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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Department of Mathematical Sciences

About the Department


From the Head...
The joint efforts of the faculty and staff of the Department of Mathematical Sciences during the last several years have resulted in remarkable achievements.

  • The Department was ranked around top 1/2 in 2015 by various data of the Academic Analytics among doctorate-granting math departments in the US, in comparison to the lower 1/3 in 2009.
  • Faculty members are highly active in research/scholar activities, with frequent visitors and conference organizations on the UC campus. Faculty and their research results are increasingly cited by international experts.
  • The total amount of external funding has exceeded the $2.0 million mark in AY2015-16, ranking us among the top 3 of 21 departments in A&S. The department has 25 active externally funded research projects, with each funded by at least $7000 annually, and the number is still increasing.
  • The number of annual PhD graduates (5 -10) in recent years is above the average of peer US math departments (average 5.5 per year).
  • There are 20 - 30 MS graduates, most paying 100% tuition at the out-of-state rate ($27k), yielding about $0.75 million additional tuition revenue for UC.
  • Consistently, 8-13 graduate interns are supported by local businesses/institutions, costing UC very little paper UGS money. The Math graduate program is among the most efficient on the UC campus.
  • The Math Department has substantial outreach activities with other Departments/ Colleges of UC, in Cincinnati, in the State of Ohio, and internationally; for example, we collaborate with the College of Medicine, Environmental Health, Biology Department, offer/monitor several dual-enroll courses for high school students around Cincinnati, the Ohio Board of Regents for improving math education (5 faculty), 60+ collaborative projects with US and international scholars, and two joint 2+2 undergraduate programs with institutions in Beijing/China.
  • The Math Department staffs the largest number of student credit hours among all UC departments, as the leading revenue generator among A&S departments. The average student teaching evaluation is 4.0/5.0, in the range of very good to excellent.
  • A&S College ranked Math Department as the most efficient in terms of the ratio of instructional capacity to students.
  • The number of graduates as math majors/minors has increased several-fold, from in the teens to over 100, and the number is increasing.                             
  • Benchmark data show that the average retention rates of math courses have been much better than the overall average of several states.
  • Faculty life is extremely busy with research/scholar activities and internal/external service roles; several are serving on the Editorial boards of Math Journals, and most serve as referees of Math/Statistics journals.
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Overall, the Math Department performs in the most efficient manner.  More than 20 retirements during the last 6 years and the dramatic growth of UC are holding back the upward growth momentum of Math Department. With a strong support from the A&S College the Department is diligently seeking to refill these positions; so far we have refilled most vacancies

Shuang Zhang
Head and Professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0025


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