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Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics

Program URL: http://math.wsu.edu/
Faculty working with Students: 41
Students: 38
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 600 TOEFL Minimum score

Degree Description:

PhD in Mathematics
This degree is awarded in recognition of distinctive scholarship and original contributions to knowledge in Mathematics. The PhD program is especially designed to prepare the student for teaching at the graduate level, and doing mathematical research in academic settings, and in industrial and business settings.

PhD in Mathematics (Applied Mathematics Option)
The specialization of modern academic disciplines provides both a challenge to those who wish to do research at the interface of mathematics and its areas of application and many opportunities to make valuable contributions. The Applied Mathematics Option allows students from a range of backgrounds to pursue a traditional applied mathematics program, while retaining the option to thoroughly learn an area of application. Entering students may not necessarily have a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. However, they will be required to demonstrate a grasp of the core areas of advanced calculus and linear algebra at the level of a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. They will then be given great latitude to take specialized courses in Mathematics and their area of application.

PhD in Mathematics (Statistics Option)
The information revolution of the twenty first century brings a strong need to analyze and interpret large data sets, and provides opportunities for those who wish to pursue their careers at the interface of mathematics, data analysis and computational science. The Statistics Option allows students with interdisciplinary backgrounds and interests in data science to pursue their doctorate degree in statistical methodology and its applications. Entering students need not necessarily have a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Statistics. However, they will be required to demonstrate a grasp of the core areas of advanced calculus and linear algebra at the level of a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. They will then be given great latitude to take specialized courses in Statistics, Mathematics and their areas of application.

PhD in Mathematics with Education Emphasis
The degree of PhD in Mathematics with Education Emphasis is awarded in recognition of scholarship and original contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics. The main difference from the other PhD choices is in the research focus. The requirements for this PhD include competence in core mathematics, as well as study in the research methodologies applicable to research in mathematics education.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Critical Thinking: Students will be able to think critically and creatively.
  2.  Knowledge and Scholarship: Students will be able to identify and conduct original research and scholarship. Ethical and Responsible Research: Students will be able to conduct research in an  ethical and responsible manner.
  3.  Effective Communication: Students will be able to effectively communicate research work in written and oral form.

Career Opportunities:

Academia (tenure-track positions at universities and colleges worldwide), Bio-statistics (health and pharmaceutical companies), Risk analysis (financial and insurance companies, Software development, Mathematics education (publishing, consulting and developing of educational software).

Career Placements:

Assistant Professor, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines; Post-Doctorate, University of Maryland – Tulane University, New Orleans; LA Lecturer, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA; Technical Services, Epic Systems, Madison, WI; Assistant Professor, Eastern Oregon University, LaGrande, OR; Assistant Professor, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA; Software Developer, Bloomberg, New York, NY; Biostatistician, Axio Research, Seattle, WA; Assistant Professor, Whitworth, University, Spokane, WA; Assistant Professor, George Fox University, Newberg, OR; Senior Risk Analyst, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Columbus, OH.

Faculty Members:

(Bennethum), Lynn Schreyer

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Asaki, Thomas James, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematical modeling, mathematical biology, numerical partial differential equations, computational biofluids.

Chen, Xiongzhi

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Simultaneous inference (including variable/model selection and multiple comparison) with applications in biology and pharmaceutical science

Latent variable models for high-dimensional data with applications in genomics and signal processing

Analysis of non-Euclidean data (such as networks, shapes, images and tensors)

Spectra of random matrices (including those of sample auto-correlation/auto-covariance matrices) with applications to inference on high-dimensional data

Statistical inference on stochastic differential equations (including those driven by fractional Brownian motions) with applications in finance, biology and geology

Cooper, Kevin Dale, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Cooper, Sandra Clement, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Dasgupta, Nairanjana, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Non-parametric Statistics, Multiple Comparisons, Comparison to Control, Logistic Distribution, Optimal Designs, Design of Experiments, Innovative Methods of Teaching Statistics, The history of statistics.

