Welcome to FSU Mathematics
Welcome to the Department of Mathematics at Florida State University, home to researchers, educators, students and a supporting staff that strive for excellence in mathematics. The cutting-edge research of our faculty and students covers a broad spectrum of pure and applied mathematics, creating a vibrant scientific atmosphere in the department.
Faculty Profile: Wilbur Stiles, Retired Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Wilbur Stiles graduated from Lehigh University in 1954 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a lieutenant's commission in the United States Air Force. He spent the next year in the USAF learning to fly, and the following three years in the USAF as an instructor pilot teaching AF officers how to fly single engine jet aircrafts. He married Miss Evalyn Long in June 1956; their first son was born in May 1959. He entered Georgia Tech, one month after his son's birth, to work on a second undergraduate degree in Mathematics.
Faculty Profile: Harsh Jain
When new faculty member Dr. Harsh Jain was attending high school in India, he had no idea he would go on to flourish in an exciting career in biomathematics. Dr. Jain describes his career choice as a "happy accident"-during high school he showed a strong dislike for mathematics but didn't know what other major to declare in college. Advised that with a mathematics degree he could pursue anything he chose, he passed his qualifiers for pure math and then stumbled into biomathematics, thinking, "Who had ever heard of biomath?"
Faculty Research: Richard Bertram
People are often confused about what Richard Bertram, a professor in the FSU Mathematics department and the director of the Biomathematics program, does for a living. At mathematics conferences he encounters people who thought he was a biologist, while at biology conferences he is known as “the math guy”.
Mariel Vazquez Alumni Profile
Mariel Vazquez, who earned her Ph.D. in math at FSU, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for her research. She applies pure math to the biological mysteries of DNA, studying its entanglement as it packs tightly into living cells. Born and raised in Mexico City, Vazquez became fascinated with math and biology in high school. "I found pure mathematics to be absolutely beautiful but I didn't know how I could apply it to biology," Vazquez said. That changed when she became an undergraduate at the National Autono- mous University of Mexico and attended a series of talks about DNA topology - the application of knot theory to the study of DNA.
Richard Bertram, Distinguished Research Professor
Every year, the Council on Research and Creativity recognizes scholars, researchers, artists and professors, and rewards them for their contribution to Florida State University. Among these awards is that of Distinguished Research Professor (DRP), one of the highest distinctions a professor can receive. A successful nomination requires a team effort between the Chair or Dean of a given department, the nominee, and at least three established scholars not associated with Florida State University. Many brilliant minds come together for the purpose of recognizing a few. Only one to four DRP awards are received each year, making our very own Dr. Richard Bertram one of about 70 professors to add this distinction to his title since it's debut in 1990.