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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. June 18, 20212021 Alumni Gold Medal awarded to Spencer Whitehead

    His unwavering commitment to excellence and outstanding academic performance makes Spencer Whitehead (BMath ’21) the recipient of the Alumni Gold Medal for the Faculty of Mathematics.

  2. June 1, 2021Spencer Whitehead recipient of the Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

    Spencer Whitehead, a Pure Mathematics major with and a minor in East Asian studies, is the recipient of the prestigious Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

  3. Mar. 17, 2021Dan Ursu receives prestigious 2021 Huawei Prize for Best Research Paper

    Dan Ursu, a PhD student in the Department of Pure Mathematics has received the 2021 Huawei Prizes for Best Research Paper by a Mathematics Graduate Student. Ursu is one of two students to receive this prestigious award.

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  1. June 21, 2021Algebraic Geometry Working Seminar

    Sean Monahan, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "An introduction to toric varieties"

    Toric varieties are a special kind of variety equipped with a group action from an algebraic torus. These varieties are very nice to work with because they have a combinatorial interpretation involving polyhedral geometry. I will (very quickly) introduce toric varieties and focus on some concrete examples.

    The seminar will meet on Zoom.
    Meeting ID: 811 2094 8164
    Passcode: 033003

  2. June 21, 2021Learning Seminar on the Basics of Brown Measure

    Ping Zhong, University of Wyoming

    The Brown measure was introduced by L.G. Brown in 1983. It is a generalized notion of spectral measure which applies to non-normal operators living in a suitable non-commutative probability framework -- the framework of a so-called W*-probability space. The purpose of this learning seminar is to provide an accessible entry point to the notion of Brown measure, with an eye towards becoming able to do calculations of Brown measures in examples which come from free probability.

  3. June 23, 2021Student Number Theory Seminar

    Nolan Pyott, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

    "Counting Irreducible Polynomials with the Turán Sieve"

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Graduate studies

Congratulations to Juan Ariza Mejia MMath, Samuel Desrochers MMath, Shubham Dwivedi PhD, Ertan Elma PhD, Claudia Guerrero Gonzalez MMath, Marco Handa MMath, Robert Harris MMath, Ehsaan Hossain PhD, Anton Iliashenko MMath, Sam Se-Jin Kim PhD, Nicole Kitt MMath, Sean Monahan MMath, Xingchi Ruan MMath, Zsolt Tanko PhD, Zhihao Zhang MMath, and Yuming Zhao MMath, who all convocated in Fall 2020. Best of luck in your future endeavours!


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