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Happy Pi (Approximation) Day!

Thanks to the Math Club for organizing a very successful celebration of this year’s Pi Day! The festivities were kicked off by a campus-wide pi-themed scavenger hunt in the morning, and they culminated with lots and lots of pi(e).


Students and faculty from Math, Physics, and 3+2 Engineering celebrated their favorite transcendental number while enjoying a piece of pie and solving pi-themed puzzles on the chapel lawn.



But the highlight of the day was, of course, the pi(e)ing of professors!

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Happy Pi Day from the Math Department!


2016 MAA Golden Section

Saint Mary’s College was well-represented at this year’s meeting of the MAA Golden Section, hosted by UC Davis on February 27th. Math majors Alex Lowen and Elijah Soria (seniors) and Joe Dominic (junior) presented posters on their recent research. Seniors Alan Kane and Andres Diestra tagged along for moral support…and to learn new mathematics!


Meanwhile, the multi-talented Emerita Professor Lidia Luquet presented two of her own pieces at the first-annual Mathematical Art exhibit.


Professor Hamaker on the Odds of Winning the Powerball Jackpot

Prof. Charlie Hamaker (aka Mr. Killjoy) was interviewed by CBS-5 reporter John Ramos for a story about the recent $7 million Powerball jackpot. In short, he explained that one is more likely to be killed by a shark pig than to win the Powerball jackpot.

Erica Musgrave Credits Faculty Mentors

Senior math major Erica Musgrave credits the mentoring of Prof. Ellen Veomett as being a major driving force behind her success at Saint Mary’s College and beyond.

Math Monday

Join us at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26 in Galileo 201 for Math Monday! Our very own Prof. Ellen Veomett will be talking about Coloring Geometrically Defined Graphs. The talk will be accessible to students of all levels…and (as usual) there will be refreshments!

Abstract: This talk will take us through a journey of graph coloring. We’ll start with some basic definitions and the well-known four and five color theorems. We’ll also discuss the fascinating question of the chromatic number of the plane. Finally, we’ll talk about new results on box graphs, which are graphs defined using blocks and their intersections. This talk will be extremely accessible, while at the same time including some modern research topics.


Questions? Contact Prof. Michael Nathanson at

What’s New

The Math & CS Department is seeking applications for the Brother Dominic Barry Math Scholarships, which will be awarded to incoming freshmen in 2016! For information, go to Activities » Math Scholarship Competition.

Math in the Media

The United States has won the Math Olympiad for the first time in 21 years!

Quanta Magazing highlights a new result of Princeton mathematician Maria Chudnovsky regarding the coloring of perfect graphs.