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Boston College Distinguished Lecturer in Mathematics Series

Prof. Jordan Ellenberg, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin will be giving three lectures in our annual series. Kicking off the lectures will be a talk on Monday, February 16th, intended for a general audience, entitled "How To Get Rich Playing The Massachusetts Lottery."  Additional information on all three lectures here.

Budapest Programs Approved For Math Majors

The Budapest Semesters in Math and Budapest Semesters in Math Education have received approved status from the Office of International Programs. Interested math majors should discuss them with their math advisor and with Esther Messing in OIP.

Record Number of Math Majors

For the first time in BC history, there are over 300 math majors at Boston College. As of November 5, there were 304 students studying to receive a B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics. In Fall 2000 there were 135.

BC Math Society on Facebook and Twitter

All students interested in math can find out about BCMS events at: and

Prof. Tao Li Lectures at the ICM

Congratulations to Professor Tao Li, who gave an invited address on Heegaard splittings of 3-manifolds at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, South Korea.

Prof. Eli Grigsby Receives AWM Birman Research Prize

Professor Eli Grigsby has been selected as the winner of the first AWM Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry!


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Undergraduate Majors
The department of mathematics at Boston College has 253 undergraduate majors. Meet seven of them.
View slideshow of undergraduate students

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Graduate Students
Meet five members of the department's inaugural class of Ph.D. candidates.
View slideshow of graduate students

Visit our Math Advising site
A math major is the path to a wide range of exciting careers. Wondering what mathematicians do? Look at and mathalumninetwork. If you want to be a math major, please email Prof. Bill Keane, Asst. Chair for Undergraduates, for an advising appointment.


BC/MIT Lecture Series
March 10, 2015; 3:00 PM Cushing 209
3:00 Ben Brubaker (U. Minnesota)
4:30 David Harbater (U. Penn)

Alumni Profiles

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Dan Wolf '82 believes the mathematics department at Boston College instilled in him a love of learning. "The professors at Boston College shared their deep passion for math and how it could be used to solve problems."

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Karen Golden Russell '91 uses the rigorous and quantitative thought processes she learned as a math major "on a daily basis to bring order to the business world."