Division of Science






Department of Mathematics
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

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


CC-REU Opportunity

April 7, 2021

The​ Central Convergence Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CC-REU,www.cwu.edu/reu/CCREU) is a summer program with research across a broad range of mathematical topics including topology, number theory, applied math, probability, and statistics. Interlaced with the mathematical research projects are professional development training, seminars by guest mathematicians, and field trips to local sites. Students will give presentations at the CC-REU research symposium and produce a written report suitable for publication. Students will also be eligible for travel funding to present their results at regional or national mathematics conferences after the summer program. Given our current pandemic situation, CC-REU in 2021 will be conducted fully virtually. The program is a full-time eight-and-a-half-week summer research program, running June 28 – August 24, 2021.

Additional details:

Eligibility: The National Science Foundation requires every REU participant to be a US citizen or permanent resident. In addition, all participants must return to their undergraduate institution after the REU and be full-time undergraduate students in Fall 2021. We especially encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM and early career students (students with two or three years remaining of their degree) to apply. Participant support: Undergraduates accepted for this research experience will be eligible for a $5,100 stipend, additional weekly substance support that we are still working to finalize, and up to $1000 in travel funds to support travel to national research conferences in 2021-2022. Participant Expectations: CC-REU is a full-time eight-and-a-half-week summer research program. Student participants are expected to commit at least 40 hours every week the program is in session and, as such, should not commit to other activities (such as courses or part-time jobs) during the REU program.

Apply Now, applications will be reviewed beginning April 15th.

Contact us: If you have any questions regarding the CC-REU program at CWU, please contact us at brandy.wiegers@cwu.edu

Acknowledgment: The 2021–2023 CC-REU is currently funded by the NSF (DMS-2050692) and will expand on the previous programs funded by the MAA National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NSF DMS–1652506). CC-REU program is directed by Dr. Brandy Wiegers and Dr. Sooie-Hoe Loke.

CCNY Senior Nazifa Taha

Feb. 24, 2021

Nazifa Taha is a senior applied mathematics major at CCNY. She is now a data analyst intern at NASA!

Hear about it from Nazifa herself!

Photo of Nazifa Taha My name is Nazifa Taha and I am a senior studying applied mathematics. My primary interests lie in applying data science, mathematics, artificial intelligence and machine learning tools in sustainability and climate science domains. Currently, I am an intern at NASA Headquarters and my primary role is to analyze data. I am working on a project with NASA mentors to build a standardized package to help Science Mission Directorate staff track their program statistics. My work is very rewarding because I am contributing to NASA Missions and learning to work with real life data which is a dream come true. I am seeing applications of Mathematics unfold in the real world.

I decided to study Applied Math because of two reasons. First, I enjoyed doing math problems and second, I wanted to learn how Mathematics is applied in our day-to-day life. I want to thank Prof. Gennady Yassiyevich for supporting me in my journey and for his excellent teaching skills. I was able to walk out of his lectures with competency and curiosity to learn more. I want to thank Prof. Jack Hanson for his continuous support and kindness in my endeavors. I also want to thank Jason Redman for always being there to chat and giving me advice whenever I was having a hard time in making academic and career decisions.

Lastly, to all the students – I want to share a message that continuously inspires me. “If you really want something, you're going to have to work hard, you'll have to take advantage of every opportunity but don't give up.” - Dr. Jane Goodall.

In Memoriam: Ralph Kopperman

Feb. 8, 2021

Submitted by Dave and Leah Kopperman:

Ralph Kopperman (1942 - 2021)

Ralph David Kopperman of Pearl River, NY, died on Saturday (February 6, 2021) of complications from COVID-19 less than two weeks short of his 79th birthday. He loved learning, teaching, travel, nature, exercising, and his family.

Born on February 17, 1942 in New York City, his love of travel originated during the five years (1949-1954) in his childhood when he lived with his parents Abraham and Elsie and younger brother Paul in Bogota, Colombia.

Ralph was a dedicated student and auto-didact in a way that reflected the man he was to become. After he and his mother and brother returned to Queens, NY, he attended Forest Hills High School, then earned an AB in mathematics from Columbia College in 1962, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT three years later. He also earned an MA in psychology from City College in 1984.

