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. Oct. 19, 2017Number Theory Seminar

    John Friedlander, University of Toronto

    "Exceptional characters and their consequences"

    We review some history about the possible existence of certain Dirichlet characters which might possess a zero very close to the line $Re s = 1$ and the remarkably strong consequences which could be derived under the assumption of their existence.

    MC 5501

  2. Oct. 19, 2017Analysis Seminar

    Adam Dor On, Technion

    "Cuntz-Nica-Pimsner algebras over $\mathbb{N}^d$"

    An effective model for encoding multivariable dynamical systems via C*-algebras is given by Toeplitz-Nica-Pimsner algebras introduced by Fowler. In the work of Carlsen, Larsen, Sims and Vitadello, the right notion of a "boundary quotient" Cuntz-Nica-Pimsner algebra is established, but the precise relations between minimal generators are sometimes very difficult to ascertain. 

  3. Oct. 19, 2017Universal Algebra Seminar

    Justin Laverdure, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "A finite pointed group with no finite basis, Part 1"

    We'll go over a construction of Roger Bryant, by building a finite pointed group (P,p) with no finite basis for its laws, as far as we can go. We'll recap basic equational theory stuff, then wade knee-deep into semidirect products and counting arguments.

    MC 5413

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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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