Howard University

Dr. Bourama Toni, Chair
Howard University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Mathematics
204 Academic Support Building B
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-6830


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StatFest 2016 held at Howard University

In the fall of 2016, StatFest was hosted at Howard University. StatFest is a one day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students from historically under-represented groups to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences. The local organizing committee consists of Drs. Paul Bezandry, Monica Jackson, Crepin Mahop and Ahmed Mohamed and is led by Talitha Washington. StatFest is a program of the American Statistical Association. Read more here

Permutation Patterns 2016 held at Howard University

The 14th International Conference on Permutation Patterns (PP 2016) was held at Howard University on June 27 – July 1, 2016. Permutation Patterns is an annual week-long combinatorial conference bringing together researchers from around the world, whose research is related to permutation patterns. It has been traditionally welcoming to graduate and undergraduate students, early career faculty, and faculty from primarily undergraduate institutions. PP 2016 has been partially supported by an NSF conference grant of $20,000. Learn more about PP 2016 here

Mathematics senior Andrea Ekey participates in Broad Institute REU

During summer 2014, Howard mathematics senior Andrea Ekey participated in an REU at Broad Institute's Summer Research Program in Genomics (SRPG). While there, she investigated functional relationships between small-molecule compounds using a catalogue of gene-expression data known as the Connectivity Map. Read a more elaborate description of her project here

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CMaPS Program to provide $617,000 in scholarships for undergraduates.

Howard University's departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics have been awarded an NSF grant for scholarships for undergraduates through NSF's Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CMaPS) program. Principal investigators for the grant are Professors Dennis Davenport, Talitha Washington, and Daniel Williams of the Mathematics Department and Professor Marcus Alfred of the Physics Department. The project provides approximately 18 scholarships for first-year or second-year students majoring in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. Each department will provide 5 scholarships the first year, 2 to first-year students and 3 to sophomores. The amount of the scholarships is $8,692/year.
Read more about CMaPS here

Professor Gurski Receives NSF Grant For Magnetohydrodynamics Algorithmic Research

Dr. Katharine Gurski, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, has won a 36-month NSF award in the amount 0f $273,146 to support her collaborative research on Developing Mathematical Algorithms for Adaptive, Geodesic Mesh MHD use in Astrophysics and Space Physics. The NSF grant will also support a PhD mathematics student at Howard University.

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Mathematics Department Shares in Phillips 66 Grant

The Mathematics Department has received a $5000 ($2000 scholarship and $3000 book scholarship) gift from Phillips 66. This gift is part of a $50,000 gift to Howard University from Phillips 66. During this academic year the department has received gifts and donations totaling $17,000.

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Professor Mahmood Receives NSF Grant For 5-Day Research Symposium

Professor Mohammad F. Mahmood has received a grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a five-day research symposium June 10-15, 2014. Symposium lectures will cover topics concerning both the theoretical basis for transformation optics designs, such as cloaks, field rotators and electromagnetic wormholes, and some of the issues which arise in trying to physically realize them. Devices designed using transformation optics and implemented using metamaterials have the potential to radically change the way that technology manipulates waves, whether they are electromagnetic, acoustic, thermal or other waves. Areas to be discussed include:

  • How do we see the world, and what is invisibility?
  • Different types of wave propagation, the equations that govern them, and how they transform under changes of variables.
  • Ideal cloaking for electro-and thermal statics, for scalar optics and acoustics, and for electromagnetic waves.
  • Approximate cloaking.
  • Resonances as both difficulties and opportunities.

In addition to the main lectures given by Prof. Allan Greenleaf, other invited speakers will discuss other approaches to cloaking and numerical methods, including a lecture on the view from the physics community given by Prof. Ulf Leonhardt of the Weizmann Institute.

For registration and other information, go to CBMS Conference

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Professor Mahmood Receives Department of Defense Research Grant

Department of Mathematics Professor Mohammad F. Mahmood, Ph.D., has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study energetic materials under extreme conditions of high pressure and high temperature. The research project, "Fast Chemical Dynamics of Energetic Materials at High Pressures and Temperatures Studied by Ultrafast Laser Techniques," is funded by a $400,062 grant from the Defense Department's Army Research Office. The grant period runs from 2013 to 2016. Professor Mahmood received a grant in the same field in 2009. "Knowledge of behavior of materials under extreme pressures and temperatures is fundamental for many fields of science," Mahmood said. "This information is also important for technology and for national security as it allows predictions of material behavior under relevant conditions." Professor Mahmood is also a visiting scientist at Carnegie Institution of Washington where he collaborates with other researchers at the institute's well-established high-pressure physics laboratory as well as with scientists at the Army Research Laboratory. His work includes projects that are of interest to the Defense Department and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Howard Undergraduates present posters at Joint Meetings of MAA-AMS

Three Mathematics Department undergraduate students gave poster talks at the Joint Meetings of the Mathematics Association of America and American Mathematical Society held January 2013 in San Diego, California. Kerisha Burke gave a presentation on "Exploring Graphs of Triangulated N-gons, Lauren Prince gave a presentation on "Specific Attraction Methods", and I. Mahop's talk was on "Reliability of an Electric Power Grid". All three students had participated in research projects for undergraduates during the summer of 2012.

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Mathematics Department wins GAANN grant

The U. S. Department of Education has approved a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant proposal for funding for three years with Dr. Toka Diagana, Director of the Graduate Program of the Department of Mathematics, as the Principal Investigator. Thanks to Professor Diagana, the Mathematics Department will be receiving four fellowships yearly for three years. Each fellowship consists of a generous stipend of up to $30,000 per calendar year plus educational expenses (full tuition, fees, professional travel, and some supplies). The total amount of money for the grant is $653,376. The GAANN program provides grants to academic departments and programs of institutions of higher education to support graduate fellowships for students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study at the institution.

Interested students can find more about applying for a GAANN grant at GAANN application information

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Professor Gurski awarded Simons grant

Dr. Katharine Gurski, Assistant Professor of the Department of Mathematics, has won a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grants Award. The goal of the Collaboration Grants Award is to support the "mathematical marketplace" by substantially increasing collaborative contacts in the community of mathematicians working in the United States. The grant will be $7,000 per year for five years, commencing September 1, 2012 and ending August 31, 2017. The foundation will award $5,000 per year for collaboration, travel and research expenses, plus $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee's department to enhance the research atmosphere within the department. The Simons Foundation will also pay $1,000 per year in indirect costs to the awardee's institution.

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