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2015 Announcements

All are welcome at Eric Woyna's M.S. Presentation on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 4:30-5:30pm in room BBH 112.  His topic is "Hypothesis testing and Scheffe comparison: Examples for a High School Classroom."

The Mathematics Department has received information on two job opportunities at Portland Community College.  Graduate Mathematics alumni may wish to apply. 

Learn about graduate school and the process of getting a Ph.D. in the Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics.  Attend a panel discussion with Northwestern graduate students on Tuesday, November 24th from 3-4pm in room BBH 111.

The Departments of Mathematics and Economics are pleased to invite you to a seminar
presented by Dr. Marek Bryx, Warsaw School of Economics
"Mortgage Land Associations in Comparison with Mortgage Banks"
The seminar will be held on
Thursday, October 8, 2015
3:00-4:00 PM
in BBH 111
All are welcome. See you there!

The M.S Comprehensive Final Examination in Mathematics is scheduled for Friday December 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm in Room BBH 222. Candidates who intend to do the examination should contact either:
Prof. Gwanyama,  or 773-442-5781
Prof. Hibdon,  or 773-442-5782

Also scheduled will be Problem Solving Sessions/Reviews as follows:
Friday, 11/13/2015 at 2:30 pm - 5:30 p.m.
Friday 11/20/2015 at 2:30 pm - 5:30 p.m.

Please contact Dr. Gwanyama and let him know if you are interested in the problem solving sessions. 

Save the dates for these Mathematics Department events. 
1. October 1st Dr. Daniel Fleisher from the Weizmann Institute on Science in Rehovot Israel will speak on 'Vertex, Algebras and Solitons.' from 3-4pm in BBH 11.

2.  The Mathematics Department will hold an Open House for all students, faculty, staff and high school students and their families on Thursday October 29, 2015 from 12:30-4pm in BBH 123.  Refreshments will be served.

3. The 7th Math Modeling Workshop will be held on December 11th & 12th - all day Friday and half day Satuday

Posted 9/18/15
Statfest 2015 will be held on September 26, 2015 at the University of Chicago.   Undergraduate students are encourage to attend.

StatFest is a one day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences. The conference is an ongoing initiative of the American Statistical Association through its Committee on Minorities in Statistics. The conference includes presentations from established professionals, academic leaders, and current graduate students that will help attendees understand the opportunities and routes for success in the field. Panel forums include information and tips for a rewarding graduate student experience, achieving success as an academic statistician, opportunities in the private and government arenas, among other topics.

Posted 8/20/15
Reminder for all students! Review your “Student Detail Schedule” in the “Registration Tools” channel on NEIUport directly before class to ensure that you are correctly registered for all of your classes. Pay attention to the days, times, and locations for each of your classes. If you still need to register for Mathematics courses, plan to attend the first day of class and request permission from your instructor to enter. Course prerequisites must also be met.

Posted 8/7/15
Congratulations and best wishes to all EMERGE students who just completed an intensive three week session!  Read a message from Dr. Cordell summarizing their achievement.   

Posted 7/15/15
Math 151 'Bridge Course in Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers' is now available on NEIUport for Fall 2015 registration.  The CRN# is 11838.

Posted 7/2/15
Dr. Izabela Pruchnicka-Grabias has graciously allowed us to post her technical paper, " Results of examinations on hedge fund efficiency.  Traditional versus maximum drawdown measures."

Posted 5/18/15
Join us for presentations by Dr. Izabela Pruchnicka-Grabias from the Warsaw School of Economics.

  • May 19, 2015 "Exotic options in coporate risk Management
    12-1:30pm room BBH 113
  • May 21, 2015 "Hedge funds as alternative investments"
    12-1:30pm, room BBH 113

    All NEIU students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend

Posted 5/11/15
Congratulations to our Spring 2015 Mathematics Graduates!

Nicholas Allen, Jenna Asta, Christopher Castro, Michael Crisanti, Joshua Einbinder, Michael Endo, Margarita Guerrero, Brian Hanus, Palak Joshi, Ricardo Juarez, Carolyn Kasprowicz, Robert Lisiecki, Manuel Menez, Colin Mitchell, Omar Orellana, Dominique Rand, Saraie Rodriguez, Alejandro Sanchez, Elena Stoyanova, Angelina Myers, Michael Endo, Carolyn Kasprowicz, Robert Lisiecki, Manuel Menez and Saraie Rodriguez.

