## 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.

## News

July 18, 2024

### Rebecca Segal appointed acting chair of SSOR

Segal was appointed chair of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in April after serving in an interim role, and is a professor of applied mathematics.

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.

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.