Math Events



Thursday, September 4, 2014
5–7 p.m.
Ferrin Volleyball Court area

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has a long-standing tradition of hosting a welcome picnic for freshmen and returning students. Be ready to vie for the Math vs. CS volleyball crown!


Mathematics Association of America Conference at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT
November 21-22, 2014

There is a friendly mathematics team competition and undergraduate-focused talks. Transportation will need to be worked out based on who decides to go.



MATH FORUMUsing Simulations to Guide the Reform of Boston School Assignments

Thursday, January 30, 2014
12–1 p.m., KOSC 109

In 2013, the proposal of MIT graduate student in Operations Research Peng Shi was selected as the new way to help select schools for thousands of Boston public school students.  Peng's combination of listening and robust analysis led to this adoption, showing data-driven simulation is a powerful tool for guiding public policy decisions.  Peng is also the president of MIT's Graduate Christian Fellowship, and we are pleased to have him speak on all of these things with us.

Departmental Convocation

Friday, February 7, 2014
Easton Dining Hall, 10:25–11:10 a.m.

Join other mathematics students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward.

MATH FORUMPlanar graphs and the Euler characteristic

Thursday, February 13
KOSC 124, 12–1 p.m.

MIT postdoctoral instructor and Wheaton College alumnus Nat Stapleton will share an introduction to one of the most fun to draw invariants of graphs out there.

MATH FORUMThe Nature of Craftsmanship in Mathematics and Computer Science

Monday, February 17
KOSC 118, 2:10 p.m.

Professor Greg Crow of Point Loma Nazarene University shares thoughts on what we are really doing when we do mathematics or programming, and how it relates to our faith.

Fourth Annual North Shore Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Saturday, April 12th
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Ken Olsen Science Center

Come join us!  We'll be hosting the conference this year, enjoying a team math competition, student talks, lunch, and invited speaker sarah-marie belcastro of Sarah Lawrence.   It should be a great time! 


Gordon College's Math Forum is a biweekly gathering of mathematically inclined people from all over campus. The format ranges from problem solving to guest speakers from industry to special talks about interesting topics or people in mathematics. Math Forum has typically been on Tuesdays or Thursdays at noon or 4:45 p.m.

Students—please let us know if there are other events or topics you would enjoy! To give you ideas, some Math Forum speakers and events from the past few years are below. 

  • Mathematics and Faith Seminar—Led by math faculty
  • Coordinating Revenue Management Decisions in Airline Alliances—Prof. Robert Shumsky of Dartmouth, Tuck Business School
  • The Mysterious Connection between Voting and Statistics—Sarah Berube (student)
  • Origami: How to Do Math Without Scissors or Glue—Dr. Thomas Hull, Western New England College
  • Using LaTeX—Lauren Meitzler and Maya Bam (students)
  • The Futurama Theorem—Prof. Dana Ernst of Plymouth State University, NH
  • "Old School" Graphing in Polar Coordinates—Dr. Senning
  • Bringing Math to Inner City Schools—Prof. Robert Case of Northeastern University
  • I See Abstract Number—Dr. Brian Glenney of the Philosophy Department
  • Color and Facial Perception and the Mathematics of Voting—Dr. Crisman, joint with CIPHER seminar
  • What is Topology?—Gordon alumnus and Colby College professor Scott Taylor
  • Visual Algebra—Dr. Nathan Carter, Bentley University
  • Integration Bee—moderated by Dr. Veatch
  • Introduction to Sage—Dr. Crisman
  • Saving Lives by Bringing Applied Math and Operations Research Scholarship into Action—Dr. Prashant Yadev, MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program
  • Humanitarian Logistics—Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, MIT
  • What is Numerical Analysis, Anyway?—Dr. Senning
  • Math in the Real World—Mike Ahearn, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Why are the lines in Lane so long? An Introduction to Queuing Theory—Jane Eisenhauer and Stephen Rizzo (students)
  • Intro to Math Circles—Dr. Crisman
  • What do Math Majors Do After Gordon?—Recent Alumni
  • Sudoku and Graphs—Jeffrey Fraser (student)
  • Happy Birthday, Euler! From Graphs to the Fields Medal—Dr. Crisman
  • Don't Forget to Check Your Digits—Symposium 2007 "Authenticity"—talk by students about check digits
  • Dodgson's Method in Voting—Dr. Tommy Ratliff, Wheaton College (MA)
  • Math Awareness Month Talk: What Makes Your Vote Matter--Dr. Crisman with Drs. Brink and Melkonian from Political Studies
  • Joint with Health Professions Seminar—Dr. Kim Pearson of Harvard School of Public Health on biostatistics and testing for gene links to disease
  • Joint with CS and Chem/Physics Senior Sem—Dr. Michael Orrison of Harvey Mudd College on applications of matrix representations