Welcome to Pure Mathematics

We are home to 25 faculty, four staff, approximately 50 graduate students, several research visitors, and numerous undergraduate students. We offer exciting and challenging programs leading to BMath, MMath and PhD degrees. We nurture a very active research environment and are intensely devoted to both ground-breaking research and excellent teaching.

  1. June 5, 2017Matthew Harrison-Trainor wins a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Matthew Harrison-Trainor will be taking up an NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Waterloo in the fall.  He will be working with Pure Mathematics Professor Barbara Csima.  Harrison-Trainor was an undergraduate student at Waterloo and is currently completing his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. For more about the prestigious NSERC Banting PDF program see http://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca.

  2. Apr. 24, 2017Brian Forrest wins Fields Institute Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award

    Congratulations to Pure Mathematics Professor and Mathematics Faculty Teaching Fellow, Brian Forrest, for winning the Fields Institute Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award. This award recognizes an educator in Canada who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in mathematics education at any level. Brian was cited for his outstanding teaching at all levels, curricular development, and creation of the Masters of Mathematics for Teachers program. Earlier in the year, Brian was also awarded the Mathematical Association of America Seaway Section's Clarence F.

  3. Apr. 3, 2017David McKinnon wins University of Waterloo Distinguished Teaching Award

    Professor David McKinnon of the Pure Mathematics Department was one of four university faculty members to be awarded the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teaching Award for 2016-17. David is an amazing teacher, who receives glowing evaluations from his students in every course he teaches, from first year through the graduate program. Congratulations, David!

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  1. Aug. 21, 2017Student Number Theory Seminar

    Akshaa Vatwani, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "Variants of equidistribution in arithmetic progressions"

  2. Aug. 24, 2017MMath Thesis Presentation

    Rick Kun-Hung Hsueh, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "An analogy between classical and free Brownian motion: A combinatorial approach"

    The first part of the talk deals with how plane integer lattice paths can be exploited to calculate moments of random variables of the form A + B, where A, B are linear operators defined on the the full Fock space. In particular, this covers the cases for Gaussian and Wigner semicircle laws which are indispensable parts for classical and free Brownian motion.

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Undergraduate studies

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Graduate studies

Congratulations to Kari Eifler, MMath, Mitchell Haslehurst, MMath, Shuming Jia, MMath, Arthur Mehta, MMath, Patrick Naylor, MMath, Emily Neufeld, MMath, Nickolas Rollick, MMath, Dennis Stauffer, MMath, Michael Hartz, PhD, Matthew Wiersma, PhD, Stanley Xiao, PhD who all convocated in Fall 2016. Best of luck in your future endeavours!

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