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Mathematics & Computer Science

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We offer courses in computer science, mathematics, and mathematics education.  Our students major in mathematics or computer science, and our mathematics education program is nationally recognized by NCATE.

Our faculty scholars are engaged in excellent teaching, mentoring, and advising within a student-oriented department.


Featured News

Professor published
Dr. Leigh Lunsford has had her article "Slide-and-Divide: Using a Slick Trick to Dive into Deeper Mathematics" published in the MathAMATYC Educator (Volume 7, Number 1), September 2015.

Sabrina Walker at SUMS 2015

Undergraduate wins poster prize at conference
Sabrina Walker was recognized for her work at the SUMS (Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) Conference on September 26, 2015.  Her poster Lorenztian Geometries on Finite Dimensional Lie Algebras was named one of the best at the conference; it summarized her PRISM research with Dr. Tom Wears.  Deborah Bray, Nikki Marzolf, and Heather Switzer also attended the conference, along with faculty Dr. Poplin, Dr. Shoenthal, and Dr. Wears.

Cole Award winnerPoplin Cole Award
Congratulations to Dr. Phillip Poplin, Associate Professor of Mathematics, who was awarded the Cole Award for Undergraduate Research.  The Cole Award is given to a tenured faculty member in the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrates a sustained record of mentoring undergraduate research.

Department Newsletter
Have you been wondering what's happening with the department recently?  Our Spring 2015 newsletter will hopefully resolve some of that.  We're hoping this newsletter becomes an (at least) annual event.

New department scholarship to begin in 2016-17
In honor of Dr. Robert Webber’s illustrious career at Longwood University, Longwood University and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are proud to announce the creation of the Robert P. Webber Scholarship. This scholarship is intended for an incoming freshman of high academic merit majoring in mathematics or computer science. The scholarship will begin to be awarded during the 2016-17 academic year.  Gifts to this scholarship should be made payable to the Longwood University Foundation (201 High Street; Farmville, VA 23909) or online (https://give.longwood.edu/pages/give.htm). Donors should notate "Webber Honor Scholarship" in the memo section of a check or in the Tribute Information section online. Gifts to the Longwood University Foundation are tax deductible.


Colloquium Series

All colloquia are from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Ruffner 356.  Be sure to join us for a social before the colloquium starting at 3:30 in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department lounge (Ruffner 300A).

28 January: The Beauty of Analytic Functions

Katie Quertermous
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
James Madison University


Problem of the Month

February 2016 Problem

Problem Status: DUE FEB 25.

Previous problems


Recent Events

Colloquium November 17, 2015

Dr. Ray Brasow discussed Large Banks and Empirical Modeling:  The Brave New World of Bank Regulation.

Colloquium October 15, 2015

Dr. Heather Moon discussed An Insight into the world of threat detection.


Fractal Art Display


The department is displaying several pieces of artwork by Longwood alumna Judith Moffitt (1977). These digital pigment prints are part of the Virginia Artists Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts and were a gift of the artist in memory of Benoit Mandelbrot. The photos on this site are by Taylor Dabney.