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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

The National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) is based on a national random sample of ap-proximately 3000 crop workers, and has been conducted annually since 1989. It employs a com-plex multi-stage sampling scheme that involves stratified, cluster, PPS (probabilities proportional to size), and simple random sampling at the various stages. For the U.S. Department of Labor, NAWS is the primary source of information on crop worker demographics. For more than 20 years, Profs. Steve Reder (Applied Linguistics) and Bob Fountain (Mathematics and Statistics) have received funding through JBS International to work on the survey. During that time, more than $1,000,000 has been directed to PSU to support their work and the work of several gradu-ate students.
Recently, there has been considerable attention paid to the condition of farm workers during the COVID-19 crisis. This PDF is a list of media links that mention the NAWS.


Cascade RAIN Meeting, originally scheduled to be held at Corvallis, will be held virtually on April 4, 2020:


A new set of officers have taken over the leadership of the SIAM Student Chapter at PSU and are planning various upcoming activities.  The new officers are  Robyn Reid (president),  David Lovitz (vice president), Taiyo Terada (secretary)  and Logan Fox (treasurer).

PSU and University of Texas were awarded an AFOSR grant titled “Simulation of High Power Optical Amplifiers” for $750K. Work on this grant at PSU is directed by professor & Maseeh Distinguished Chair Jay Gopalakrishnan and will extend through 2022.

Archived News 2019

Archived News 2018

Archived News 2017

Archived News 2016