After a short time teaching at the University of Rhode Island in the mid-1960s – where he met his first wife, Sandra Baldwin, and also founded the crew team that exists to this day – he joined the faculty at City College of New York, where he stayed until his retirement in 2013, serving as math department chair during his last year and continuing to teach graduate courses as an adjunct faculty member subsequently.

Ralph liked to challenge himself, seeking ways to grow intellectually and personally. While he started in academia as a Logician, he changed disciplines to Topology in the late 1970s and became an important figure in that field. He pursued his MA in Psychology not for any professional need but to better himself and his relationships.

A dedicated father, Ralph opted to be the primary caretaker of his two children when he divorced, an unusual choice in the mid-1970s. In 1979, Ralph married for a second time to Constance Hodapp Picciano, and together they raised a blended family of five. He pushed his children to succeed academically while encouraging and supporting them in pursuing their own passions. This support extended outward to his students and peers. He remained a dedicated teacher even after his retirement, and an important mentor to younger mathematicians.

He co-authored over 75 academic papers and a graduate text book, Model Theory and its Applications. He mixed his love of travel into his work by serving as visiting faculty or lecturer throughout his career, including time in Venezuela in the 1970s, California in the ’80s, and England in the ’00s. He regularly traveled around the world to write papers with colleagues. He served on the editorial board of the journal Topology and its Applications from 1998 until his death, and founded the New York Seminar on General Topology and Topological Algebra and the Summer Conference Series on General Topology, both of which remain active today.

In addition to all of this, Ralph had a wide array of interests and self-taught skills. He loved the outdoors and camped across the US and Canada several times. He loved astronomy, bicycling, and movies. He fixed his own cars and learned and implemented an entire DIY-homeowner’s set of skills. When asked once if he was prouder of having lectured at Oxford or having single-handedly re-roofed his home, he declared it to be the latter.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 42 years Constance Picciano Kopperman and his five children Susan Picciano, Leah Kopperman and wife Valerie Lieber, Amy McIntyre and husband Mark McIntyre, Gail Picciano, and David Kopperman and wife Yesenia Kopperman, and by his grandson Sean McIntyre, and his brother Paul Edward Kopperman.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made online by selecting "Division of Science" in the designation menu and adding a comment "for the Math Department Discretionary Fund in memory of Prof. Ralph Kopperman" or by mail to the Math Department Discretionary Fund at the City College of New York, C/O The Foundation for City College, 160 Convent Avenue, Shephard Hall 154, New York, NY 10031.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Paid Summer Internship

Dec. 29, 2020

The Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Quantitative Science Undergraduate Research Experience (QSURE), an NIH-funded summer mentored research internship for undergraduate students, is accepting applicants for this summer. The program is housed in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and tailored for students with a passion for applying quantitative approaches to reduce cancer burden. They are currently accepting applications for Summer 2021.

QSURE is a 10-week paid research internship for students who want to pursue a career in the quantitative sciences. Each student is paired with a faculty mentor, who specializes in either biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research, or computational oncology; together, they work on a summer-long research project. Students will receive formal training in scientific presentation, statistical programming, and the responsible conduct of research. Students will also participate in various career development seminars. Although not required, previous competitive applicants have had at least one semester of college statistics, and some experience with statistical programming. More information on QSURE, including examples of past projects, can be found here: www.mskcc.org/qsure. You can also refer to the tweet or LinkedIn job posting below:

Tweet: https://twitter.com/MSKBiostats/status/1324734275976073217?s=20 LinkedIn Job Posting: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2327309793

Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Program

Dec. 22, 2020

Now accepting applications for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2021 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

Faculty receive a $1,200 weekly stipend and are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of their appointment.

Graduate students receive a $700 weekly stipend.

Undergraduate students receive a $600 weekly stipend.

All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances.

10-week research experiences are offered at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. Additional information regarding DHS Areas of Research may be found on the program website.

U.S. citizenship required

Previous program participants may apply.

Application deadline: January 11, 2021, 11:59PM EST.

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DHS-SRTMSI-2021-FacultyApp

Detailed information about the program can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html

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