The commencement ceremony is today at 4pm in the UIC pavillion.  Tickets are no longer available to attend, but the ceremony will be streamed live.

Posted 5/7/15
Join us on Tuesday May 26th at 10a.m. in room BBH 112 when M.S. candidate Patrick Quaid presents his thesis defense of "Southpaw Advantage Model for MMA"   All are welcome.

Posted 5/7/15

We are happy to have visiting Northeastern Illinois University, Izabela Pruchnicka-Grabias, PhD, Associate Professor from the Warsaw School of Economics.  She will be visiting until the end of June.  A short bio is available here.

Posted 4/27/15
The Sacnas Chapters of Chicago have organized a symposium that will involve both speakers and workshops about professional development. The symposium is scheduled for May 9th is free but registration is required by May 1st.  This event is a good opportunity to network and also to present your research.  Here is a flyer with more information

Posted 4/22/15
The Center for Science Engagement at NEIU will host a GRE preparaton course in June.  It is free and open to any current NEIU students and alumni who are interested in preparing for the GRE. This year's course will be one month of intensive preparation.

-Every student must submit an application to participate in the course.
-Spots are limited, so please apply ASAP. 

Class will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, June 1st- June 24th.
Math, M/W 9:30 am -11:30 am; Verbal, M/W 12 pm - 2 pm.
ELIGIBILITY:  Applicants must be NEIU students or alumni.
HOW TO APPLY:  All interested students must fill out and submit an application form in order to be selected to participate in the GREPreparation Class.

Please read and follow all directions on the application form. Submit the completed form to Dr. Paloma Vargas, Life Science Advisor, BBH 235. Applications may be submitted via email or as a hard copy.

Applicants will be informed of their ability to participate in the class by May 8, 2015.
Contact Dr. Paloma Vargas with any questions at:

Posted 4/14/15
Come support M.S. Candidate Angelian Myers as she presents; 'A Mixed Integer Linear Program to Aid in Weight Loss While Minimising Deviations from Patient Food Preferences.'
Date: April 27, 2015
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room: BBH 112
All are welcome.

Posted 4/13/15
Graduate Students!  The twelfth annual Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Camp will be held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, June 16-19, 2015.   The registration deadline of May 1st is soon.  Contact Prof. Hibdon,, with any questions.

Posted 3/25/15
Attention new Fall 2015 Freshmen!  Emerge from your summer with a boost in confidence to handle college Mathematics and English. 

The English & Math Enrichment, Readiness and Growth Experience (EMERGE) Summer Program at Northeastern Illinois University will hold two sessions this summer.  

The English session will meet June 29th to July 16th and Mathematics from July 20th to August 6th.  The program is free so register soon!  

Posted 3/9/15

Whet your appetite for the π Day of the Century! 

Pi(e)  and  Performance

5 minute “tabletop performances” for audiences of one. Each performance includes a free piece of pie!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Village Square
12-6 pm

Email to reserve your spot. Walk-ins also welcome!       
Sponsored by CMT and  the  Math  Department

Posted 3/5/15
All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a presentation by Shan Wang, candidate for Assistant Professor, Mathematics, on Monday March 9th from 2-3pm in room BBH 228.

Posted 2/27/15
All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a presentation by Dr. Ugar Tunclay Alparslan, candidate for Assistant Professor of Mathematics on Tuesday March 2, 2105.  3-4pm Room BBH 113

Posted 2/25/15
An organization, "Frog Tutoring" is hiring part time tutors.  If interested, check out this opportunity at

Posted 2/18/15
Save the date!  Our sixth Math Modeling Workshop will be held May 1st and 2nd at NEIU's main campus.  Details to follow.

Posted 2/11/15
We received news that the Addison Trail High School Math Department is seeking a certified math teacher who is fluent in Spanish. The position starts February 23, 2015 and goes through the end of the school year. If you can fill this need please contact Jason Bugajsky, Math Department Chair at Addison Trail High School.
jbugajsky at

Posted 1/29/15
A variety of scholarships are available from AfterCollege

Posted 1/29/15
Summer Research Program at the University of Nebraska. Now is the time to apply for summer opportunities!

