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Mathematics - Wright Hall



The mathematics department at UNI has a long and rich history in mathematics education. It is a nationally acclaimed program in actuarial science, undergraduate degree programs in mathematics and has also been recognized for a commitment to teaching. Graduates of these programs are well prepared to enter the professional workplace or to continue their education in mathematics. The mission of the mathematics department is to provide an environment where students can learn and become competent users of mathematic and mathematical application.

Housed in Wright Hall, the department has several technologically equipped teaching rooms and access to three computer labs. Wright Hall is named after one of the first professors of mathematics when the Iowa State Normal school (UNI) was founded in 1876, David Sands Wright.

Douglas Mupasiri, department head, was appointed by the president of American Mathematical Society (AMS) to serve as chair of the AMS Committee on Education in 2016.


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There are several scholarship opportunities for incoming and continuing mathematics majors, elementary majors and math minors, and graduate students. These scholarships include the Mathematics Alumni Scholarships, Gleen Boysen Endowed Scholarship, Irvin and Dorothty Brune Education Endowed  Scholarship, Bonnie Litwiller Mathematics Teacher Endowed Scholarship, Fred W. Lott Scholarship in Mathematics and more. 

Mathematics Education Lab

Located in Wright Hall 209, the lab is a resource that is available to students funded by the mathematics department. The purpose of the lab is to provide resources for undergraduates, graduates, area teachers and the mathematics department faculty. 

Annual mathematics competition

Talented UNI mathletes participate in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition on the first Saturday in December of every year. This prestigious competition is open to U.S. and Canadian undergraduates and offers cash prizes of up to $25,000 for the first place team and $2,500 for the top five individuals. Additionally, the UNI mathematics department offers up to $100 for performance on intercollegiate math exams. 


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


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Douglas Mupasiri

Department Head, Professor of Mathematics