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Associate Professor Jo Hardin explains what makes the Mathematics major at Pomona College special.

Student Passions

I transferred to Pomona to study applied math. I thought that would be the most relevant thing, the most interesting thing.... But pretty soon after I got here, the faculty got me interested in pure math.
--Bob Lutz


Department News

  • Learning Communities in Mathematics (LiCMATH)
    November 13, 2014

    The Pomona College Mathematics Department has established Learning Communities in Mathematics (LiCMATH, pronounced 'Like Math') to provide an honors-level experience to well-prepared students in Calculus I and II. Every year we invite a diverse group of incoming students to apply to the program.

  • Winners of the Undergraduate Statistics Research Project CompetitionWinners of the Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition
    November 7, 2014

    What do Emily Proulx '16, Timothy Kaye '15, Daniel Metz '16 and David Khatami '16 have in common?  Together they wrote the winning paper in a statistics research competition (Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition) titled, "Quantifying and comparing centrality measures for network individuals as applied to the Enron corpus", on network analysis of the Enron email corpus.  Their work was published in the SIAM undergraduate research journal.  The work was completed as part of the spring 2014 Research Circle advised by Profs. Jo Hardin and Ghassan Sarkis.  For a more complete story see the Pomona College News

  • What is the Greatest Job in the World?What is the Greatest Job in the World?
    October 5, 2014

    According to Will Leer, math major from 2007 and Pro-Miler, the greatest job in the world is running.  If you've ever wondered what the life of an elite runner is like, check out Will's interview in the October 2014 issue of Track and Field News.    As always, we follow hiss career from afar with the Pomona College News keeping us up-to-date.   

  • A New Millikan for a New Era in Science and MathA New Millikan for a New Era in Science and Math
    June 10, 2014

    Hanging above the entrance to the Robert A. Millikan Laboratory is a sculpture of a simplified atom, its electrons circling the perfectly round nucleus in neatly defined orbits. Even in 1958, when the building was first opened as part of the Seaver science complex, scientists at Pomona had a far more nuanced view of subatomic structure, but in the more than five decades since then, a universe of new knowledge has opened up.

  • Dr. Rad receives NSF grantDr. Rad receives NSF grant
    May 12, 2014

    Dr. Rad, Co-Director of EDGE, announces that Morehouse & Pomona Colleges have received an $880,000 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation.  The three-year grant will support the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program.  For more information, please see the article in Pomona News.

For more than 2,000 years, mathematics has been fundamental in a liberal education; in modern times, it has become the language of the natural sciences and a powerful tool in the social sciences. The mathematics curriculum at Pomona College is as well-suited to the student who wants a liberal arts introduction to mathematical thought as it is to the social or natural scientist who needs technical expertise in mathematical, statistical and computational methods. The Mathematics Major provides a broad and comprehensive offering of courses in all the mathematical sciences, including probability, statistics and operations research, as well as in the traditional areas of pure and applied mathematics. Pomona joins with the other Claremont Colleges in offering its students courses from some 60 faculty mathematicians. Programs range from the usual B.A. to a combined B.A.-M.A. program offered jointly with Claremont Graduate University to the Claremont Graduate University Ph.D. program in pure and applied mathematics. Brochures describing all mathematics courses in Claremont are available either from the Mathematics Department or the Office of Admissions. The department also offers a minor.



Gabriel ChandlerAssociate Professor of Mathematics (909) 607-1033
Vin de SilvaAssociate Professor of Mathematics (909) 607-8656
Erica FlapanLingurn H. Burkhead Professor of Mathematics (909) 621-8711
Dash FryerPostdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics (909) 621-8918
Stephan GarciaAssociate Professor of Mathematics (909) 607-8648
Sandy GrabinerJoseph N. Fiske Professor of Mathematics (909) 621-8707
Jo HardinAssociate Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair (909) 607-8717
Gizem KaraaliAssociate Professor of Mathematics (909) 607-8650
Jeremy PecharichVisiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics (909) 621-8716
Ami RadunskayaProfessor of Mathematics (909) 621-8715
Adolfo RumbosProfessor of Mathematics (909) 621-8713
Ghassan SarkisAssociate Professor of Mathematics (909) 621-8717
Shahriar ShahriariWilliam Polk Russell Professor of Mathematics (909) 621-8714
Blerta ShtyllaAssistant Professor of Mathematics (909) 621-8712
Randall SwiftLecturer of Mathematics (909) 621-8409
Emeriti Faculty
Richard ElderkinProfessor of Mathematics and Environmental Analysis
Kathy SheldonAcademic Coordinator (909) 621-8409
Student Liaisons
Sheridan Grant '15
Sallie Walecka '15
Paula Burkhardt '16
Cristina Lopez '16
Dylan Quantz '16
Ziv Epstein '17
Adam He '17
Ruby  Kim '17
Yenny Zhang '17

Mailing AddressPomona College, Mathematics, 640 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

Phone(909) 621-8409

Fax(909) 607-1247

Campus LocationSeeley G Mudd Science Library