Doctor of Philosophy

General Information

The Ph.D. degree program in Mathematics and Statistics includes the following concentrations

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics and Statistics

  • Concentration in Mathematics
  • Concentration in Bioinformatics
  • Concentration in Biostatistics

These concentrations address the critical need for mathematics faculty and the need for highly trained specialists in the areas of bioinformatics and biostatistics. The concentrations in bioinformatics and biostatistics will graduate strong bioinformaticians and biostatisticians with a broad background in applied areas for direct placement in business, industry, governmental institutions and research universities. The mathematics concentration will graduate mathematicians with broad knowledge of core areas of pure and applied mathematics.

Graduate Catalog

More details about the graduate program can be found in Mathematics & Statistics Graduate Catalog.

Recent Graduates of Mathematics Concentration

  • Wei Gao, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2017
    • Dissertation title: Minimum ranks and refined inertias of sign pattern matrices
    • First job: Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Auburn University
    • Supervised by: Dr. Jason Li
  • Linda de Camp, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2017
    • Dissertation title: Regularized Numerical Algorithms For Stable Parameter Estimation In Epidemiology And Implications For Forecasting
    • First job: Lecturer of Mathematics, Oglethorpe University
    • Supervised by: Dr. Alexandra Smirnova
  • Darryl Chamberlain, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2017
    • Dissertation title: DissertationInvestigating the development of proof comprehensionThe case of proof by contradiction
    • First job: Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • Supervised by: Dr. Draga Vidakovic
  • Mikhail Stroev, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2016
    • Dissertation title: Some results on generalized complementary basic matrices and dense alternating sign matrices
    • First job: Academic Professional
    • Supervised by: Dr. Frank Hall
  • Chuanyun Zang, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2016
    • Dissertation title: Matchings and Tilings in Hypergraphs
    • First job: Data Analyst (promoted to data scientist in summer 2017), AT&T
    • Supervised by: Dr. Yi Zhao
  • Hui Liu, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2015
    • Dissertation title: On Regularized Newton-type Algorithms and A Posteriori Error Estimates for Solving Ill-posed Inverse Problems
    • First job: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Supervised by: Dr. Alexandra Smirnova
  • Rachid Marsli, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2015
    • Dissertation title: Extension of the Gersgorin theory
    • First job: Assistant Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
    • Supervised by: Dr. Frank Hall
  • Jie Han , Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2015
    • Dissertation title: Perfect Matchings, Tilings and Hamilton Cycles in Hypergraphs
    • First job: Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Sao Paulo
    • Supervised by: Dr. Yi Zhao
  • Annie Burns Childers, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2014
    • Dissertation title: Calculus students’ understanding of the derivative in relation to the vertex of a quadratic function
    • First job: Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
    • Supervised by: Dr. Draga Vidakovic
  • Harrison Stalvey, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2014
    • Dissertation title: The teaching and learning of paramedics functionsA baseline study
    • First job: Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO
    • Supervised by: Dr. Draga Vidakovic
  • Leslie Meadows, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2013
    • Dissertation title: Iteratively Regularized Methods for Inverse Problems
    • First job: Academic Professional, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Georgia State University
    • Supervised by: Dr. Alexandra Smirnova
  • Sara Malec , Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2013
    • Dissertation title: Intersection algebras and pointed rational cones
    • First job: Postdoctoral fellow, The University of the Pacific
    • Supervised by: Dr. Florian Enescu