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High School Mathematics Tournament-2016, February 12  (Click Here to Expand)


Every year, from 1974 through 2015, the Department of Mathematics at Georgia Southwestern has hosted a tournament for high school students from throughout the state. This tournament has brought hundreds of students to the campus in the early spring each year to compete with one another. The longest running math tournament in Georgia, the annual GSW competition has served as a model for a host of imitators. Teachers from across the state would select a minimum of four and a maximum of eight outstanding mathematics students from each school to participate. (Extra students are welcome to participate and enjoy the tournament, but only the team-of-eight will contribute to the official score for the school's team.)

Individuals who are home schooled are also welcome to compete in the individual part of the tournament. Parents of interested home schooled students may contact  the organizer at the address below to register for the tournament.

Registration Fee.         

The registration fee is $75.00 for a team of up to 8 members if paid by January 15, 2016. After that, the registration fee is $100.00 for a team of up to 8 members. There is an additional charge of $5.00 for each additional student (beyond 8).  Please note that while we encourage you to bring additional students, these additional students are not eligible for individual awards and their scores will not be part of the team score.  

 The 2016 GSW math tournament will be  held on Friday, February 12, 2016 in the GSW Student Success Center. If you have any questions , please contact Dr. Ghimire at by email or 229-931-7350 by phone. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, take a look at exams and results from recent years.

Recent Exams


Junior Mathematics Tournament-2016 , March 5, 2016 (Click Here to Expand)


The third  GSW Junior Mathematics Tournament will be  held on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Last year, there were about 600 students from Grade 3-Grade 8 (360 middle school students and 260 elementary school students).  Five students from each grade (Grade 3 through Grade 8) were  awarded.  We will send invitation with more detail for the next year tournament by the end of November.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ghimire at by email or 229-931-7350 by phone. 


Previous Exams


For further information, contact Dr. Kailash Ghimire, 229-931-7350.

AAMI Receives Board of Regents Grant.

The Georgia Southwestern African American Male Institute (AAMI) received a Board of Regents matching grant for academic year 2013 -2014. This marks the third time that the institute has received this grant. Founded in 2008, the institute’s goals are to recruit, to educate, to retain, and graduate African American males.

Anderson Assuming State President Position

Ervin D. Anderson, Senior Lecturer in the Georgia Southwestern State University School of Computing and Mathematics, will serve as the 2010 – 2011 President of the Georgia Association of Developmental Educators. GADE is the Georgia chapter of the National Association of Educators. GADE represents over fifty universities, colleges, and technical colleges in the state of Georgia. After serving two years as GADE Vice President, Anderson was elected to serve by his peers and the executive board. The mission of GADE is to improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all levels of the education spectrum, the professional capabilities of developmental educators, and the design of programs to prepare developmental educators.

In April, Anderson attended a required Leadership Congress for state presidents and the NADE National Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Anderson states that “the Developmental education model will be changing soon and look forward to being part of this transformation”.

Georgia Southwestern State University Awarded Grant

The University System of Georgia (USG) African American Male Initiative (AAMI) has awarded new matching fund grants to eleven programs addressing the educational needs of Black males.

Mr. Ervin D. Anderson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Southwestern State University, wrote and received an AAMI grant. He is serving as the Executive Director of the GSW African American Male Institute. The institute started in the Fall of 2008 with after school class offerings in Computer Science, Mathematics, Academic Skills, Social Responsibility and Self Awareness for junior and senior African American males from Americus Sumter High School. The institute also provides participants workshops on standardize test taking, college registration, and financial aid for higher education. The      AAMI hopes to provide participants the opportunity to become educated and productive citizens in our community and society. Mr. Anderson can be contacted at 229-931-2200 or for registration into the AAMI program.


The club has served as a sponsor for student/faculty seminars, and its members have often helped the Department with its annual Mathematics Tournament. The Department wants to  encourages all mathematics and mathematics/education majors, as well as anyone else with an interest in mathematics to participate. The club can serve as a forum in which students share their mathematics projects with fellow students, and learn about the wonderful and exciting world of mathematics. A goal is to see participants in the club form the nucleus of a Georgia Southwestern student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America. Such students could then go on to present honors thesis work or other research projects at regional MAA meetings, and share the excitement of their discoveries with other mathematics students and mathematicians in the Southeast. It's important that mathematics majors form a link with the greater mathematical community. For that reason we're quick to point out the great benefit of any sort of student participation in organizations devoted to mathematics: the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the American Association for Women in Mathematics. Students have access to all membership benefits, including reduced rates on publications, and the privilege of being able to offer their work for presentation at meetings. In addition, employers often look with favor on applicants who have demonstrated an early expression of professional interest by participating in a mathematics organization as a student. So, while you are at Southwestern, come and participate in the greater mathematical community!

