The Catholic University of America


Mathematics is the language of science and plays an essential role in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, and many other areas. Most importantly, it teaches us how to reason and think critically.

The Department of Mathematics strives to be a place where students can enjoy mathematics and learn to do it well. Our courses and degree programs prepare students for careers in both academia and industry. The current program offerings are:



Mathematics Department
Aquinas Hall 116
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20064

Phone: (202) 319 - 5221
Fax: (202) 319 - 5231
Email :
Chair: Dr. Kiran R. Bhutani
Academic Coordinator: Dr. Vijay Sookdeo
Undergraduate Adviser: Joshua Himmelsbach

Academic Specialist: Patricia Bertollini


Screening of "The Man Who Knew Infinity"

Date/time Tuesday 3/20, 5pm-8pm
Location: McDonald Lounge

Free Indian food from Masala's Story

As part of International Week, the Department of Mathematics and the Faculty-in-Residence program are proud to present a screening of the film "The Man Who Knew Infinity" (2015, starring Dev Patel) a biographical drama about the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. There will be a short presentation about Ramanujan, followed by the film, and then discussion afterward. Indian food will be served.

In his short life (1877-1920), Ramanujan proved a staggering number of ground-breaking results in number theory and mathematical analysis. He had a super-human ability to recognize patterns. But Ramanujan's story is perhaps just as interesting as his mathematics: He had no formal training, and was "discovered" by the British mathematician G.H. Hardy thanks to snail mail correspondence. Ramanujan was also deeply religious, and believed that an equation has no meaning "unless it expresses a thought of God."

Come join us!

Applied Math in Action! Summer Program

Please click on the icon below to find out more about our new mathematics summer program for high school and pre-college students.


REU's, STEM Scholarships, and Other Career Opportunities in Mathematics

We encourage students to apply for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) summer programs in mathematics. These programs offer a stipend, housing, and travel funds, and provide an excellent opportunity for students to get exposure to mathematical research. For the current list of REU offering, see the American Mathematics Society's AMS website .

The Society of Actuaries website provides useful information for students wanting to know more about what actuaries do, what the actuarial exams are, and how to obtain and apply for actuarial internships/jobs.

Affordable College Online provides useful and in-depth information about obtaining scholarships/financial in STEM fields, and about opportunities for women in STEM fields.

Please click HERE for additional information/resources for career opportunities in mathematics.


Weekly Seminar

Our Seminar in Functional Analysis and Related Areas takes place each Wednesday from 4:45 PM to 6:30 PM in Aquinas 108. Past speakers have given presentations in a variety of areas in mathematics, physics, and computer science. If you are interested in speaking at out seminar, please contact Professor Alexander Levin (

Please click HERE for the current seminar.


News and Announcements

  • Dr. Prasad Senesi is an organizer for the upcoming conference on "Interactions of quantum affine algebras with cluster algebras, current algebras and categorification" that will take place at CUA from June 2 to June 8, 2018. Please click HERE for more information and to register.

  • The department would like to announce the creation of the Euphemia Lofton Haynes Award for Outstanding Mathematics Junior. This award will be given each year to top-performing mathematics major.

  • In 2017, Dr. Alexander Levin was awarded three-years National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to continue his productive research in Difference Algebra.

  • We would like to congratulate our academic specialist Patricia Bertollini for receiving the 2017 Administrative Professional Excellence Award from Provost Abela.