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. Feb. 1, 2019Faculty member wins 2018-2019 Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision

    Professor Cameron Stewart is respected and admired for the care, knowledge, insight, and wisdom that he has provided to his students throughout his 40-year long career at the University of Waterloo. Over his career, 22 Master’s students and 11 doctoral students obtained degrees under his supervision and he provided guidance to 18 postdoctoral fellows.

  2. Dec. 19, 2018Faculty member named CMS Inaugural Class of FellowsKenneth Davidson

    At the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Winter Meeting Banquet, the CMS announced the Inaugural Class of Fellows. Kenneth Davidson was one of 49 members named.

    Davidson has been a faculty member in the Department of Pure Mathematics since 1978. Since that time, he has received several honours and awards including:

  3. Oct. 10, 2018Matthew Kennedy awarded NSERC Discovery Accelerator SupplementMatthew Kennedy

    Associate Professor Matthew Kennedy received a $120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for his work within the field of operator algebras.

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  1. Mar. 26, 2019Geometry Working Seminar

    Patrick Naylor, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "Trisections of 4-manifolds"

    Trisections were introduced by Gay and Kirby in 2013 as a way to study 4-manifolds. They are similar in spirit to a common tool in a lower dimension: Heegaard splittings of 3-manifolds. These both have the advantage of changing problems about manifolds into problems about combinatorics of curves on surfaces. This talk will be a relaxed introduction to these decompositions. Time permitting, we will talk about some recent applications.

  2. Mar. 26, 2019o-minimal GAGA Seminar

    Remi Jaoui, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "Failure of essential surjectivity"

    We consider Example 3.2 of the Bakker-Brunebarbe-Tsimerman paper, of an analytic line bundle on Gm that does not definably trivialise.

    MC 5479

  3. Mar. 26, 2019Number Theory Seminar

    Vandita Patel, University of Toronto

    "A Galois property of even degree Bernoulli polynomials"

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Undergraduate studies

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

Graduate studies

Congratulations to Hussein Ahmad - MMath, Benjamin Anderson-Sackaney - MMath, Eric Boulter - MMath, Joshua Hews - MMath, Adam Humeniuk - MMath, Jeremy  Nicholson - MMath, Daniel Pepper - MMath, John Sawatzky - MMath, David Urbanik - MMath, Dan Ursu - MMath, Jake Zimmermann Simmons - MMath, Jonathan Herman - PhD, Boyu Li - PhD, Satish Pandey - PhD, Jitendra Prakash - PhD, John Saunders - PhD, Renzhi Song - PhD who all convocated in Fall 2018. Best of luck in your future endeavours!

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