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The Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics (CCIAM) within UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences is composed of core faculty in applied mathematics and faculty affiliates. Its mission is to facilitate collaborations across campus and integrate research and education in applied mathematics. The Center focuses on bringing the power of mathematics to bear on the most intriguing, challenging, and relevant problems of our time. CCIAM’s distinguishing feature is its focus on truly interdisciplinary research, anchored in direct collaborations, mentoring, publications, and sponsored projects with colleagues across the physical, biological, medical, engineering, pharmaceutical, and social sciences. These activities are supported by outstanding computational infrastructure and dedicated experimental laboratories and provide broad opportunities for research and education at all levels.

Our PhD Program in Mathematics is currently 12th in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of Best Applied Math Programs. All Mathematics PhD students in the Applied Mathematics track receive core instruction in analytical methods and scientific computing during the first two years of the program. Additional electives allow each student to tailor their program of study to focus on their specific interests, potentially including a strong focus on interdisciplinary applications. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact the Director or any of the applied mathematics faculty. Applications are submitted directly to the Department of Mathematics.