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Math and Actuarial Science Background
Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science Department News & Events

Congratulations to our Outstanding Professors:

In a department of outstanding faculty, we are very proud of several recipients of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards for outstanding  contributions.

Rasitha Jayasekare, Ph.D., was honored by Dean Jay Howard for her outstanding Teaching.  In Jay's words, Rasitha always seems to be prepping a new course to meet student and program needs.  In 2018-2019 Dr. Jayasekare prepped and taught two new courses for the statistics major.  She receives consistently  impressive studeut survey scores in her classes, among the top 30% of the college.  Dr. Jayasekare has been instrumental in developing and teaching a recently added major (Statistics), a recently added minor (Data Science), and in developing curricula for a forthcoming Master’s degree program in Analytics.

Honoroable Mentions were awarded to Karen Holmes, Ph.D., and Scott Kaschner, Ph.D., for Teaching. 

John Herr, Ph.D., received an Honorable Mention for Research and Scholarship, publishing 4 papers, 1 chapter, and 1 paper with student co-authors

Congratuations to Prem Sharma, Ph.D.

Dr. Sharma is retiring from the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science after the Fall sememster 2020.  Dr. Sharma has taught at Butler since 1984. We all wish him well as he enters a new phase of his life!  He has mean a great deal to the students and built a lasting legacy.

Bulldogs at JMM2021!

The JMM 2021 meeting is being held virtually , and  two Butler University students will be presenting posters at the session.

We would love for all to join the session to view their presentations.

Congratulations to Chole Makdad - Golwater Scholarship Recipent

The Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Department would like to congratulate Choloe Makdad, a sophomore mathematics, statistics, and computer science major for being named our most recent Goldwater Scholarship recipient.  

The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering in America. According to the Goldwater Foundation, 396 college students from across the U.S. were selected to receive the scholarship from an estimated pool of more than 5,000 college sophomores and juniors. A total of 1,343 natural science, engineering, and mathematics students were nominated by 461 academic institutions to compete for the 2020 Goldwater scholarships. Of students who reported, 191 of the Scholars are men, 203 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their highest degree objective. Fifty Scholars are mathematics and computer science majors, 287 are majoring in the natural sciences, and 59 are majoring in engineering. Many of the Scholars have published their research in leading journals and have presented their work at professional society conferences.


Science Building Renovation

To keep pace with a rapidly changing world and continue preparing our graduates for the science of the future, it’s time for a bold investment to repurpose and renovate science facilities that match the high caliber of our students and faculty. Visit to find out more about our new $100M science complex.

Welcome Dr. Patwary!

We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Mohammad Shaha Patwary, who joins us this year as Assistant Professor of Statistics. Dr. Patwary earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chittagong (Bangladesh), where he also earned a master’s degree in statistics.  He also has a master’s degree in applied statistics from Minnesota State University at Mankato and recently completed his PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas.  His dissertation is “Flexible Estimation of Error Covariance Matrix in Functional Mixed-Effects Models.” **

Dr. Patwary has additionally published quite a few papers on a large variety of theoretical and applied statistics topics.  He has taught multiple courses in statistics as a graduate student at Dallas and Mankato and was previously Lecturer and Assistant Professor at U. Chittagong in addition to other teaching experiences.  In his first year as a Bulldog he will teach Elementary Statistics, Design of Experiments, and Nonparametric Statistical Methods.  We are very excited to benefit from Dr. Patwary’s teaching experience and statistical expertise here at Butler.  We are absolutely delighted to have Dr. Shaha Patwary as a colleague!  Feel free to send Dr. Patwary an email welcoming him to the department and to Butler!  His email address is

**If you are familiar with linear regression where you do things like try to find a line to describe how Y might depend on X, the usual thing we do is assume that the size of the prediction errors doesn’t depend on how big X is.  What can be done when that assumption doesn’t hold?  You’ll have to ask Dr. Patwary sometime!

Actuarial Science Club Events

No Actuarial Science events have been scheduled for the Spring 2021 semester yet!

Mathematics Research Camp

The departmental Mathematics Research Camp is being scheduled for a week in August.  Please check later for information and application forms when final details are available!