Posted 1/29/15
Summer Research Program at Arizonia State University.  Application deadline January 31, 2015

Posted 1/29/15
We received the following info about teaching opportunities at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL.  They are seeking four long-term substitutes in Mathematics for this Spring.  
Although working in a long-term substitute position does not guarantee a subsequent full-time job, it is an excellent opportunity for a candidate to showcase his/her skills in instruction, teaming with colleagues, etc.
Questions and expressions of interest may be sent to Mr. Darshan Jain, Director of Mathematics  djain  (at) Applications may be completed at

Posted 1/15/15
Graduate Students!
There is a graduate assistantships available for a currently enrolled graduate student to be a math tutor for the spring term. Contact Michalina Maliszewska, Coordinator of Graduate Student Activities for more information. 773-442-6014

Posted 12/18/14
Attention Education Students!  Math 151-1 is now available on NEIUport for registration.  It will be scheduled for TR 10:50-12:05pm in room BBH 233.

Posted 12/17/14
The last day course permission form requests will be processed- for Math 100-level and above courses - this year is 12:00pm on Thursday December 18, 2014.  The department will make every effort to process, forms received before this time.                                                                                                        
Students may continue to submit authorization request but if your course permission form is not processed before the term begins, please plan on attending the first day of class and request permission from the instructor to enroll.  In addition to the instructor’s permission, course prerequisites must be met, etc.

Posted 12/2/14
A new section of Math 185 is ready on NEIUport for enrollment.  Math 185-4 will meet TR 5:05-6:55pm. The CRN# is 23753.

Posted 11/5/14
Dr Lidia Filus, Chair of Mathematics, The Council of Educators in Polonia and Northeastern Illinois University invite all facutly, staff, students and the public to the 17th Annual Polish-American Heritage Celebration on Friday November 14, 2014, 6:30-9pm in the Student Union, Alumni Hall at Northeastern Illinois University.  RSVP by Nov. 9, 2014 847-840-8605  or Emailing

Posted 11/3/14
Education students who need Math 151 should fill out and submit a Math Department course permission form as soon as possible.  This form is available outside the Math Department offices BBH 214B & C  and can also be found under 'Quick Links" on the department's main page

Posted 10/15/14
A Job Fair will be held on October 16, 2014 from 12-3pm in Alumni Hall.   There is no fee and registration is not required.  Students, alumni and the general public are invited to attend.  

Posted 10/8/14
The M.S. Comprehensive Exam will be offered December 12, 2014 at 4p.m. in BBH 222.  Problem solving sessions will be held on November 14th and 21st from 3-6pm with the location to be determined. 

Questions?  Call 773-442-5781.

Posted 10/7/14
Save the Date!  Math Modeling Workshop #5 will be held on
Friday December 12th and Saturday December 13th, 2014
from 9am-5pm in room FA 108.  Details to follow.

Posted 9/25/14
The Mathematics Department will be holding an Open House on Tuesday October 14th from 1-5pm in BBH 135. All Faculty, Staff and Students are welcome to drop in.  Come for the food... stay for conversation. 

Posted 8/12/14
Congratulations to the summer 2014 Emerge program students!  They worked hard and achieved higher levels in Mathematics in just three weeks.  Below is a message shared by Provost Helldobler.

We have the results from the Mathematics part of the EMERGE program.
We started with 80 students and ended with 79 retaking the math placement exam.  Of the 79 who took the exam, 58 moved up at least one level. Overall, we have a 73% success rate!  On average, students improved 1 1/4 levels. The number of students that increased 1 level, 2 levels, 3 levels, and 4 levels were the following:

·         Increased 1 level: 29 of 79 students moved up one level (37% moved up one level). 
         Increased 2 levels: 18 of 79 students moved up two levels (23% moved up two levels).
·         Increased 3 levels: 10 of 79 students moved up three levels (13% moved up three levels).
·         Increased 4 levels: 1 of 79 students moved up four levels (1% moved up four levels).

