Mathematics and Statistics

News and Events in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The Department of Mathematics is now The Department of Mathematics and Statistics with majors in both mathematics and statistics.

Ongoing - Math and Stats Table every Monday, noon - 1:30, Valentine Terrace Room B MOST weeks    

Past News and Events can be found in the Archive.

Mathematics Q Fellow Position Announced

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is pleased to announce a Mathematics Q Fellow position for seniors and recent alumni. Interested? The full job ad is available here.

Feedback on Candidates for Visitor in Mathematics Welcomed

Students - check your emails for opportunities to give the Department feedback on candidates for our visiting positions in mathematics. 

DataFest Information Session

DataFest 2015 (the coolest annual data competition in the Valley) is fast approaching (March 27-29) and we will be hosting an info session as well as several workshops in the next several weeks to get everyone geared up! Here’s a link to some details about DataFest.
On Thursday, March 5th from 7-7:30PM in SMUDD 207, we will host an info session (with delicious cookies!). Come find out what DataFest is all about and if you are interested, formally sign up for DataFest. Past participants will be present to share their experiences and to answer your questions. Immediately following, from 7:30-8:30PM, the Statistics Fellows will host the first of our workshop series—this first one is on Working with Data in R. Come with laptops if you would like to follow along with the live demonstration. 
Can’t make it to the info session but still want to take part in DataFest? Send an email to Prof. Wang ( or Prof. Wagaman (

Workshops in Statistics and R

Brought to you by the Statistics Fellows

** Working with Data in R **

Thursday, March 5th - 7:30-8:30 pm in SM 207
(preceded by DataFest Information Session 7-7:30)
Hosted by Lana, Thomas, and Christina

 ** Visual Packages in R **

Tuesday, March 10th - 7-8 pm in SM 207
(including ggplot2 and Shiny)
Hosted by Johannes, Megan, and Muling

 ** Tidy R Basics **

Thursday, March 12th - 4-5 pm in SM 207
Hosted by Alex and Jon

 ** Accessing Bigger Datasets Using Databases in R **

Tuesday, March 24th - 7-9 pm in SM 207
Hosted by Professor Horton
(Please RSVP to by Monday, March 23rd to receive workshop materials)

Sports Analytics Forum - Rescheduled

On Sunday, March 29 from 1 PM – 4 PM, Amherst College will be hosting a Sports Analytics Forum in the Cole Assembly Room on campus. The day will consist of several guest speakers who work and/or do research in the field of Sports Analytics, in addition to a handful of research presentations by students. This event is free and open to the public. If you would like an in-depth look into the day, please visit: Sports Analytics Forum Details. Brought to you by Amherst LEADS.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Audrey St. John, Mount Holyoke College

Rigidity Theory for Robotics, Drug Design and CAD

When designing a bridge, how can we minimize the amount of building materials while maintaining stability? Are there computational tools that can help predict protein flexibility, a key component in drug design? Rigidity theory seeks to answer these questions by studying structural properties from mathematical and computational perspectives. In this talk, I will discuss the fundamental questions considered by rigidity theory and its applications, including those in robotics, structural biology and Computer Aided Design for mechanical engineers. 


Audrey St. John is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College. Her research is motivated by computational challenges arising in robotics, biology and Computer Aided Design; in 2013, she received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). St. John earned a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Wellesley College (Summa Cum Laude, Honors in CS), followed by an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UMass Amherst (her graduate work was partially supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship). 

4:30 pm, Seeley Mudd 206 with refreshments in Seeley Mudd 208 at 4:00.

Mathematics, Statistics, and Basketball

Take a look at this NYT article about our women's basketball team, which includes quotes from Megan Robertson, who is majoring in both mathematics and statistics.



View a calendar of events in the Five College area.