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math studentThe Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Central Oklahoma is dedicated to providing the best possible educational opportunities for its students. Students participating in the program will see firsthand, on a much smaller scale, some of the details of performing mathematical research.

    Students are required to present their research during at least one mathematical or statistical conference during the school year.
  • Their research should be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed research journal upon its completion.
  • Participation in this program will greatly increase a student’s chances of being accepted into a graduate mathematics program if they decide to apply.


SCHOLAR is a statistical consulting group founded at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009. The mission of SCHOLAR is to provide statistical consulting services to students, faculty, and staff at UCO, as well as industry and nonprofit organizations in the community. SCHOLAR is primarily staffed by UCO students under the close supervision of faculty from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Students work collaboratively on client projects, fulfilling a need for statistical consulting services both on and off campus, providing the opportunity to gain experience with real-world clients and applications of statistical methods.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Programs

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or research projects specifically designed for the REU program.  

Mathematical Biology Research Group

The Mathematical Biology Research Group began at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012. The mission is to provide interdisciplinary research experience to students through collaborative research with faculty and staff at UCO, as well as other organizations in the community and beyond. 

Our students have experience with some calculus, linear algebra, or differential equations and learn how to apply these tools through modeling and study models using computers and analysis.

Ongoing research projects - Cancer immunology, blood clot physiology, infectious disease, ecology of desert turtles, population dynamics of endangered species, mathematical neuroscience, and much more. 

Students interested in participating in the Mathematical Biology Research Group should contact Brittany Bannish, Ph.D. or Sean Laverty, Ph.D.

Mathematics of Gerrymandering Research Group

The Gerrymandering Research Group began at the University of Central Oklahoma in fall 2018. The goal of the project is to provide an interdisciplinary research experience for students through collaborative research with faculty, not limited to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

There are many facets to this project. We will create new models for districts in Oklahoma based on population, communities of interest, and party affiliation. We will mathematically analyze current and proposed districts.

Interested students or collaborators should contact Thomas Milligan, Ph.D. Additional faculty involved in this project include Britney Hopkins, Ph.D., Liz Lane-Harvard, Ph.D., Bradley Paynter, Ph.D., and John Wood, Ph.D.