These results would not have been possible without our committed, hard-working, and passionate EMERGE staff. I would like to congratulate the following staff members for their excellent work! 
·         Program Coordinators: Dr. Katherine Bird, Dr. Joseph Hibdon, Stevan Ranney
·         Events Coordinator: Claudia Ortiz
·         Instructors: Angelina Myers, Bechir Amdouni, Joseph Loconte, Ruben Echevarria
·         Peer Leaders: Carolyn Kasprowicz, Diamond Whaley, Jose Landa, Mildred Crespo, Nic Allen, Margarita Kavouras, Irvin Garcia, Kalliopi Agoglossakis, Cynthia Smith
I join, Dr. Cordell in thanking each of the EMERGE math students for their commitment and hard work during our intense 3-week program. We are very proud of each participant and we wish each participant a successful fall semester!
I would also like to thank Dean Njogu for her leadership on this program.

Posted 7/25/14
Probelm Solving Sessions for the August 29, 2014 MS Comprehensive Final Examination in Mathematics have been scheduled for the following times.

Wednesday July 30, 2014 from 2-4pm.  Elementary Analysis (Single and Multivariable Calculus) & Linear Algebra
Thursday July 31, 2014 from 2-4pm.  Discrete Mathematics/Mathematics structures & Probablity and Statistics.

Students interested in these problem solving sessions should contact Prof. Gwanyama.  Those who would like to take the examination on August 29th must register with Prof. Gwanyama or Prof. Hibdon.

Posted 5/20/14
Congratulations to Maryam Khan, NEIU Mathematics alumnae, December 2013, who has been accepted into the Applied Math in the Life and Social Sciences Ph.D. program at Arizona State University.  Also, this summer she will be doing research as part of an internship at Argonne National Lab.  Great work!

Posted 5/19/14
There are a few spots left for the GRE preparation Class offered by the Student Center for Science Engagement.  The class will last for six weeks and is scheduled for Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3-5pm beginning on Tuesday, May 20th and ending on Friday, June 27th.  If you are interested, please come to the first class.  There will also be a short application to fill out. Further details are available in room BBH 207. 

Posted 4/28/14
Congratulations to Prof. Tanya Cofer, on her 2014 Teaching Professional and Research Professional Award!

Posted 4/17/14
The Mathematics Enrichment Workshop Program will host a 2-day final exam study session on April 30th and May 1st.  All students in the following math courses are welcome to attend, Math 173, 175, 185, 187, 202, 203 and Math 251.  Please view this flyer  for more information. 

Posted 4/16/14
Extra math tutoring will be available at the 'Long Night Against Procrastination" on Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 7-pm to midnight on the 4th floor of the Ronald Williams Library.  Free coffee and snacks!  This event is sponsored by the Center for Academic Writing and the Learning Support Center. 

Posted 4/16/14
Congratulations to Sarah Cordell, Assistant Professor Mathematics on being awarded a 2014-2015 COR grant.  Her proposal is entitled, " Underrepresented STEM Majors' Perspectives of Experiences Supporting their Mathematical Success"

Posted 4/3/14
We enjoyed having everyone at our Open House. Thank you for coming! We enjoyed good conversation and delicious perogi, donated by Kasia's and other wonderful refreshments, contributed by our faculty members.

Posted 3/24/214
Congratulations to the following Math Majors who made the Dean's List for Fall 2013. Laura Aman, Jenna Asta, Daniel Cairns, Derrick Edwards, Cesar Favela, Brian Hanus, Dimas Hinojosa, Amanda Hughes, Shana Kachaochana, Carolyn Kasprowicz, Margarita Kavouras, Michael Lau, Manuel Menez, Darin Mieszala, Vladan Miholjcic, Kevin Mulka, Bora Nam, Jovanni Olvera Barcenas, Jenna Palmer, Christopher Perez, Jared Scott, Pamela Sobolewski, Shelly Vallejo, and Katherine White. Posted 3/20/14

Our MA program 'Pedagagical Content Knowledge for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Math' is offering cutting-edge courses this summer. The courses are also open to graduate students not enrolled in the program. Read more...

Posted 3/19/14
Attention new Fall 2014 Freshmen! Emerge from your summer with a boost in confidence to handle college Mathematics and English.

