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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

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.

Meet Our Graduates

Every semester our program sees a number of our students off to graduation. Our graduates range from undergraduate to graduate degrees. Many go on to have successful careers and we're proud of the work they do. We believe they show the range of career possibilities for those with an interest in Mathematics. 

Degrees

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, Announcements, and Events

Dr. Kathy Smith Authors New Resource Book for Teachers

Dr. Kathy Smith, and coauthors Molly Weinburgh and Cecilia Silva, are pleased to announce the publication of their new book “Supporting Emergent Multilingual Learners in Science Grades 7-12,” published by the National Science Teachers Association, ISBN: 978-1-68140-481-3. The book is a resource for teachers facing the challenge of working with students who need to learn both STEM content and English. It combines science, math, and language teaching strategies with down-to-earth help for emergent multilingual learners using the 5R Instructional Model: Replace, Reveal, Repeat, Reposition, and Reload. The book lays out the need for a special teaching approach and moves from theory to practice, ending with examples from actual classrooms. Congratulations to Dr. Smith and her colleagues in creating this valuable and useful resource.

Tarleton Study Abroad students holding Tarleton flag

Math Students Study Abroad in London, July 16 - August 6, 2019

If it's Tuesday this must be London. The class in Math History taught by Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry and Dr. Kathy Smith will be visiting numerous museums and points of interest in London and the United Kingdom. These include the Tower of London, St. Paul's, the London Eye, Westminster Abby, the British Science Museum, and Hampton Court. There will be side trips to Bletchley Park (codebreakers in World War II worked here), Paris, Greenwich (want to stand at 0 degrees longitude?), Oxford, Cambridge, Stonehenge, Bath (Roman era city), Edinburgh, and Loch Ness (extra points for spotting Nessie).

Keep checking on this great experience at the Tarleton Mathematics Department Facebook page.

Group photo at scholarship ceremony

John Garner Memorial Mathematics Scholarship Established May 17, 2019

Tarleton State University is pleased to announce the establishment of the John Garner Memorial Mathematics Scholarship. John Garner was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tarleton. He taught and served with dedication for 30 years. He touched the lives of many students and faculty, and was well respected by all. Some of his students went on to complete doctorate degrees and teach mathematics. The announcement ceremony hosted at the Trogdon house, was attended by family, faculty, and friends.

Tarleton College of Science and Technology Hosts CanSat 2019 June 14-16

International and United States teams met for CanSat 2019, held again this year at Tarleton State University. Forty teams, including international teams from Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, South Korea, Mexico, Poland, and Turkey, along with United States teams from as far away as Hawaii participated in the competition. Faculty and staff from the College of Science and Technology assisted, and Steve Merwin of the Mathematics Department served as event coordinator.

See this Press Release for the Tarleton News and Information article.

For event pictures, see this article in The Flash Today.

You can find the list of teams, more photos, and videos at the Mathematics Department Facebook page.

Tarleton Team Travels to Hico for Rocket Launch Day May 17, 2019

Math Department Instructor Steve Merwin, Masters graduate Tu Nguyen, and student Michael Osei went to Hico on May 17, 2019, for Rocket Launch Day, sponsored by the Hico Science club. They brought their robot and demonstrated its mechanical hand. They also brought their eight-foot rocket for the students to see. For more information and pictures, see the Hico Science Club web page article.

Tarleton Robotics Team

(From the top left) Math Faculty Steve Merwin, CS Graduate Chris Dryssen, Graduate Data Mining Student Bishwas Ghimire, CS Undergraduate Student Michel Osei, Graduate Data Mining Student Tu Nguyen

Tarleton Robotics Team News

The TSU Robotics Team is working on software development to have the rover autonomously complete tasks based on camera and GPS data. Future endeavors include using the rover for graduate problem based course work, robotics competitions, and National Science Foundation National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots grant submissions.

Those Amazing Graduates: May 10, 2019

Congratulations to our Mathematics graduates! Earning a Master of Science degree and graduating in the May 10, 2019, ceremony were

Clayton E. Boone
Hanna G. Grant
Tu Anh Nguyen
Pedro Romero
Edward Landreth Smith
Jurgen Xhafaj

These graduates were also recognized by the Mathematics Department in a special hooding ceremony, hosted by Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry and attended by faculty, family, and friends.

Earning a Bachelor of Science Degree were

Zachary Dayne Carlton
Aser Garcia
Sabrina Faith Hetzel, magna cum laude
Casey Renee Sutton, cum laude
Maria Susana Tovar, summa cum laude

Best wishes to all our graduates! For pictures, check our Facebook page.

