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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

  • Kenneth Cooke Summer Research FellowshipKenneth Cooke Summer Research Fellowship
    March 13, 2015

    The Kenneth Cooke Summer Research Fellowship has recently been announced by the Prof. Ami Radunskaya. Any Pomona College student is eligible to apply for ten weeks of summer research in applied mathematics or statistics. The Fellowship was enabled by The Kenneth Cooke Memorial Endowment Fund which was established in Prof. Cooke's honor by former students, colleagues, family, friends and members of the larger mathematics community. To apply, submit your application to the Chair of the Mathematics Department, Prof. Jo Hardin. Your application should include:

    • A description of the proposed research project.
    • A letter of recommendation from a Pomona mathematics faculty member serving as mentor on the project.
    • A letter of support from persons directly supervising the research.
    The application deadline is February 20 of the year in which it is granted. More information can be obtained from the Chair of the Pomona College Mathematics Department at 909-621-8409.

  • Learning Communities in Mathematics (LiCMATH)
    March 13, 2015

    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.

  • Mathematics Celebrates Pi-Ku'sMathematics Celebrates Pi-Ku's
    March 5, 2015

    Hint: count the letters

  • Shahriari given National Teaching AwardShahriari given National Teaching Award
    January 14, 2015

    Prof. Shahriar Shahriari, of if it's Wednesday, it's quiz day fame, received the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics by the Mathematics Association of America at the Joint Math Meetings in San Antonio, TX, January 11, 2015. 

    As part of the award Shahriar spoke on "Access to Mathematics. Does it matter? What can we do about it?"

    High fives to Prof. Shahriari!!

  • Hannah Wayment-Steele receives Churchill ScholarshipHannah Wayment-Steele receives Churchill Scholarship
    January 12, 2015

    Graduating Senior, Hannah Wayment-Steele, has received the prestigious Churchill Scholarship to Cambridge.  Hannah, a double-major (with Chemistry) is doing her Math thesis on "A Stochastic Differential Equations Model for Microtubule Dynamics in early C. elegans Mitosis." Hannah is the third Math Major to receive the Churchill, following Will Fletcher '12 and Gabi Heller '14.  Next time you see Hannah, give her a high-five.  CONGRATS Hannah!

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