The English & Math Enrichment, Readiness and Growth Experience (EMERGE) Summer Program at Northeastern Illinois University will hold two sessions this summer.

The English session will meet June 30th to July 17th and Mathematics from July 21st to August 7th. The program is free so register soon!

Click here for more information including eligibility requirements.

Posted 3/18/14
Everyone is welcome at the Mathematics Department Open House on Wednesday April 2, 2014 from 1-5pm in room BBH 135. Come talk with friends, speak with Math advisors and faculty members, and enjoy free refreshments.

Posted 3/14/14
Students are making plans to restart the Actuary Club. Contact Evan Carrison for more information.

Posted 3/14/14
Prof Gwanyama had an article entitled, "A note on the uniform step method and the composition theorem for magic squares," published in the International Journal of Mathematics and Computation. Vol 24, No. 3 (2014)

Posted 3/13/14
The M.S. Comprehensive Final Examination in Mathematics is scheduled for Friday May 2, 2014 at 4pm in froom BBH 222. Candidates who intend to do the examination may contact Prof. Gwanyama, or Prof. Hibdon, to reserve their spot.

Posted 3/11/14
Come celebrate Pi Day & the start of Spring Break on Friday March 14, 2014. From 9-9:50am there will be a Mathematical Music performance and from 12-2pm Mathematical Theatrical Performances. All will take place in the main entrance of Bernard Brommel Hall. Here is the event flier.

Posted 3/6/14
Save the date of Wednesday April 2nd from 1-5pm. Mathematics will be hosting a department open house in BBH 135 and all faculty, staff and students are invited.

Posted 3/6/14
Arabic speaking student with strong math background, who has taken Foundations of Geometry needed. If this sounds like you and you are willing to help a fellow student, please contact Prof. Katherine Bird,

Posted 3/5/14
Take some time and register for your summer and fall courses soon. Advance registration ends March 21st for both summer and fall.

Posted 2/24/14
Join us on March 11th from 3-4pm in the Pedroso Center for 'The Craftier Side of Math." Hear about how women have been using and excelling in Mathematics for decades and create beautiful scarves based on a one sided geometrical conundrum! "

This workshop is in honor of Pi Day and Herstory month and is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, the Center for Science Engagement and the Women's Resource Center.

Posted 2/13/14
Great Opportunity for Mathematics Graduate students! The 2nd Heidelberg laureate Forum will be held September 21-26, 2014 in Heidelberg, Germany 'The Forum connects highly talented young researchers (undergraduates, PhD candidate and post docs with the top scienctists in mathematics and computer science.' For more information and an application, please visit: The deadline for applications is March 3, 2014 12pm Eastern Time. Posted 2/13/14 The Mathematics Department is now accepting requests for course authorizations/prerequiste overrides for the summer 2014 term. Please submit your request on a course permission form. This form is available at the link above or can be obtained from outside the Mathematics Department office, BBH 214B. Advance Registration for summer begins March 24th.

Posted 2/7/14
Congratulations to Mathematics majors Jonathan Shaier and Christopher Castro who will be participating in an alternative spring break trip.

Jonathan Shaier will spend Spring Break In East St. Louis, at Hubbard House, an organization that provides housing, food and program support to the economically disadvantaged. The theme of the trip will revolve around food insecurity and homelessness.

Christopher Castro will travel to San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala to participate in Community Collaboration's Fair Trade Impact Exploration. Volunteers will work with fair trade farmers and artisans to explore the impact of fair trade policies and complete projects that benefit the communities.

Alternative Spring Break, ABS participants are chosen after a rigorous application process that includes an essay and group and individual interviews. They spend Spring Break outside of Chicago engaging civically and helping a local community.

Congratulations to Joonathan and Christopher for winning a place on the Alternative Spring Break Trips!

Posted 1/22/14
On Friday January 24, 2014 at 6:30pm Dr. Zada Johnson will host a personal statement writing workshop for students interested in applying for the DFI Graduate Fellowship. The workshop will take place in the Lower Level Conferencwe Center at Carruthers Center of Inner City Studies, 700 E Oakwood Blvd. , Chicago, IL

The Mathematics faculty encourages math graduate students to check out this fellowship opportunity.

For more information, please visit here.



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