&M University System, 1917-2017