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Math & Stat Colloquium Series

The 2020-2021 Colloquium Series is held every Friday according to the posted schedule from 3:00 to 4:00 via Zoom. The Colloquium Series is open to the public, and we highly recommend that graduate students attend. Read More

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The department publishes the UMKC RooMath Newsletter annually that contains both student and departmental news. If you are interested in receiving the UMKC RooMath Newsletter electronically, please send an email to Dr. Majid Bani-Yaghoub with subject “RooMath Newsletter”.

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Spring 2021:

UMKC Department of Mathematics and Statistics is offering a new online data analytics course in Spring 2021: Mathematical Methods in Data Science (Math 490), Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00-4:15 PM


Fall 2020- Spring 2021:

UMKC Math & Stat Department offers several online statistics courses both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. See the list of undergraduate stat and graduate stat courses.

December 3, 2020:

PhD candidate Karrar Abbas has successfully defended his dissertation titled “Anisotropic mesh adaptation for image segmentation based on partial differential equations”

Congratulations to Karrar and his PhD advisor Dr. Xianping Li.

Well done, Dr. Karrar Abbas!

October 21, 2020:

UMKC Math instructor, Stephanie Van Rhein has been selected as the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award. Congratulations Stephanie!

October 21, 2020:

Math & Stat Administrative Assistant, Tanya Henderson  has been selected as the recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences Staff Member of the Year Award.

Congratulations Tanya, you are the most deserving staff member for this award!

July 13, 2020:

PhD candidates Yawo Ekpoh and Bader S. Alanazi have both successfully defended their dissertations on Friday July 10th, 2020. Congratulations to Dr. Yawo Ekpoh and Dr. Bader S. Alanazi for their excellent dissertation works. Also congratulations to Dr. Kamel Rekab for supervising both students. Thanks to all faculty members (Dr. Yong Zeng, Dr. An-Lin Cheng, Dr. Steve Simon, Dr. Noah Rhee), committee members and students who participated in the defenses and supported both candidates.

June 1, 2020:

Professor Richard Delaware is the winner of the President’s Award for Innovative Teaching! The UM System President’s Award is highly competitive and prestigious. As noted by the president of the UM System “While there are always many deserving nominees in such a competition, it is clear to me that the committee has made a superb selection.”

The Innovative Teaching Award recognizes faculty who are outstanding teachers and employ novel and innovated teaching methods to achieve success in student learning.

Professor Delaware describes one of his active learning innovations: “I now schedule what I call Board Days at least three times during the semester. Class periods are 75 minutes long. I arrive early and draw vertical lines on the boards, dividing board space into small panels. At the top of each panel, I write a mathematical statement or two to prove. I find these in our textbook’s homework problems, or those of a collection of other similar texts. When class begins, I instruct my students to work in self-selected pairs at whichever panel they choose. (Of course, I adjust when I have an odd number of students, or for other reasons.) Then for 50-60 minutes they work, while I circulate, monitoring their progress, prodding, providing guidance, answering questions, and so on. After that time period, we stop, and one of each pair explains their proof or progress toward a proof to the entire class. Just before class ends, I ask a student to take a snapshot of each of the panels and email them to me to post for the class on Canvas, the learning management system UMKC uses.”

March 2020

Professor Liana Sega was elected vice-chair of the Missouri section of the Mathematical Association of America, and her main role will be to organize the annual meeting of the section, which will be held at UMKC in spring 2022.

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Recent & Upcoming Events

Math Club Fall 2020 Meeting Schedule 

Math Club meeting are open to the public. Please feel free to join us and have interesting math discussions.


Friday, March 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Location: First floor of Manheim Hall

As the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, pi is irrational and transcendental–qualities sure to bring a twinkle to any mathematician’s eyes. UMKC Students and Math Club will celebrate the Pi Day. This event is open to the public with the following schedule. Read More [pdf]

12:00 – 12:15 𝝅 Welcome
12:15 – 12:30 𝝅 Recitation Contest
12:30 – 1:00 𝝅 Pizza Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 𝝅 Student Social


Mathematics and Statistics Research Day [Modeling COVID-19 Outbreak] 

Friday, April 17, 2020
Time: 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Zoom Video Conferencing: :

The Mathematics and Statistics Research Day is an annual event celebrating student and faculty research, creative, and scholarly activities. This event is open to public and it promotes research in mathematics, statistics, and the applications in various fields.

Integration Bee

Friday, April 24, 2020
Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: Miller Nichols Learning Center, Room 352

The Integration Bee is a contest for undergraduates and high school students with prizes for the best skills in evaluating indefinite integrals. This event is hosted by the UMKC Math Club. Everyone is welcome. Whether you are a participant or an audience there will be plenty of snacks and drinks for everyone.

Kansas City Mathematics Teaching Technology EXPO

October 4th and 5th 2019, Haag Hall

The Kansas City Mathematics Technology EXPO is a forum for mathematics instructors at both the college and secondary levels to demonstrate how they use technology successfully in their teaching, to learn about new mathematics technology, and to discuss the philosophy and future of technology in the mathematics classroom. Kansas City Mathematics Teaching Technology EXPO will be held in Haag Hall on the campus of the University of Missouri Kansas City.


Tackling the GRE Mathematics Subject Test (Organized by MSGSO)

  • Time: 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
  • Day: Friday (10/04/19)
  • Location: Haag Hall 201

Speaker: Bryan Harris

Audience: Anyone thinking about going to grad school in mathematics, and anyone curious to know what the test expects out of its takers. This talk is open to the public.

Abstract: The Mathematics Subject GRE exam, administered by ETS, is a standardized test used by many graduate programs in mathematics to measure the overall mathematical ability and general knowledge of prospective students. In this talk, we will briefly discuss ETS’s website and how to find general information about the exam. We will look at and discuss the released 2001 exam to get a basic idea of what subjects are on the test, what the test makers expect out of those sitting for the exam, and various tips and strategies for achieving one’s best score on the exam. We will then have the audience work on select problems under similar constraints to the actual exam.

Math Club Fall 2019 meeting schedule 

Math Club meeting are open to the public. Please feel free to join us and have interesting math discussions.

Date Time Location
September 9 10-10:45 AM Royall 203
September 23 10-10:45 AM Royall 203
October 7 10-10:45 AM Royall 203
October 21 10-10:45 AM Royall 203
November 4 10-10:45 AM Royall 203
November 18 10-10:45 AM Royall 203
December 2 10-10:45 AM Royall 203


Latex Workshop Organized by MSGSO

  • Time: 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
  • Day: Friday (9/13/19)
  • Location: Haag Hall 307

This workshop is open to the public and will be for those who would like to learn about LaTeX with a focus on creating project documents that include

  • Title page
  • Table of contents
  • Including graphics
  • Making (simple) diagrams using mathcha

It’s recommended that you bring your laptop and create an account on overleaf and mathcha (both have free membership and are easily accessible). This workshop will highlight an essential part of graduate school: professionally presenting and preserving your work. This workshop will be a great introduction to LaTeX, if you aren’t yet familiar with it. Experienced users and newbies are welcome!