The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching in mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. Guided by the mission of Portland State University and by the principles of disciplinary excellence and cross-disciplinary engagement, we are particularly committed to building expertise and providing leadership in such areas as applied and computational mathematics and statistics and mathematics education.
PSU is funding three of our faculty to develop an open source textbook on introductory mathematical analysis. Beatriz Lafferriere and Gerardo Lafferriere are being funded by a Faculty Enhancement Grant while Mau Nam Nguyen is being funded through the library. 06/22/16
The 2016 Oregon Invitational Math Tournament (OIMT) for high school students statewide was held at PSU on May 14th. Top students in the categories of Geometry, Algebra 2, Open 1 (through pre-calculus), Open 2 (through calculus), and Team Competition received an award. Participating students qualified through the regional mathematics tournaments or through the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). 05/16/2016
Noah Walton, undergraduate math major, scored 24 points on the 2015-6 National Putnam Exam Competition, the highest achieved at PSU in over 40 years. Professor Caughman trains our Putnam team and administers the exam at PSU. 4/7/2016
Kyle Oddson, undergraduate math major, won the PME award for best presentation at the 2016 NUMS meetings. His talk, "Math and Sudoku: Exploring Sudoku boards through graph theory, group theory, and combinatorics," was based on research supervised by John Caughman, Mathematics and Statistics faculty. 4/7/2016
Dr. Margorie “Marj” Enneking, Mathematics Professor Emerita, passed away on March 13 after a brief illness. Marj came to PSU in 1968, after receiving her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Washington State University. She taught at Portland State for 35 years, championing mathematics education in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. During her tenure at Portland State she was an NSF program director, an MAA governor, and was active in a number of other professional organizations. Her many contributions to the Department and the University were recognized when she was awarded the Hoffmann Award for Faculty Excellence in 1987, an award that commends contributions in instruction, university service, and scholarship with particular dedication to students.
To honor Marj, the family is creating an endowed scholarship in Mathematics Education, the first mathematics education scholarship at Portland State. Contributions should be made through PSU Foundation, referencing Margorie Enneking. 03/25/2016