Tarleton Math Day 2019 Held May 2, 2019

Students and faculty gave presentations in the areas of Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Engineering, and Biology at TSU Math Day 2019. Special judges for the student presentations were:

Dr. Karen R. Murray: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. Charlie Stenholm: 13-time United States congressman
Dr. Mark Morvant: Associate Vice President of Academic Administration
Dr. Javier Garza: Vice President for Enrollment Management
Dr. James Pierce: Dean of the College of Science and Technology
Mr Dwain Mayfield: Retired Vice President of Program Development at Lockheed Martin

Thirteen student research teams competed in the student competition portion of Math Day 2019. The students were judged in 4 categories: Written Abstract, Table Presentation, Oral Speed Presentation, People’s Choice. Prize money was donated to the top three teams by Bill and Winnie Wyatt.

First Place
Hakiem Grant, Jaryd Domine, Wyatt Young
N-body Adaptive Optimization of Lattice Towers

Second Place
Abigail Ballard, Shey Andrews
Parameter Estimation and Simulation of Bacteriophages Infection Model

Third Place
Preston Ward, Susy Tovar, Diana Dinh-Andrus, Tyra Buchanan
Math V Gerrymandering

Next, the Mathematics Department awarded plaques to the following individuals:

Department of Mathematics’ outstanding undergraduate
Maria (Susy) Tovar

Department of Mathematics’ Pam Littleton outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
Edward Smith

Department of Mathematics’ Timothy L. Flinn Faculty Excellence award
Beth Riggs

Pictures from Math Day 2019 may be seen at the Department Facebook Page.

Dr. Scott Cook Receives Award at College of Science and Technology Awards and Showcase

On April 18, 2019, the College of Science and Technology held its annual Awards and Showcase. The event featured faculty award presentations, student research showcase awards, and staff appreciation gifts. Dr. Scott Cook of the Mathematics Department received the Faculty Excellence in Student Success Award for his work in mentoring students and working with the Tarleton Math Club. At conferences this academic year, Tarleton math students have given 29 talks, made 15 poster presentations, and received six awards. Congratulations to Dr. Cook and the students!

Dr. Keith Emmert Promoted to Professor of Mathematics

Congratulations to Dr. Keith Emmert on his promotion, announced April 11, 2019, to full professor. Dr. Emmert has served as President of the Faculty Senate, 2016-2018, and is currently serving on the Presidential Search Committee.

Student Worker Position Available

The Mathematics department is looking to hire an enthusiastic and self-motivated student worker for an office aide position in our main office. You will work closely with the Mathematics faculty and staff to ensure a smooth and successful semester. 
Fill out the application.

Service Day March 21, 2019

Tarleton Math Department student and faculty groups went to Chamberlin Elementary School in Stephenville and to Lakeside Baptist Academy in Granbury to work with students in mathematics activities. These activities included subtraction and addition with cards, and creating figures with tangrams. Here are some pictures from a day of learning and fun. 

Math and Psychology Professors Receive Grant

Dr. Scott Cook of the Mathematics Department and Dr. Thomas Faulkenberry of the Department of Psychological Sciences have been awarded a grant to lead the summer Computational Mathematics Program at Tarleton. This article in Tarleton Media Relations contains the press release from February 27, 2019, and further information about their upcoming work with minority undergraduate students.

Putnam Competition Results

On December 1, 2018, Tarleton State fielded its first team for the William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition. Team members were Jaryd Domine, Sabrina Hetzel, Nicholas Petela, and Preston Ward under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Cook and Dr. Tom Faulkenberry. The Putnam Competition is "widely considered to be the most prestigious university-level mathematics competition in the world and its difficulty is such that the median score is often zero (out of 120) despite being attempted by students specializing in mathematics." [Wikipedia article]

Jaryd Domine and Preston Ward earned positive scores and placed in the 53rd percentile nationally. This placed the Tarleton team in the 43rd percentile nationally, an outstanding result, given the legendary difficulty of the exam. Please join us in congratulating these four intrepid students.

Conferences 2018-19

Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) July 10-12, 2019

This year's hottest math conference, in terms of temperature and attendance, is the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, held in San Antonio. Tarleton faculty attending this year's conference were Dr. Kathy Smith, Michael Warren, Joseph McMahan, Colleen Seaman, Dr. Beth Riggs, Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, Imelda Salinas, and Diane Casey. Presentations were given by


Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry "Find the Gold in the Golden Ratio"
Michael Warren "Teacher Noticing for Preservice Teachers in a Summer Field Experience (AMTE-TX)"

Tarleton students attending were Kierah Caldwell, Vasiliki Martinez, Payton Costlow, Alexzandria Hart, Jordan McCain, and Austin Alexander.

Learn more about CAMT 2019 here and on the Tarleton Mathematics Department Facebook page.

