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Welcome to FSU Mathematics

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics at Florida State University, home to researchers, educators, students and a supporting staff that strive for excellence in mathematics. The cutting-edge research of our faculty and students covers a broad spectrum of pure and applied mathematics, creating a vibrant scientific atmosphere in the department.


Faculty Profile: Kyle Gallivan

When Professor Kyle Gallivan finally landed in FSU's math department in 2008, he felt right away that he had ended up in the right place. After more than a decade at Florida State working in computer science, he had a choice to make, a luxury he's grateful for as he looks back. "I took a look and said, 'maybe the math department is the right place,' and I was very, very lucky that the department agreed. I'm very happy that that happened."


Faculty Profile: Ibrahim Ekren

How do we measure our time here on Earth? By the amount of money we can make in a year? By our perfect score on a difficult exam? Or is it the people we meet that are more important and their advice more life-changing than any number we can compute? For Ibrahim Ekren, Ph.D., it is the latter. He can pinpoint the three biggest influences in his career and even remains in contact with some of them to this day. Though his skill and life-long interest in mathematics guides his daily life, it is the people he meets along the way that truly leave an impression.


Mariel Vazquez Alumni Profile

Mariel Vazquez, who earned her Ph.D. in math at FSU, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for her research. She applies pure math to the biological mysteries of DNA, studying its entanglement as it packs tightly into living cells. Born and raised in Mexico City, Vazquez became fascinated with math and biology in high school. "I found pure mathematics to be absolutely beautiful but I didn't know how I could apply it to biology," Vazquez said. That changed when she became an undergraduate at the National Autono- mous University of Mexico and attended a series of talks about DNA topology - the application of knot theory to the study of DNA.


Alumni Profile: Caroline Maher-Boulis, Associate Professor at Lee University

Caroline Maher-Boulis got her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Florida State University in Spring 2004, under the direction of Professor Wolfgang Heil. Her first job was as Assistant Professor at Lee University, where she continues today as an Associate Professor.


FSU Undergraduate Mathematical Society

The Florida State University Math Society was first organized in the spring semester of 2012, after then-junior Jaclyn Adelson and senior Johnny Petit renewed interest in the long- dormant math club. In the fall semester of 2012, the FSU Math Society became a Recognized Student Organization dedicated to uniting the mathematics community of Florida State University.