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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

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.

Majors win awards at MAA sectional meeting
Congratulations to Joe Gills and Alexandra Jolly for their awards at the 2015 Spring Sectional meeting of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Joe won first place in the undergraduate poster competition, and Alex won third place in the undergraduate presentation competition. Joe's research, "A Structured Approach to Finding Surfaces of Mean Curvature Zero," was advised by Dr. Tom Wears, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.  Alex's research, "Geometry and Billiards," was advised by Dr. David Shoenthal, Associate Professor of Mathematics, for whom this was his last sectional meeting as Section Chair.  Also in attendance were student Sabrina Walker and faculty Drs. Jackie Hall, Phillip Poplin, and Wendy Smith.





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).

3 September: Using Quantitative Analysis to Improve Social and Economic Outcomes

Alice J. Brooks
Economist with the Export Import Bank of the United States



Problem of the Month

September 2015 Problem

Problem Status: DUE 28-SEPT.

Previous problems


Recent Events

Colloquium April 9, 2015

Dr. Dave Taylor (Roanoke College) closed the 2014-15 colloquium series by discussing Mathematics in Board Games: Making Better Decisions.

Colloquium April 2, 2015

Dr. Paul Hemler (Hampden-Sydney College) discussed ERG and ERL at HSC as the seventh colloquium of the 2014-15 academic year.


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.