 

MAA Texas Section Meeting March 28-30, 2019

The 99th Annual Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Texas Section was held March 28-30, 2019, and hosted by Tarleton State University. Highlights of the meeting included keynote addresses by Dr. Ed Burger, President of Southwestern University, and by Dr. Eli Luberoff, CEO of Desmos. There was a Math vs. Gerrymandering Workshop, and a Math Bowl competition for teams from around the state. For more information, see the Tarleton Conference Web Site.

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry served as this year's Local Arrangements Chair. Mr. Michael Warren served as Student Activities Chair, and led the Math Bowl competition on Thursday evening.

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry received the Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award.

Dr. Bryant Wyatt, MAA Texas Section Distinguished Teacher 2018, presented an invited address "Thor onto Democritus: A Topological Isomorphism on Atoms and the Void."

Recognitions for best presentations went to the following Tarleton Students:

  • Nicholas Petela, Jaryd Domine; advisor Dr. Scott Cook, "A toy Problem and its Twisted Solution"
  • Hakiem Grant, Wyatt Young, Jaryd Domine; advisor Dr. Bryant Wyatt, "N-body Adaptive Optimization of Lattice Towers"
  • David Kiker, Shey Andrews, Michaela Aguirre; advisors Dr. Dustin Edwards, Dr. Keith Emmert, "Parameter Estimation and Simulation of Bacteriophage Infection Model"

ICTCM 2019 March 14-17, 2019

The 31st International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics was held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Attending, Dr. John Gresham; attending and presenting papers were faculty members Dr. Scott Cook, Dr. Bryant Wyatt, Dr. Peter White, Dr. Chris Cox, and graduate student Tu Nguyen. Tarleton State University Department of Mathematics had the largest number of registrants from any university or community college.

Texas Academy of Science March 1-2, 2019

The Tarleton State University Math Club, led by Dr. Scott Cook and Dr. Bryant Wyatt, took three students to present talks at the Texas Academy of Science Conference March 1-2, 2019, held at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. 

Dr. Bryant Wyatt presented "Creating a Heliocentric Lunar Forming Impact Model."

Preston Ward won 1st place in the Mathematics & Computer Science section, presenting "Math vs. Gerrymandering."

Wyatt Young took 1st place in the Physics and Engineering section, presenting "Evolutionary Algorithm Optimization of Lattice Towers."

Research Council on Mathematics Learning February 28-March 2, 2019

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, Dr. Kathy Smith, and graduate teaching assistant Hannah Grant attended the 46th annual conference of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 28-March 2, 2019.  Ms. Grant and Dr. Faulkenberry presented their research on "The Impact of Reflection on Developmental Mathematics Students." RCML is a national organization that is a professional community of researchers in mathematics education who value collaboration and interdisciplinary research interests that seek to understand or influence factors that affect mathematics learning.

Texas/Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium February 23, 2019

The Tarleton State University Math Club took 10 students to present 5 research talks at the Texas/Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium February 23, 2019, at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. They also took 3rd place in the Math Jeopardy. They made us proud! Thanks the Office of Research and Innovation and the College of Science and Technology for funding this event.  View a photo of the conference attendees.

Joint AMS/MAA Mathematics Meeting January 16-19, 2019

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry and Dr. Scott Cook attended the Joint AMS/MAA Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, MD, January 16-19, 2019. They joined over 5800 other mathematicians from around the world in what has become the largest annual mathematics conference.

students & faculty at conference

Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Faculty from the Tarleton State University accompanied students to the Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference held in Nacogdoches, Texas, at Stephen F. Austin University, November 2-3, 2018. Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, Dr. Christopher Cox, Dr. Jesse Crawford, and Dr. Bryant Wyatt accompanied 25 undergraduate students to the conference where 10 students presented their research.

Tarleton Math Majors Win Pathways Award

Math majors Preston Ward and Maria (Suzy) Tovar won 1st place at the 2018 TAMUS Pathways to Research conference in the Social Science and Humanities undergraduate category for their talk "Math v. Gerrymandering" on Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods to fight gerrymandering.

This is the group's second consecutive first place. They won 1st place at Pathways 2017 in the Mathematics undergraduate category for their poster "Transit Time Compactness." This new technique measures compactness of political districts via average travel times within the district.

The group is led by Dr. Scott Cook of the Tarleton Dept. of Mathematics and also includes Casey Sutton, Diana Dinh-Andrus, Peter Hayes, Mary Barker, Joseph Brown, Dr. Rob Muth, and Dr. Anne Egelston.

Thanks to Dr. Moon Duchin and the Tufts/Harvard/MIT Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group for allowing Preston Ward and Mary Barker to participate in their Voting Rights Data Institute in Boston, MA in summer 2018.