Why study math?

Mathematics teaches logic, accurate reasoning, abstract and critical thinking, analytical skills, and analytical attitude.

This means as a mathematician you pay attention to all the assumptions involved in a given problem or situation, and you learn to break down complex problems into a series of simple steps. Such skills and attitudes are highly valued by employers as well as graduate and professional schools.

Learn more about what mathematicians do and why employers value these skills.


Jan Rychtár, Ph.D., and Dewey Taylor, Ph.D., colleagues in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, each earned recent honors from the Mathematical Association of America. (File photo)

June 4, 2024

VCU professor Jan Rychtář wins national teaching award from the Mathematical Association of America

He is the first VCU instructor to receive the Haimo Award for classroom excellence; colleague Dewey Taylor also honored by a regional MAA section.

VCU alum Avanti Yamamoto pivoted from a promising medical career to teach in the public school system, first in the city of Richmond and then in Hanover. (Thomas Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

May 30, 2024

VCU alum Avanti Yamamoto, who pivoted from medicine to math, is Virginia’s 2025 Teacher of the Year

The 2012 graduate credits professor Craig Larson for pointing her toward her public education career in the Richmond area.

Now in its third year, the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fund has invested more than $300,000 to support and expand arts and humanities research on campus. (File photo)

May 15, 2024

10 innovative research projects earn latest funding from VCU’s Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fund

Faculty are exploring an expansive collection of topics that delve into social and cultural identity as well as practical applications.

Math Spotlight


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BRIDGES Richmond 2024

Dates: Thursday, Aug 1, 2024 – Monday, Aug 5, 2024

The international Bridges conference will take place at VCU in 2024!