Mathematics & Statistics Department

Department News

October 1, 2022 - Fall 2022 Math/Stats/CS Hike

Another beautiful day for a hike with Math/Stats/CS Reedies and faculty! Such a great tradition!!

A large group of students posing for a photo during a hike.

September 13, 2022 - Math-Stats Students featured in Reed Magazine - September, 2022

As part of their coursework with Prof. Hank Ibser [math], Reed students Wolfgang Brightenburg ’23Robin Hart ’23Bhav Khurana ’23, and Tina Qin ’23 found major methodological flaws in College Scorecard, a common online tool breaking down students’ annual income according to where they attended college. Read the article..

June 16, 2022 - Three Reed Statistics Students Take First Place in National Statistics Competition - June, 2022

A team of three Reedies, Robin Hart '23, Maxwell VanLandSchoot '22, and Sung Bum “Simon” Ahn ’23 recently won 1st place in the intermediate section of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE) sponsored Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (USPROC). Read the article..

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About the Department

Since antiquity, mathematics has been a cornerstone of the liberal arts. It serves as a model of clear reasoning and expression of thought, and its focus on the study of patterns and structures ensures its continued wide-ranging relevance.

Mathematics is the scaffolding of the physical sciences and has exciting new applications in areas such as information science, network theory, cryptography, biology, and theoretical and applied economics. Meanwhile, tools are being developed to solve some of the great long-standing problems of pure mathematics.

There are several paths through mathematics at Reed College. In addition to the major in pure mathematics, we offer a concentration in statistics. There is a standing interdisciplinary major in computer science-mathematics, and recently students have designed ad-hoc interdisciplinary majors such as mathematics-biology and mathematics-political science.

The mathematics and statistics department has a strong record of placing its graduates in highly selective Ph.D. programs in pure and applied mathematics, computer science and engineering, statistics and biostatistics, and related fields such as physics and economics. Graduates also pursue careers in the tech industry, finance, law, medicine, and architecture.

Mathematics majors have the opportunity to conduct summer research projects with faculty, attend conferences and present papers, and participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Many students from the department have enrolled in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics program in Hungary or the Mathematics in Moscow program in Russia.