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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 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."

  2. June 18, 20212021 Alumni Gold Medal awarded to Spencer Whitehead

    His unwavering commitment to excellence and outstanding academic performance makes Spencer Whitehead (BMath ’21) the recipient of the Alumni Gold Medal for the Faculty of Mathematics.

  3. June 1, 2021Spencer Whitehead recipient of the Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

    Spencer Whitehead, a Pure Mathematics major with and a minor in East Asian studies, is the recipient of the prestigious Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

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Undergraduate studies

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Graduate studies

Congratulations to Juan Ariza Mejia MMath, Samuel Desrochers MMath, Shubham Dwivedi PhD, Ertan Elma PhD, Claudia Guerrero Gonzalez MMath, Marco Handa MMath, Robert Harris MMath, Ehsaan Hossain PhD, Anton Iliashenko MMath, Sam Se-Jin Kim PhD, Nicole Kitt MMath, Sean Monahan MMath, Xingchi Ruan MMath, Zsolt Tanko PhD, Zhihao Zhang MMath, and Yuming Zhao MMath, who all convocated in Fall 2020. Best of luck in your future endeavours!

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