Mathematics & Computer Science
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.
Department Awards and Scholarships Given
Congratulations to our winners of awards and scholarships in 2012-13. The Badger-Magnifico Award was split between Jeff Anway and Chris Thatcher. The John R. Clark Award was split between Candice Barefoot and Matt Jobrack. The Merry Lewis Allen Scholarship was split between Deborah Bray, Nyjah Grant, and Heather Wilson. The Hull Mathematics Scholarship was given to Will Hollingsworth. The James C. Gussett Scholarship was given to Ryan Fleming-Dahl. The Albert W. and Mary N. Joynes Scholarship was given to Joe Gills.
Two professors named Outstanding First Year Student Advocates
The class of 2016 recently voted Dr. Bill Abrams and Dr. Thomas Wears as among those who are Outstanding First Year Student Advocates. Overseen by the Office of First Year Experience & Family Programs, the award recognizes faculty an students as an avenue to publicly acknowledge the consistent dedication and contributions of our colleagues and students to the success of our new class.
Computer Science major is ACAC student of the month
Congratulations to Nishant Kanitkar, named the Academic & Career Advising Center's April student of the month. For more information, please visit the ACAC's web page.
Longwood Putnam team in the top 100
Congratulations to the Longwood Putnam team, whose score of 29 placed them 91st out of the 578 teams that competed nationwide.
Two professors promoted
Congratulations to faculty members Dr. M. Leigh Lunsford, promoted to Professor of Mathematics, and to Dr. Robert Marmorstein, tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of Computer Science.
Assessment research in mathematics presented
Dr. Leigh Lunsford and Dr. Phillip Poplin participated in Longwood's Assessment Conference this year. All presentations were recorded and are available for all to see. Drs. Lunsford and Poplin presented their findings on using assessment to improve student success in Math 171. Their work was partially supported by a Longwood Assessment Mini-Grant Award.
Computer Science student awarded grant
Kyle Sachs, a sophomore computer science major, recently won a grant from the Virginia Academy of Sciences to conduct research on wireless networks with Dr. Robert Marmorstein. Their poster presentation, "Low Cost Devices for Improving Wireless Reception: An Analysis of Performance Degradation over a Wireless Network," was one of five proposals selected from a field of almost thirty at the VAS Undergraduate Research Meeting. The grant will be used to purchase equipment for carrying out their research on improving the wireless reception using boosters made from materials such as aluminum foil and wire mesh. The Virginia Academy of Sciences was founded in 1923 and promotes research in all branches of science. In addition to providing research grants, they publish a scientific journal, and recognize outstanding scholarship.
Mathematics educator awarded mini-grant
Dr. Leah Shilling-Traina, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, was awarded (along with six other math educators across the country) a CSMC (Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum) Mini-Grant to fund meetings of a Research Group (RG). The focus of this RG is a comparison of teacher selection and use of written curriculum materials in CCSSM (Common Core State Standards of Mathematics) adopting and non-adopting states, with a goal of a grant proposal to study the topic further.
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).
2013-14 Schedule: TBA
Problem of the Month
STATUS: NEXT PROBLEM: AUGUST 2013.
SSSRD April 24, 2013
The department honored its award winners and graduating seniors at the Senior Sendoff and Student Recognition Dinner at 202 Bar & Grill.
Colloquium April 16, 2013
The department hosted Dr. Camillia Smith Barnes (Sweet Briar College), who presented the talk "The Evolution of Euler Characteristic (& Why There Are Five Platonic Solids!)."
Fractal Art Display
The department is currently 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.