Dillon, Robert, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Dimitrov, Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Information-theoretic and probabilistic approaches to neural computing and cognitive processes, non-linear neuronal models, chaotic dynamical systems, non-linear signal processing and prediction, systems identification, neural-based intelligent agents. Bioinspired engineering.

Dong, Hongbo, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematical Optimization/Programming, Convex Conic Optimization and Copositive Programming, Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming, Optimization Modeling.

Evans, Marc Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Estimation for multiple recapture models having heterogeneous captures, and inference for binary and multinomial responses from designed experiments with randomization restrictions.

Genz, Alan C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

numerical computation of multiple integrals. These integrals arise in a wide variety application areas that include electromagnetics, chemistry, physics and statistics. I have developed and implemented many different types of algorithms for the computation of multiple integrals. I am also interested in related problems in multivariate approximation theory.

Hall, William

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Hudelson, Matthew G, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Jacroux, Michael A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Experimental Design
Linear Models
Spatial Data

Jandhyala, Venkata Krishna, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Change-point problems for statistical models and their applications, Quality control, Environmental monitoring, Econometrics.

Johnson, Dean, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Educational statistics.
Teaching of statistics.
Statistical consulting.
Item response theory.

Kaul, Abhishek

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Khapalov, Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Knott, Libby, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

K-16 mathematics education and professional development.

Krishnamoorthy, Bala, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Computational topology and geometry, linear and integer optimization, computational biology, biomedical informatics.

Lapin, Sergey, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Numerical modeling of wave phenomena, numerical simulation of fluid flow, infectious diseases modeling.

Li, Haijun, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Probability, Stochastic Processes, Risk Analysis.

Liu, Sheng-Chi, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Number theory, automorphic forms and representation theory.

Manoranjan, Valipuram S, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Contaminant transport in groundwater, transdermal drug delivery, models for tumor growth and disease dynamics.

McDonald, Judith, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Moore, Charles, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

New, Leslie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Panchenko, Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Network approximation for effective parameters of concentrated suspensions, homogenization of unconsolidated composites and media with moving interfaces, modeling of osteoporosis and blood circulation, and inverse conductivity problem with rough conductivities.

Pascual, Francis, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Engineering Reliability, Failure-Time Models and Data Analysis, Robust Designs in Accelerated Life Tests.

Schumaker, Mark F, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Schwartz, Elissa, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Experimental and theoretical techniques to investigate mechanisms in virology, immunology, and infectious disease epidemiology
– Control of lentiviral infection, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV).
– Mathematical and computational models of viral dynamics with clinical and experimental data to elucidate the determinants of virus control and escape.

Slavit, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Teacher development, particularly in collaborative professional contexts, teacher understanding and instruction STEM schools, the ways in which K-12 students develop understandings of algebraic ideas, particularly mathematical functions, and educational technology.

Sottile, Matthew

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Tosic, Predrag, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Data science, machine learning, intelligent agents, large-scale data mining and AI, yber-physical systems, distributed coordination and control, large-scale complex networks, mathematical models and algorithms for smart energy and other grids

Tsatsomeros, Michael, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Vincent, Kimberly McGinley, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Collegiate and pre-service mathematics education.

Vixie, Kevin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Geometric analysis and geometric measure theory, geometry and analysis in high dimensions, and data science. Examples include data driven advances in geometric measure theory, image analysis, regularity of minimizers, geometric analysis in metric measure spaces and graphs

Voulgarakis, Nikolaos, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Nanoscale modeling and simulation of soft biological systems and complex fluids. Applications areas: a) gene and drug delivery, b) cell membrane dynamics, and c) energy transfer in biomolecules.

Wang, Xueying, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematical Biology

Wang, Yuan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Statistical learning of complex data objects including tree, curves and images
Bayesian variable selection
Adaptive clinical trial design
Compressive sensing and system design

Yin, Hong-Ming, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Emily Lewis
Neill Hall 103
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-8645
Michael Tsatsomeros
Neill Hall 229
WSU Department of Mathematics
Pullman, Washington 99164
509-335-3144
509-335-1188