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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)
    July 11, 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.

  • 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.

  • Mikey Dickerson '01 on the cover of Time MagazineMikey Dickerson '01 on the cover of Time Magazine
    March 16, 2014

    Mikey Dickerson '01 is profiled in the March 16, 2014 issue of Time Magazine. Believe it or not, 8 years ago Mikey was the system administrator for Computer Science and today he graces the cover of Time for his work repairing Read all about his journey.

  • Professor Shahriari receives MAA Teaching AwardProfessor Shahriari receives MAA Teaching Award
    March 10, 2014

    Professor Shahriar Shahriari has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Southern California-Nevada Section of the Mathematics Association of America Teaching Award. He will now be nominated for the national award, the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. You may recall that he also won the Wig Award last May, his fourth such award. You just can't keep a good teacher down!

Colloquium & Seminars

The Claremont Colleges' mathematical community features varied research and general-interest events and lectures.


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