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. Dec. 1, 2017Matt Kennedy wins Faculty of Mathematics Research Excellence Award

    Professor Matthew Kennedy has been chosen to receive the inaugural Faculty of Mathematics Research Excellence Award! This award, which, going forward, will be awarded annually to one or two early or mid-career faculty members, is based on a body of work developed over the past five years, or for a single influential paper published in the past five years. Congratulations, Matt!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 MAA Seaway Section's Clarence F. Stephens Distinguished Teaching Award.

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  1. Mar. 20, 2018Number Theory Seminar

    Arpita Kar, Queen's University

    "On the normal number of prime factors of Ramanujan Tau function"

    We will discuss various results concerning ω(τ(p)), ω(τ(n)), ω(τ(p+1)) where τ denotes Ramanujan Tau function and ω(n) denotes the number of prime factors of n counted without multiplicity. This is work in progress with Prof. Ram Murty.

    MC 5417

  2. Mar. 20, 2018Algebraic Geometry Learning Seminar

    Nickolas Rollick, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "The ideal tool"

  3. Mar. 21, 2018Postdoctoral Seminar

    Eli Shamovich, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "Free Function Theory and Operator Algebras"

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Undergraduate studies

Check the course offerings list to see when courses are offered.

Graduate studies

Congratulations to Gulizar (Seda) Albayrak, MMath, Jessica Crawford-Brown, MMath, Brandon Doherty, MMath, Parham Hamidi, MMath, Kun-Hung (Rick) Hsueh, MMath, Drew Johnstone, MMath, Justin Laverdure, MMath, Anthony McCormick, MMath, Patrick McIntyre, MMath, Adam Dor On, PhD, Tyrone (Ty) Ghaswala, PhD, Blake Madill, PhD, Ian Payne, PhD, and Jaspar Wiart, PhD who all convocated in Fall 2017. Best of luck in your future endeavours!

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