Students gathered around a blackboard in the faculty lounge


Mathematics is the language of modern science; basic training in the discipline is essential for those who want to understand, as well as for those who want to take part in, the important scientific developments of our time. Acquaintance with mathematics is also extremely useful for students in the social sciences and valuable for anyone interested in the full range of human culture and the ways of knowing the universe in which we live.

Seraphina Lee

Student Spotlight: Seraphina Lee '19

Recent Cornell grad, Seraphina Lee '19, a math major was asked, "What have you accomplished as a Cornell student that you are most proud of, either inside the classroom or otherwise?"

She responded with, "I’m most proud of the work I’ve done through independent studies and projects in my last two years at Cornell. For instance, I participated in the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) after my sophomore year on a project on analysis of fractals with two other undergraduates, which resulted in a paper accepted for publication. Following that summer, I’ve worked through a few semesters of reading courses in algebraic number theory and arithmetic geometry, and I am currently working on a senior thesis on elliptic curves. Though they were very challenging, I think these projects have made me a more mature math student, and better prepared for research in graduate school."

Click here to read the full interview with Seraphina, and explore the links below for more profiles of recent math alums:

Students listening to a speaker in faculty lounge

Course Spotlight: Theoretical Linear Algebra and Calculus

Every Wednesday night, students gather in the math lounge of Malott Hall and spend 2.5 hours huddled around chalkboards and poring over textbooks as they seek solutions to some of the most vexing math problem sets a first-year student might encounter in Theoretical Linear Algebra and Calculus.

These are problem sets that could stump even a graduate student, but with this group of young mathematicians, the challenges are welcome.

Click here to learn more about MATH 2230-2240.