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:



Department of Mathematics
Aquinas Hall, Room 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

Wednesday, April 18th: Department Year-End Pizza Party, Junior Award Ceremony, and Presentation on "Baseball Scheduling"

Come join us for the department's annual year-end pizza party where we say goodbye to our graduating seniors and wish them a bright future. The party is taking place this Wednesday, April 18th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM in Aquinas Hall, Room 116. Additional events include:

  • announcing the winner of the Euphemia Lofton Haynes Award for Outstanding Mathematics Junior, and
  • a presentation on "Baseball Scheduling" by our invited speaker Thomas Marge, which will begin at 3:30 PM.

Information about the presentation: The JHU Scheduling Group applies combinatorial optimization to create tailor-made game schedules that have been adopted over the past several years by many of the leagues in the Minor League Baseball system. Schedules are obtained through binary integer linear programming, and such solutions utilize a 160-core supercomputer. Indeed, the scheduling task is very difficult because of many general and league-specific constraints that create a setting akin to a twenty-dimensional Sudoku problem. Scheduling a league by hand has previously taken about a month, and resulted in suboptimal schedules. Our solutions take hours or days to run, while also affording leagues more control over the final schedule.

Speaker's biography:Thomas Marge is graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and a second major in Mathematics. He will also receive his M.S.E. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. His work focuses on Optimization, Combinatorics, and Graph Theory, with applications ranging from graphical domination to Wind Farm Optimization. He will be starting his PhD at Cambridge University next October.

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

  • Daniel J O’Hagan is the 2018 recipient of the E. J. Finan Memorial Award in Mathematics.

  • Theresa Abela and Matthew Menture was awarded the 2018 Euphemia Lofton Haynes Award for Outstanding Mathematics Junior.

  • 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.

  • 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.