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. Sep. 8, 2021Matthew Satriano awarded Faculty of Mathematics Research Chair
    Matthew Satriano

    The Faculty of Mathematics has named Matthew Satriano as one of its Research Chairs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    The award recognizes exceptional scholarly achievement and outstanding contributions to a field of knowledge. Some of the most prolific scholars in the Faculty of Mathematics have held Research Chairs, and Satriano continues the trend of excellence.

  2. Aug. 4, 2021Undergraduate award winners announced

    We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2020/21 Pure Mathematics Silver Awards and the Undergraduate Research Prize.

    The Pure Mathematics Silver Award recognizes mathematical excellence in Pure Math and Mathematical Finance. This year's recipients are:

  3. June 21, 2021Brian E. Forrest named fellow of the Canadian Mathematical Society
    Brian Forrest

    Brian E. Forrest, professor of Pure Mathematics, has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS). The fellowship is awarded for outstanding contributions in research, teaching and learning and service in fulfillment of CMS mandates and goals.

    "It's an honour and something I'm pretty proud of," says Forrest. "This is a wonderful way to stay connected to the Canadian Mathematical Society, a group that's been a valuable part of my career."

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  1. Oct. 19, 2021Algebraic Geometry Working Seminar

    Francisco Villacis, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "An Introduction to Orbifolds"

    It is well-known that the orbit space of a group action on a manifold is generally not a manifold. However, such quotients appear frequently in physics and geometry and possess certain characteristics that make them interesting objects to study. In this talk, we introduce a subclass of these spaces, called orbifolds, and consider different examples coming from both geometry and physics.

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  2. Oct. 20, 2021Math Faculty Teaching Seminar

    Patrick Walls, University of British Columbia

    "Python and Jupyter for Teaching and Learning"

    Jupyter notebook is an open source web application for creating documents which include text, code, data, equations and graphics. We will take a tour of the Jupyter ecosystem including JupyterHub for hosting computational environments, nbgitpuller for sharing notebooks, nbgrader for autograding assignments and Python packages for mathematical computing.

  3. Oct. 20, 2021Differential Geometry Working Seminar

    Spiro Karigiannis, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "Generalized superminimal surfaces and holomorphic representation (Part 2)"

    I will continue from where we left off last time. We have related conformal minimal immersions of a domain in the complex plane into R^n to harmonic maps, and packaged them in terms of holomorphic data. We have also discussed complex maps and superminimal maps as special cases. This time we will fit these special cases into a hierarchy using complex analysis.

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Graduate studies

Congratulations to Seda Gulizar Albayrak, PhD, and Caleb Suan, MMath, who convocated in Spring 2021. Best of luck in your future endeavours!


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