Mathematics & Statistics

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics is a teaching- and research-oriented department that offers graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) and undergraduate degrees in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Information about our department, courses, faculty and students can be found using the menu links on the right.

Degrees and Programs

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Interested in our Ph.D., M.S., or undergraduate degree offerings? Visit our Degree Programs page to learn more.

Student Resources

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News & Announcements

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Two UNR students awarded 1st prize at 2019 Intermountain Math Competition

Nikita Ignatiuk and Jason Liu received 1st prize with perfect scores at the 2019 Intermountain Math Competition.  Additional UNR participants Eryl Kenner, Sophie Liu, Daniel Mallory, Stuart McElhany, and Lucas Tapia also received very good scores, resulting in an average score of 37.14 for UNR - the highest of the 6 participating universities.  The UNR team is organized by faculty members Birant Ramazan and Valentin Deaconu.

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Dr. Swatee Naik to hold Q&A session on NSF funding opportunities

Dr. Swatee Naik, NSF Math Program Director and Math Professor Emeritus of UNR, will hold a Q&A session on NSF funding opportunities at 2:30-3:45pm on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in the Orvis Building (OB) room 203.

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Dr. Emmy Murphy awarded 2020 New Horizons Prize

Dr. Emmy Murphy, a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics at Northwestern University and a UNR COS Alum and math major, who won the 2015 COS Young Alumni of the Year Award, has just been named one of the six awardees of the 2020 New Horizons Prize, one of several honors to be presented at this year's "Oscars of Science."  More details are available at the link below.

New Horizons Prize

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UNR student SIAM chapter recognized

The UNR Student Chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is now recognized by the global organization, and will be holding an opening meeting on December 5th.  The meeting will include a talk by Dr. Marylesa Howard, applied mathematician and supervisor at the Nevada National Security Site.

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UNR math major receives Fall 2019 Westfall Scholar award

Jacob Kingsley, a math major at UNR, has been designated a Westfall Scholar for Fall 2019.  Jacob is mentored by UNR Department of Mathematics and Statistics faculty member Dr. Anna Panorska.

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Three Graduate Students receive Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship

Three Mathematics and Statistics graduate students have received Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarships for Fall 2019:


Patricia Milham- Mathematics PHD student (Advisor - Chris Rogers)
Ilaria Vinci - Statistics and Data Science PHD student (Advisor - Anna Panorska)
Ryan Wu - Statistics and Data Science MS student (Advisor - Mihye Ahn)

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Dr. Rogers selected to be a Research Member at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

Dr. Chris Rogers has been selected to be a Research Member at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, CA during the Spring 2020 semester.  Dr. Rogers will be in residence at MSRI with full financial support throughout February and March 2020 in order to participate in the research program "Higher Categories and Categorification".  More information about the research program is available at the link below.

Higher Categories and Categorification

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Groupoidfest 2019

The 2019 Groupoidfest conference will take place on November 9th and 10th at the University of Nevada, Reno.  More information can be found on the conference webpage.

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Dr. Hurtado awarded NSF grant

Dr. Paul Hurtado has been awarded an NSF grant for his research project "Novel trophic interactions determined by phytochemistry, pathogen infection, and parasitoids."  This is a collaborative research project invovling the Department of Biology and the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences at UNR.  The award amount is $496,646 and the funding period is from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2024.  Part of the grant will be used to support graduate students.

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Dr. Jabuka awarded NSF grant

Professor Slaven Jabuka has been awarded an NSF grant for his research project "The Nonorientable Ribbon Conjecture, and Gordian Unknotting Number."  The award amount is $278,513 and the funding period is from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022.  Dr. Jabuka is the sole PI and part of the grant is to be used to support graduate students as Research Assistants.

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Department welcomes new faculty in 2019

We are pleased to welcome two new faculty members in Fall 2019.  Dr. Hojin Yang, Assistant Professor in Statistics, and Dr. Mehmet Gumus, Teaching Assistant Professor.

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Statistics research project conducted by UNR students wins national recognition

UNR math students Omar Kamal (second from right) and Hanao Li (first from right) have won 3rd place in the Undergraduate Research Project Competition (USRESP)  for their research "Predicting Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Mortality".  Their project was supervised by Dr. Mihye Ahn (Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. So Young Ryu (Community Health Sciences).

Charlie Nazemian

Charlie Nazemian wins Gene LeMay Teaching Award

UNR Department of Mathematics and Statistics faculty member Charlie Nazemian is the recipient of the 2019 Gene LeMay Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Science.

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UNR math major admitted to Summer Institute at Univ. of Michigan

Franklin Fuchs, UNR mathematics major with statistics specialization, has been admitted to attend the Big Data Summer Institute at the University of Michigan with stipend support.  Franklin is mentored by Prof. Anna Panorska.

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UNR math major wins Nevada Undergraduate Research Award

Zach Kellar, UNR mathematics major with statistics specialization, has received a Nevada Undergraduate Research Award!  He is working on baseball statistics.  Zach is mentored by Anna Panorska (Mathematics and Statistics) and Brandon Lee Koch (Community Health Sciences).

Deena Schmidt

Dr. Schmidt wins Distinguished Faculty Award

Professor Deena Schmidt wins the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award from the UNR Honors Program. Congratulations to Deena!

Contact Us

Contact Department of Mathematics & Statistics (0084)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557


Phone (775) 784-6773

Fax (775) 784-6378

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