Mathematics Department

Department News

Math-Stats Major Named Goldwater Scholar
Simon Couch ’21 earns national recognition for promise in science and math. Read the full article.

Reed College Student Research, Internships, and Creative Opportunities Showcase
Reed undergraduate Zeki Kazan discusses research to privatize statistical analyses. Watch video.

2019 Spring USRESP Results
Teams tied for 2nd place at the Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition. Read full article.

Students Find Glaring Discrepancy in US News Rankings
Study reveals the steep penalty that the rankings giant imposes on Reed. Read the Reed Magazine article and the USA Today article.

The Privacy Puzzle
Reedies win 1st place in national competition for innovative new privacy algorithm. Read full 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 are standing interdisciplinary majors in computer science-mathematicsmathematics-physics and mathematics-economics, and recently students have designed ad-hoc interdisciplinary majors such as mathematics-biology and mathematics-anthropology.

The mathematics 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 have also entered professional careers such as 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 and AIT programs in Hungary or the Mathematics in Moscow program in Russia.