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2016 Fariborz Maseeh Lecture in Mathematical Sciences

2016 Fariborz Maseeh Lecture in Mathematical Sciences
The Algebra of Connectivity: coding and networks. Thursday, May 5th at 5:45PM in the Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 327/28/29.

OIMT 2016

OIMT 2016
PSU is hosting the Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament for high school students. Register by May 1st.

Brittany Erickson is "shaking up" applied mathematics

Brittany Erickson is "shaking up" applied mathematics
Assistant Professor Brittany Erickson brings to Portland State expertise in the development of high-order accurate, provably stable numerical methods and their applications in Earth Science.

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.

Departmental News

Jess Millar, MS Statistics student, was awarded a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for $34,000 per year. 4/11/2016

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

The 2016 Cascade RAIN Meet was held at Washington State University’s Vancouver campus on April 9, 2016. This continues the conference series that our department started jointly with Oregon State University.   03/11/2016

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced in a news release today that Portland State University is among the 96 academic institutions selected to receive research instrumentation awards. These awards are the result of a merit competition jointly conducted by the three DoD research offices: the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The winning proposal’s principal investigator is Panayot Vassilevski and co-investigator is Jay Gopalakrishnan. Once the award is made, the investigators will work on acquiring further resources for computational science research at PSU.    03/04/2016

Dr. Steven Boyce received a $250K grant from the Oregon Department of Education as part of the Math in Real Life project. The Math in Real Life project supports the expansion of collaborative networks in the Portland Metro Region to provide an environment of innovation in math teaching and learning. Partners include Portland State University, Portland Metro STEM Partnership, Portland Community College, Oregon State University, Worksystems Incorporated, Portland Workforce Alliance, and Impact Northwest. This grant will provide professional development focused on applied mathematics to middle school and high school math teachers in Beaverton, Forest Park, Hillsboro, Parkrose, and Portland Public school districts.  02/18/2016

The department is pleased to announce its selection as the host university of the Western Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in Spring 2018. Information regarding the meeting registration, lodging, and transportation details will appear shortly. Faculty of regional institutions interested in organizing special sessions, student presentations, and nominations for invited speakers are encouraged to contact Steve Bleiler ( or Mau Nam Nguyen ( for further information. 02/05/2016

The 2016 Oregon Invitational Math Tournament (OIMT) for high school students statewide will be held at PSU on May 14. Top students in the categories of Geometry, Algebra 2, Open 1 (through pre-calculus), Open 2 (through calculus), Team Competition receive an award.   Students who want to compete must qualify through the regional mathematics tournaments or through the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). For more information visit their contest site at    02/03/2016