About Our Department

The Mathematics and Statistics Department at Missouri S&T is comprised of both teaching and research faculty, with research interests covering a wide range of areas in both pure and applied mathematics and statistics. One particularly active group in the department is the Applied and Computational Mathematics group, which fosters close collaborations with engineering, material science, business, computer science and biology at MST. Many of our faculty are funded by external grants from National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Department of Energy, Simons Foundation and others. In addition to strong research across many disciplines, our department regularly develops new courses related to active and emerging research topics.

Our undergraduate program offers the degree of Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, with a wide range of emphasis areas including actuarial science, algebra/discrete mathematics, applied analysis, computational mathematics, secondary education, and statistics. Our graduates go on to work in industry, education, or to pursue advanced degrees. We also offer a Grad Track Pathway in mathematics and statistics, which provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to earn credit towards an Applied Mathematics M.S. degree while completing their Applied Mathematics B.S. degree.

Students all across campus can expect to take one or more mathematics courses at S&T, even if they are not majoring in mathematics. In fact, most students take two or more years of mathematics. We take pride in our carefully designed placement program, which aims to make sure that students begin their mathematics sequence in the appropriate course. Thanks to innovative programs such as the Success for Calculus program, our student success rate in calculus is the envy of most mathematics departments nationwide, where failure rates of 50 percent or more in calculus are cause for much concern.

Our graduate program offers a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics with emphasis in statistics, with or without thesis; a Master of Science for teachers; a Doctor of Philosophy with emphasis areas in mathematics, computational and applied mathematics, and statistics; and graduate certificates in actuarial science and statistics. Our students go on to pursue opportunities in industry, education, and academia. Most of our PhD students receive financial aid in the form of either a graduate teaching assistantship or a graduate research assistantship.

The Mathematics and Statistics Department has established itself as an important part of the Missouri S&T campus as a whole, producing strong undergraduate and graduate students; providing core mathematics education for students across campus; and producing important research in mathematics and statistics, including interdisciplinary work connected to many other groups on campus.

2023 Holiday Letter

Kummer Endowed Professor Search

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Missouri University of Science and Technology invites applications for a Kummer Endowed Full or Associate Professorship, with an anticipated start date of August 2025. The department seeks an excellent scholar with a mathematical or statistical research focus in data science, including machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other data-driven research areas. Additional information can be found at here and mathjobs.


Two S&T math faculty members are recognized as 2024 top scientists in the field of mathematics

Drs. Martin Bohner and Xiaoming Wang have been recognized as the Best Scientists in the field of Mathematics for 2024 by Research.com. Dr. Bohner is ranked 416th globally and 225th in the United States, with a D-index of 61. Dr. Wang is ranked 1821st globally, with a D-index of 40. These rankings are based on the D-index (Discipline H-index) metric, which considers only papers and citation values within the examined discipline.

Math and Stat Department held pre-Pi Day celebration with poster competition

The Mathematics and Statistics Department hosted a pre-Pi day celebration on Friday, March 8th in the Meramec-Gasconade room in Havener Center. This year's Pi Day coincided with spring recess and hence this pre-Pi Day event. Dr. Xiaoming Wang (Havener Endowed Chair) gave an “Introduction to Pi” talk and there were many Pi related activities organized by the Foundation for Undergraduate Mathematicians.  The winners of the poster competition are:

  • 1st Place: Christopher Hogan (advisor Dr. Jason Murphy), Title: “Transmission of fast solitons for the NLS with an external potential."
  • 2nd Place: Yumeng Wang (advisor Dr. Yanzhi Zhang). Title: “Parametric model order reduction with convolutional neural network”

The event was supported by the Gary Havener Endowment.

Samantha Thompson receives the 2024 Dwilewicz award

The annual Roman Dwilewicz Excellence in Mathematics Award is presented to an undergraduate senior majoring in mathematics with the highest major GPA and most advanced classes chosen as electives.  This year’s winner, Samantha Thompson, will graduate in May 2024 with a double-major in Applied Mathematics and Physics.  Samantha's current GPA is an impressive 3.898, and her advisor is Professor Runnion. In addition to the certificate, Samantha will receive a $500 check, generously funded by Dr. Dwilewicz’s widow.