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. 26, 2021Algebraic Geometry Working Seminar

    Robert Cornea, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "Compactification of the Moduli of Twisted Higgs Bundles over P^1"

  2. Oct. 27, 2021Differential Geometry Working Seminar

    Daren Cheng, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "Incompressible minimal surfaces and topological consequences of positive scalar curvature"

  3. Oct. 27, 2021Analysis Seminar

    Artur Płaneta, Agricultural University of Krakow

    "Conjugations in L2 spaces on the unit circle and the real line"

    One of the axioms of standard quantum theory requires that the Hamiltonian H, which is the operator that expresses the dynamics of the quantum system, be Hermitian. However, this requirement is mathematical rather than physical in character. One possibility to replace this requirement is to consider the conjugation PT and PT symmetries.

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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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