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Join us for lectures by visiting faculty on a variety of mathematical subjects and current research problems. Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend colloquia, and full-time graduate students are required to do so. Do not be discouraged if you do not understand talks in their entirety; the important thing is to gain initial exposure to different areas of mathematics and their basic problems. 

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Hear from distinguished GW scholars about their latest work in a variety of fields. Students are strongly encouraged to attend seminars to gain inspiration for future research projects and to network with experts in their area of interest. Find upcoming colloquia listed on this page when scheduled, and visit the Past Events page to explore past events by topic.

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Coffee Hour

Since 2011, the weekly coffee hour has created opportunities for our faculty and students to meet regularly and interact with each other. It also serves as a platform for friends and guests to visit the department. We thank the Simons Foundation, whose collaborative grants have helped us to start the Coffee Hour. During the semester when campus is open, the coffee hour is held on Fridays from 2–3 p.m. or 3–4 p.m. in Phillips Hall 704/705.


Mathematics News

2021 Celebration Commencement: GW Math Department Virtual Graduation Celebration

2021 GW Math Department Virtual Celebration

Watch the Department of Mathematics' virtual celebration for our 2021 graduates.
Atticus Francken

GW Mathematics and Economics Alumnus Named Schwarzman Scholar

Atticus Francken, BS ’16, has been named to the prestigious graduate fellowship program in global affairs. The former economics and math major will complete the degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
GW undergraduates Logan Bartholomew (left), Christianne Chua and Maggie Steiner

Three GW Students Named Goldwater Scholars

The prestigious award highlights the work of undergraduate researchers who plan to pursue careers in the natural sciences, engineering or mathematics. Maggie Steiner, a junior majoring in applied mathematics with minors in biology and economics, has been working as an undergraduate research assistant for the past three years.
Three student teams won funding for their startups as top winners in GW’s 2019 New Venture Competition.

Combatting Plastic Waste, Fighting Food Insecurity, Sweetening Corporate Gifts

GW’s New Venture Competition awarded three student companies funding and other prizes as top winners in the 2019 competition. Junior mathematics major Manyung Emma Hon’s Plast-Ways, a startup that uses plastic-eating microbes to expand the life of landfills by reducing the lifetime of plastic from 1,000 years to about six weeks, won for the tech category.
Samsara Counts, a senior majoring in computer science and mathematics

Computer Science for Social Good

Samsara Counts, a senior majoring in computer science and mathematics, used deep learning methods to develop tools that help patients with eating disorders avoid triggering images online.
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Making Election Math Add Up

Can mathematics save our election system? Professors Daniel Ullman and E. Arthur Robinson forecast the pluses and minuses of how we count votes.
Sophomores Aleksandra Dagunts (left) and Margaret Steiner started the GW Undergraduate Review

GW Undergraduate Review to Highlight Student Research

A student group is launching a new academic journal for undergraduates to showcase research papers, led by applied mathematics major Margaret Steiner.
Senior math major Isabelle Berger is a board member for the GW Association for Women in Mathematics

Making Women + Math = Opportunities

Despite advances in women studying STEM fields, a gender gap still persists among mathematics degree-holders and job-seekers. Columbian College students and faculty are searching for formulas to solve the women and math equation.



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