From Fall 2012 The GSW Math Club is  organizing Coffee Mathema every first and third Tuesday of every month.

Please contact The GSW Math Club for further information.

Former Georgia Southwestern students who have completed degree programs offered by the Mathematics Department are presently pursuing careers in teaching, banking, business, computer science, industrial research, actuarial science, insurance, law, and civil service. The Department offers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Option in Industrial Mathematics, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Certification, and a Master in Education/Secondary Mathematics. Recent program revisions have made all these programs stronger, so that our graduates are better prepared to compete in today's job market, or for positions in graduate schools.

Georgia Southwestern sponsors a number of career fairs and career placement assistance for its students. The School of Education's annual Job-O-Rama helps students find jobs in the public schools, teaching secondary mathematics, and the Career Placement Center has staff who set up job fairs for our students, keep them informed about internship opportunities, and even offers advice on writing that first resume and cover letter.

Please consult the links and publications listed below to learn more about current jobs and career opportunities in mathematics. 

Some Sites With Information on Careers in Mathematics

Some Publications With Information on Careers in Mathematics, which are available in the GSW Library

  • Marla Parker, She Does Math! Real-Life Problems from Women on the Job, Mathematical Assoication of America, Washington, D.C., 1995.
  • Andrew Sterrett, 101 Careers in Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America, Washington, D.C., 1996.

Some Fun Mathematics Links

Library and Electronic Media

Mathematics Faculty and students have access to a monograph and journal collection which is housed in the James Earl Carter Library on the Georgia Southwestern campus. Other resources needed for research and study can be obtained through the Library's efficient interlibrary loan system. Students and faculty also can use the University System of Georgia's on-line, virtual library, GALILEO, using terminals in offices, the library, dormitories, and in numerous computer labs located around the campus. Galileo's numerous databases allow users to retrieve current journal articles on-screen, as printable files, or as portable document (pdf) files which may be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader software. The Library's monograph and journal collection, supplemented by Galileo and other Web resources give our faculty and students an active window on evolving mathematical topics. In addition, many faculty supplement their lectures with personal web sites on Southwestern's Faculty Web. Some of the sites were developed the old fashion way, using HTML, while others use the full power of such on-line courseware. 

Computer Labs and Software

Mathematics students can use the new Mathematics and Science PC computer lab, housed on the third floor of the Roney Building, and just next door to the Math and Science Building. Our students can also use lab facilities in the School of Computer and Information Science (PC and SunSparc workstations), and the Power Macintosh lab in the School of Education. Our small campus makes all these lab facilities easily accessible from dormitories, classrooms, and parking areas. All computer labs are on the campus network, and have internet access via Peachnet.

Mathematics students at Georgia Southwestern start using technology as a means of exploring mathematics immediately. Our College Algebra, Precalculus and Calculus I courses all require familiarity with a graphing calculator such as the TI-83. In more advanced courses, students use a variety of software packages including Maple, Minitab, Mathlab, Mathematica, Macsyma, MacMath, ODE Architect, Interactive Differential Equations, and IDL. Majors are required to take at least two computer programming courses: Introduction to Structured Programming, and Advanced Structured Programming, which are currently focused on C++. The Department also encourages students to gain additional computational experience in other disciplines, either by taking a minor in computer science, or by taking any of a variety of classes with a strong modeling and visualization element like the Department of Geology and Physics' courses in Remote Satellite Sensing and Geographic Information Systems.

Teaching Facilities

Mathematics courses are taught in classrooms in the Math and Science Building, in the Business/History and Political Science Building, in labs in the School of Computer and Information Science and in the School of Education, and in a state of the art Electronic Classroom in the Roney Building. Smaller classes are often taught in faculty offices, or in classrooms in which a small computer network has been set up to give students access to high speed computers and sophisticated computer algebra system (CAS) software.

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