Department of Mathematics


In 2001 Shirley Gray happened to notice that no stamp had ever been issued honoring Maria Gaetana Agnesi, the first woman to publish a surviving book of mathematics.  Agnesi deserved to join Hypatia, Herschel, Germain, Somerville, Kovalevsky, Noether and others who had been recognized by philatelic societies.  Simultaneously Gray created a web site honoring Agnesi and began to organize students in MATH 320 History of Mathematics to join a protracted initiative focused on Agnesi’s 300th birthday, May 16, 2018.  The Department of Mathematics is now proud to announce that both the Vatican and Poste Italiane joined us in remembering a truly outstanding woman.  More...

Department Office: ST F206       Telephone: (323) 343-2150       FAX: (323) 343-5074       Email:
Office hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-6:00pm, Friday 7:30am-5:00pm
Address: Department of Mathematics, Cal State LA, 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032-8204


From the broader world of mathematics: It is now known that 33 can be represented as a sum of three cubes.

Three Cal State LA faculty made presentations at the CMC^3- South Conference last weekend: Daphne Liu (keynote speaker): How to get students excited about Mathematics,  Tuyetdong Phan-Yamada, From Polar to Spherical Coordinates and Coleman Dobson, Infinity Categories and Mirror Symmetry.

The CSU and Cal State LA were prominent in three stories in the LA Times: On February 25, one about the changes to GE math, one about parking. More... On February 26, a story about impaction at Cal State LA.  More...

It's Awards Season! The 27th Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities took place Friday, February 22. Awardees from math include Ilnam Jeong, Extension of Firecracker Trees (mentor Daphne Liu), and Miguel Romero, Alexander Celis and Luis Valencia, Gravitinos as SUSY Dark Matter and KK Particles, given Gravitinos are Majorana Particles, in the Quest of a Mirror Symmetric Galaxy (mentor: Coleman Dobson).

Other participants with Math Department connections include Pratyush Muthukumar, High Priority Targets of Exoneration Through Machine Learning (mentor: Jie Zhong); Dorian Smith, The Radio Number of Banana Tree Graphs (mentor: Daphne Liu); Mason Shurman, Radio Numbers for Melon Trees, (mentor: Daphne Liu); Elizabeth Metzler-Winslow, Using the T-Matrix Method to Quantify Solar Radiation Forces on Interplanetary Dust Grains (mentor: Susan Terebey); Angel Chavez, Weight Center of Tree Graphs (mentor: Daphne Liu). In addition, Hichem Hajaiej and Coleman Dobson served as judges.

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Dobson Romero ValenciaColeman Dobson, Miguel Romero and Luis Valencia.

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Dorian Smith, Angel Chavez and Ilnam Jeong


March 12/13, Pasadena City College Pi Day Student Conference. Cal State LA Math Department is a co-sponsor of this event. Daphne Liu is the keynote speaker. This conference is very student focussed. Many Cal State LA math students are registered to present posters. Besides food/refreshment, every poster-making student from Cal State LA will receive a Pi Day T-Shirt, a certificate, and 3 raffle tickets. The raffle tickets will go  into a drawing for an iPad Mini and other prizes. More...

March 14, Math Club Pi Day. There will be pie! More...

March 14, Fulbright US Scholars Program  3:15pm, in King Hall D1047. Fulbright is funded by the US department of State, for over 50 years now, and works to send US students to live abroad for a year. Students are able to pursue a 1 year graduate study program, develop a research project of their own design, or become English teaching assistants in elementary or secondary schools. The mission of Fulbright is to connect US scholars with other cultures, institutions, and create global connections. More...

March 28, Bi-Annual Shakey's Night Fundraiser. Details coming soon. More...

April 1- April 5, Spring Break!

April 6.  Mathematical Association of America (MAA) meeting at CSU Channel Islands. The meeting will include a student poster session, invited talks and more. More...

For info about department support for student travel to this (and other) conferences, click here.

April 20, DMAS 2019 Competition, 9am-12pm

The Cal State LA Math Circle is looking for volunteers -  students, lecturers, staff - to help with these events. More...

May 11, Last day of instruction for Spring 2019

May 13 - May 18, Spring 2019 Final Exams

May 28, Summer session classes start.