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The Math Forum

The third floor of Burton Hall is the home of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. All faculty offices are located there, along with two computer laboratories/classrooms, a seminar room and the Forum.

The Forum is a welcoming and comfortable space for conversation, study, relaxation, tea, and cookies. It is a gathering place for students and teachers alike: a place to meet tutors, a place for groups to work, a place to ask questions both serious and idle, a place to read speculative fiction.

Mathematics and Statistics Department Talks

There is a department talk most Thursdays at lunch (provided, bring your own drink, see the calendar for upcoming events). The department talk is a chance for faculty, students and friends to hear an interesting talk and discuss mathematics. Several of the talks occur during the evening, often preceded by a tea or followed by dinner.


Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) is a volunteer community outreach organization Directed and staffed by students, it provides professional statistical consulting services to governmental and nonprofit groups free of charge. The Five College Chapter includes graduates and undergraduates from the Five College system.

Work opportunities as a grader or teaching assistant

The department is often looking for students to work as graders or teaching assistants. In addition, the Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning in Neilson Library hires many of our students.


MathStudio is an ongoing creative studio space focusing on process and dialog about art and mathematics. A three-day art and math symposium took place in October 2008 as the inaugural event for the project that is directed by Pau Atela.

Bell ringing

Change ringing is a way of ringing both large bells hung in bell towers and handbells. A group of ringers have been active at Smith (contact Elizabeth Denne for more information).