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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. Sep. 24, 2020Remembering George Cross
    George Cross in 1967

    We’re sad to announce the passing of George Elliot Cross on Thursday, September 17.

    Born and raised in Nova Scotia, George attended Dalhousie University to complete both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Following his graduation, he headed West and taught undergraduate math at Victoria College and the University of British Columbia where he completed his doctorate in 1958.

  2. Sep. 21, 2020Kathryn Hare awarded Faculty of Mathematics Award for distinction in teaching
    Kathryn Hare

    One of the 2019/2020 recipients of the Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching was Kathryn Hare.

    The award recognizes the teachers’ consistent demonstration of outstanding pedagogical skills and a deep commitment to their students’ education.

    The faculty presents a maximum of two Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching annually. Outstanding teachers at all levels, from first-year through to graduate studies, are eligible with recipients receiving a public citation along with a cash prize.

  3. Sep. 10, 2020Chasing a dream
    Josué Kurke

    “While working as an instructional support assistant (ISA), I remember the first time a professor asked for a volunteer to teach a lecture while he was at a conference,” remembers Josué Kurke. “My hand shot up. I donned a professorial kind of jacket with the elbow patches and went all out. Over time, I’ve realized that I feel most at home in front of a classroom. I want to spend my career talking to people about math.”

    Learn more about this student studying Pure Mathematics and Combinatorics & Optimization.

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  1. Sep. 30, 2020Algebra Seminar

    Seda Albayrak, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "A Strong version of Cobham’s theorem"

  2. Oct. 1, 2020Grad Student Colloquium

    Daniel Perales Anaya, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "Free Probability and Non-crossing Partitions"

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Undergraduate studies

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Graduate studies

Congratulations to Zachary Cramer, PhD, Sylvie Davies, PhD, Shubham Dwivedi, PhD and Hongdi Huang, PhD who all convocated in Spring 2020. Best of luck in your future endeavours!


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