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Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science Department News & Events

Mathematics Research Camp  august 2021

Mathematics Research Camp (MRC) was a big success in 2021.  Twelve students participated with  direct research supervision by eight  faculty members.  

  • Sofie Stephens W/Dr. Bill Johnston: Diagonalization o a Self-Adjoint Bicomplex Matrix
  • Anthony Maiorella w/ Dr. Bill Johnston – A Bicomplex Self-Adjoint Toeplitz Matrix Associated with a Generalization of the Poisson Kernel
  • Chloe Makdad w/Dr. Jon Sorenson – Improving the Hildebrand-Tenenbaum Approach for Estimating Ψ(x,y)
  • Caroline Osler w/Dr. Amber Russell – The Cryptic Math Behind Cryptid
  • Eric Nofziger w/Dr. Amber Russell – Extended Sets for Young Tableaux
  • Evan Blom w/Dr. John Herr – Integer Tilings and Hadamard Submatrices
  • Kelly Ryan w/Dr. Rebecca Wahl – Diagonalization of Bicomplex Matrices
  • David Gregory w/Dr. Jonathan Webster – Prime and Their Odd Periods
  • Ben Rempfer and Dejuan Winters w/Dr. Scott Kaschner – Uniform Convergence of Iterates on the Unit Ball in Several Complex Variables
  • Nicole Dickson w/Dr. Shaha Patwary – Study of Asymptomatic Normality for the Gamma Distribution
  • Sydney Hough w/Dr. Jon Sorenson – Factorization Algorithms – Trial Division and the Sieve of Eratosthenes

The department congratulates these participants and their achievements.  

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.




Actuarial Science Club Events

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

Mathematics Research Camp

What is Mathematics Research Camp (MRC)?

This is an annual one-week research opportunity available to Majors in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science.  Each participant will work on an original research problem with a Butler faculty member and prepare a poster presentation for the end-of-the-week poster session.  Projects are available for students at any level of the major, so anyone interested should apply.  If you are curious about what Mathematics research looks like, this is your chance to find out first hand.  If you are an experienced researcher looking for a new direction to explore, this could be a great opportunity to sample a new area. 

When is it? 

We always hold camp in August, before classes begin.  

Is there a cost? 

There is no cost to the students for participating, and we also cover your meals during the week.  You just need to be on campus during the event.  (If you live in on-campus housing, we have typically worked with Residence Life to allow early move-in.)  If you would only be able to participate virtually, please indicate that on your application.  

What is expected of participants?

If you are a student participant at MRC, you will need to work closely with your faculty mentor and commit to this project during the time you are at Mathematics Research Camp.  Some students go on to present their results at conferences, and some students use their results to start an honors or departmental thesis.  But some students use MRC as a self-contained research opportunity since their course load does not give them time during the regular semester to do research.  Where this project goes beyond MRC is up to you and your mentor.


Please contact Dr. Amber Russell (, Dr. Becky Wahl (, or Ms. Rena Duerksen ( for application information.