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Queens College Mathematics hosts Kulkarni Conference

The Conference on Conformal Geometry and Riemann Surfaces will be held on Queens College campus from October 25-27, 2013. This conference is in honor of Queens College Emeritus Professor Ravi Kulkarni and is organized in part by Professors Sudeb Mitra and Yunping Jiang, who received a grant from the NSF. For more information, please visit the conference website.

John H. Conway speaks at Queens College

John H. Conway spoke at Queens College on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:15pm in Kiely Hall 270. He spoke about the calendar and explained how he is able to determine the day of the week of any date in history. Thanks to all who joined us!

Queens College student presents work at Sigma Xi Conference

Masters student Jung Suk Do presented her research on the Combinatorics of Flower Arrangements at the annual Sigma Xi conference on Thursday, March 14, 2013—Pi day! Her research was done as part of a final project in Professor Hanusa's Combinatorics class. Congratulations!

Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin delights campus community

Dr. Arthur Benjamin is both a professor of mathematics and a magician, and he performed his "Mathemagics" show for the Queens College community on Friday, March 1, 2013 in the LeFrak Concert Hall. This presentation was held as part of Queens College's 75th anniversary celebration and is sponsored by the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. More information about Prof. Benjamin can be found at 

Dragomir Saric organizes research conference

There will be "Hyperbolic Geometry and Teichmuller Theory" conference at Hunter College, CUNY on Sep. 14-15, 2012 which is supported by NSF. The Scientific committee consists of Ara Basmajian, Francis Bonahon and Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dragomir Saric. The aim of the conference is to assemble some of the leading experts to present the most recent developments in low dimensional geometry and topology. Hunter College is located on 68th street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York. The conference will be held in the historic Roosevelt House, located a few blocks from the college at 47-49 East 65th street. The conference url is

Assistant Professor Christopher Hanusa received the 2012 Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America.  Congratulations Professor Hanusa!

Umussahar Khatri selected for the Math for America program

Umussahar Khatri recently accepted a five year fellowship from the Math for America program. As a Math for America fellow, Ms. Kahtri will earn a masters degree in Mathematics Education through the current partner, City College, in her first year. For the next four years she will work at a NYC public school as a mathematics teacher, with continued professional support from Math for America.

Undergraduates participate in REUs

Todd Gaugler has been selected to participate in the 2012 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Michigan. Todd will work with Dr. Robert Griess, studying finite groups and positive definite rational lattices.

Bryan Nevarez will be attending the 2012 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA.  Bryan will work with Dr. Matthias Beck, studying discrete geometry and Ehrhart polynomials.

Young Professionals discuss math jobs

On March 12, 2012, three young professionals participated in a town hall discussion with Queens College students about "What can you do with a Math Major?". The speakers were Tina Chang, who works as a statistician and statistical programmer for pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, Benjamin Baumer, who works as a statistician for the NY Mets, and Matthew Fried, who is putting together a hedge fund.

This event was organized as part of the Department's Colloquium series.

Participation in HRUMC

For the second year in a row, Queens College was represented at the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Competition.   On April 21, 2012, Queens College seniors Michael Chon and Amy Lee presented their work on "Solving Multivariate Functional Recurrences", under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Hanusa.

This trip was supported by Queens College's Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Education (UR/ME) grant.

Undergraduates present their research

On March 22, 2012, three Queens College undergraduates presented their research in the annual Sigma Xi poster session on campus. Seniors Michael Chon and Amy Lee presented their work on Solving Multivariate Functional Recurrences and Junior Todd Gaugler presented his work on Apollonian Circle Packings.  Great work!


Participation in the MCM

For the second year in a row, six Queens College undergraduates participated in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling in February 2012, supervised by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Hanusa.  This an intense, four-day international mathematical competition in which teams of three students work together to analyze a real-world situation mathematically and write up their results.

The team of Aditya Kumarakrishnan, Arun Kumarakrishnan, and Jeremy Rauch developed tools for analyzing criminal networks while the team of Josephine Caporusso, Eugene Lebedev, and Kristina Troha investigated the optimal way to set up camps for white water rafting. Congratulations to all our student participants!

Record turnout for the Putnam

On Saturday, December 3, 2011, eight Queens College undergraduates participated in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, more than have participated in one sitting in twenty years!

The Putnam Competition is a very difficult six-hour examination with topics ranging throughout mathematics. Congratulations to all our student participants!

Saric receives NSF grant

Associate Professor Dragomir Saric has received an NSF continuing grant for three years for his research in hyperbolic geometry and complex analysis.  This grant also funds participation of graduate students and undergraduates.

This grant is in addition to his Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians for collaboration, travel, and research. 

Participation in HRUMC

Queens College undergraduate Todd Gaugler presented "Applications of the L2 transform to Partial Differential Equations" at the 18th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, at Skidmore College. This talk was a summary of Todd's research over the past year, showing new methods for solving certain PDE's, using a variation of the Laplace transform.

This trip was supported by Queens College's Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Education (UR/ME) grant.

Success in the MCM

In February 2011, six Queens College undergraduates participated in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, supervised by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Hanusa.  This an intense, four-day international mathematical competition in which teams of three students work together to analyze a real-world situation mathematically and write up their results.

The team of Xiuwen Lei, Amy Lee, and Ju Yi Shan modeled signal transmission over a large area; their paper was designated as Meritorious, which means their paper was in the top 15% of the 2775 teams participating; moreover, their paper was one of the top 43 from teams in the United States.  Another team consisting of Alice Brea, Pooja Sharma, and Esther Steier investigated the optimal shape of a snowboard course and received the designation of Successful Participant.  Congratulations to them all!

2011 is the first year that Queens College students have participated in this competition.

Past Job Opening

Queens College Tenure-Track Lecturer Positions

Queens College’s Department of Mathematics invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position beginning in the Fall 2018 semester.

A Lecturer is expected to provide quality, inspiring instruction to students, develop innovative methods of instruction, serve on departmental and college committees, and advise students. A Lecturer must be committed to teaching a diverse body of students and is not expected to carry out research in mathematics. This position requires 27 semester-hours of classroom teaching per year, with no released time for research or administrative activities. Reappointment for a sixth year earns a Certificate of Continuous Employment (CCE) from CUNY. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, provide significant evidence of achievement and potential as a mathematics educator, and have a strong commitment to teaching a diverse student body. Preference will be given to those who have already earned a master’s degree in mathematics or statistics or who have made significant progress towards a doctoral degree in these subjects. In addition, the applicant must possess excellent communications skills and demonstrate outstanding teaching ability. The successful applicant will have at least two years of teaching experience, including full responsibility for courses at the level of calculus or above. Experience with innovative teaching methods and curriculum development is preferred. It is important to realize that this is a full-time teaching and curricular development position, not a research and teaching position, nor a postdoctoral position.

Compensation: CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

How to Apply:

Applications consisting of a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae containing a complete itemized list of courses taught, a teaching philosophy statement, and a minimum of three letters of recommendation (at least two of which provide detailed information regarding the candidate’s teaching) must be received electronically at by the closing date. In addition, all candidates MUST also apply through CUNYfirst (go to and click "Employment", click "Search job postings", click "More options to search for CUNY jobs", search by Job Opening ID # 17236, click "Apply Now" and follow the instructions there). However, the applicant needs to supply only a curriculum vitae and a list of the names of references on CUNYfirst. Please Note: All applicants MUST apply through both CUNYfirst and mathjobs in order to be considered for this position.

Closing Date: October 08, 2017


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