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Mathematics

Mathematics majors at Reed receive rigorous foundational training, allowing subsequent pursuit of research in mathematics or an exploration of applications in other areas, including statistics, physics, economics, biology, and computer science.

There are several paths through mathematics at Reed. In addition to the major in pure mathematics, Reed offers a concentration in statistics. There is also a standing interdisciplinary major in mathematics-computer science, and students may design ad hoc interdisciplinary majors, like mathematicsbiology, mathematics-physics, and mathematics-political science.

Majors have the opportunity to conduct summer research projects with faculty at Reed and elsewhere, attend conferences and present papers, and participate in study abroad.

Mathematics majors at Reed have won numerous high-profile awards, including National Science Foundation Fellowships, the Goldwater Award, and the Fulbright. The mathematics department has a strong record of placing graduates in highly selective PhD programs in pure and applied mathematics, computer science and engineering, statistics and biostatistics, and related fields, such as physics and economics. Many graduates also pursue careers in the tech industry, finance, law, medicine, and architecture.

“Majoring in math at Reed has helped me gain an understanding of the theories behind mathematics, the ability to communicate ideas through rigorous proofs, and the advancement of all knowledge regarding mathematics. Math professors offer opportunities for clarification and deeper discussion through one-on-one meetings as well as applications through guided summer research projects.”SARAH MAEBIUS ’21

Professor profile

Professor Angélica Osorno

Algebraic Topology and Category Theory
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Associate professor of mathematics Angélica Osorno joined Reed College as a faculty member in 2013. She was excited to join a community of scholars (both students and faculty) who are primarily interested in learning and understanding. The rigorous approach to teaching mathematics at Reed, one that emphasizes explanations rather than memorization, is particularly appealing to Angélica. “I’ve always enjoyed the problem solving aspect of mathematics, and this is what we emphasize here at Reed.”

Angélica’s research area is algebraic topology and category theory. She is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed research publications, several of which are coauthored with undergraduate Reed students. Her research has been recognized with invitations to speak at national and international conferences and with funding from the National Science Foundation. The latter is partially used to sponsor the Collaborative Mathematics Research Group at Reed, a summer research experience run jointly by Angélica and Associate Professor of Mathematics Kyle Ormsby.

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Opportunities & Resources

Summer Fellowships
Math majors can apply for funding for their research and academic pursuits via a variety of college-sponsored awards. One of these awards is the Emmy Noether Memorial Fellowship, which supports research conducted with a faculty member.

Math Talks
Reed’s mathematics department hosts weekly seminars to explore new research and ideas, and Reed students, faculty, alumni, and visitors are invited to share their work.

Recent examples:

  • “The Birds and the Bees: The Industrialization of Agriculture” Carly Rozins, Assistant Professor, York University
  • “Fairness and Loss: the Promise and Peril of Data Science” Andrew Bray, Associate Teaching Professor, UC Berkeley
  • “Bialgebras in Topology” Manuel Rivera, Assistant Professor, Purdue University
  • “Data Tripper: Distinguishing Authorship of Beatles Songs through Statistical Modeling” Mark Glickman, Senior Lecturer, Harvard University 

Study Abroad

Semester in Budapest
Math majors may spend a semester in Budapest, Hungary, and study with eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers who are members of Eötvös Loránd University.

Self-Designed Programs
Students can work with the international programs office to design a math-focused semester abroad in a number of different countries.

What Do Alumni Do?

Data Scientist
USDA Forest Service
Grayson White ’21

PhD Student, Mathematics
University of Pennsylvania
Maxine Calle ’20

Software Developer
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Collin Guo ’20

Intermodal Logistics Specialist
Bay & Bay Transportation
Kaitlyn Hepp ’20

PhD Student, Statistical Sciences
Duke University
Zeki Kazan ’20

Quality Assurance Automation Engineer
Apple
Tristan Wylde-LaRue ’19

Data Engineer
Nike
Aurora Owens ’17

Professor of Mathematics
Howard University
Sam Hopkins ’13