Mathematics Department

Department News

Data Visualization Contest
The Reed Stats and CS departments recently hosted a data visualization contest where students formed groups to create their own graphics using US colleges data. Four winners were selected: Gillian McGinnis winning “Most Visually Appealing”, the Mlabbies (Simon Couch, Leila Shokat, Josh Yamamoto, and Ingrid Zoll) winning “Most Informative”, Amrita Sawhney and Simon Ahn with “Best Presentation”, and finally, the Dashing Devils (Alex Flowers, Isabelle Caldwell, Olek Wojcik, Lauren Rabe) taking home “Best Overall”. Everyone’s beautiful visualizations can be found here.

Reed Students Place in a National Stats Project Competition
Two Reed teams placed in the Spring 2020 Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition.  Olek Wojcik, Paul Nguyen, and Samuel Olson (otherwise known as the Tree Amigos) were awarded second place for their project entitled "A Comparison of Forest Estimations: Post-Stratification and Generalized Regression Estimators".  Naomi Boss and Timothy Shinners received third place for their project entitled "Vote by Mail: A study on the effects of voting by mail on election turnout in Utah".  To learn more about their projects, visit the competition website

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.