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Department of Mathematics
The City College of New York
NAC 8/133
Convent Ave at 138th Street
New York, NY 10031

Phone: (212) 650-5346
Fax: (212) 650-6294

CCNY :: Division of Science :: Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Meet the Platonic Solids: Icosahedron


The Platonic solids have been known since antiquity, and they play a prominent role in Plato's description of the physical world. The planar faces of each solid are identical polygons. Only equilateral triangles, squares and regular pentagons appear.

Although the platonic solids seem to be purely geometric objects, they embody a number of deep algebraic features. Their symmetries, for example, relate to the solution of polynomial equations of low degree.

If you would like to learn more about Platonic solids, you can start here.

Math Club

Welcome to the Math Club page!

Executive Committee, 2015-2016


How to Become a Math Club Member:

Please fill out this form and join the Math Club group on Facebook.


This prestigious national fellowship aims to encourage the most talented undergraduate students from groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education—as well as others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicate racial disparities—to enter Ph.D. programs and pursue careers in research and college teaching. Benefits include:

-Academic guidance, faculty mentoring, and workshops that assist undergraduates to prepare successful applications to doctoral programs;

-Participation in an interdisciplinary peer group of outstanding students;

-$1,800 semester stipends for each of four semesters;

-$3,900 summer research stipends for two summers;

-Participation in an intensive 10-week academic summer program at the University of Chicago during the first summer of the fellowship;

-Monies for travel to attend academic conferences and to pursue research;

-GRE test preparation fees and doctoral application fees;

-$10,000 student loan repayment for graduates who pursue doctoral degrees;

-Continuing academic and financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation during doctoral studies and during years as a junior faculty member.

MMUF is available to students majoring in the humanities, areas studies, music theory, ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology, political philosophy, ecology, mathematics physics, earth sciences, and computer science. Financial need is not a consideration.

For more information and the link to the application, visit our program website: See also the national website

For more information, contact members of the City College Fellowship Program Steering Committee: Susan Besse (History, Director), James Booth (EAS), Timothy Ellmore (Psychology), Isabel Estrada (Foreign Languages), Swapan Gayen (Physics), Norma Fuentes-Mayorga (Sociology and LALS), Andras Kisery (English), and Adrienne Petty (History)

Regardless of your major, if you are a matriculated CUNY undergraduate student and enjoy math problems, the CUNY Math Challenge is for you!

$2,500 Grand Prize!

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development(CISDD) and supported by the Office of the Chancellor, the CUNY Math Challenge seeks to identify and reward CUNY's best math talent. Students are invited to compete for cash prizes ranging from $100 up to a grand prize of $2,500. Winners of the second round will receive $100, and in the final round, $500 to a grand prize of $2,500.

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The program offers students an excellent opportunity to hone research skills and to experience life as a graduate student. Students will enhance their academic resume, work closely with faculty and peers, and have fun with social and professional development activities, all while receiving numerous benefits. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to apply. Due to funding restrictions, participation is limited to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents (those holding a green card.) All programs for 2016 are listed at and include projects in Biochemistry, Plant Science/Pathology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Microbiology, Mechanical Engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Optics and Laser Physics, Psychology, Redox Biology, Sociology, and Virology. The online application makes it easy for students to apply for up to three different research groups. Priority review of applications begins Monday, February 1 and all applications are due by Monday, March 1.

The Program:

The program consists of three courses chosen from major areas in Algebra, Analysis, and Geometry respectively, specially designed and offered exclusively to MASS participants, and a weekly working seminar. Additional features include colloquium-type lectures by visiting mathematicians and mathematical projects involving research and creative use of computers.


Participants are selected from applicants who will be juniors or seniors in the following academic year (sophomores may be admitted in some cases). All participants are expected to have demonstrated a sustained interest in mathematics and a high level of mathematical ability and to have mastered basic techniques of mathematical proof. The expected background includes a full calculus sequence, basic linear algebra, a transition course with proofs (such as discrete mathematics) and advanced calculus or basic real analysis. The search for participants is nationwide. International applications are invited as well. Each participant is selected based on academic record, two recommendation letters from faculty, and an essay (international applicants should demonstrate their mastery of English).

Financial Arrangements:

Successful applicants currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities will be awarded the Penn State MASS Fellowship which reduces the tuition to the in-state level. Best efforts will be made not to increase their out of pocked expenses.


MASS Program Department of Mathematics The Pennsylvania State University 107 McAllister Building University Park, PA 16802 Phone: 814-863-8730 FAX: 814-865-3735 E-mail: Web:


During the spring semester of 2016 the AWM will be hosting a review session for the GRE Subject Test. More details can be found at the AWM CCNY Website.

December 16, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Rosenfield Building, 722 W. 168th Street Hess Commons (Entry Level Floor)

Do you enjoy the interplay between math and science? Want to make a difference in the world? A career in Biostatistics might be the fit for you! Biostatisticians play a key role in the design, conduct, and analysis of research studies and they develop new methods to address emerging problems.

The Department of Biostatistics invites you to attend an information session about our Master of Science degree. The session will include an overview of the department and the degree/tracks, a presentation by faculty, information about the admissions process, and an opportunity to ask questions to faculty and current students. Light refreshments will be provided.

Learn more about our MS degree and the various tracks

Quick facts about our department:

Our faculty are leaders in the fields of genetics, brain science, clinical trials and personalized medicine. Our alumni hold positions at Eli Lilly, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Accenture, among many other domestic and international organizations. Our students come from all over the United States as well as from all over the world. If you plan on attending the information session, we encourage you to RSVP.

For any questions regarding the event, please contact: Justine Herrera at

Dr. Kathrin Maurischat (Heidelberg University, Germany)

Dr. Maurischat will join us for an informal discussion about topics related to conducting math research and being a woman in math. Pizza lunch will be provided.