Welcome to Pure Mathematics

We are home to 30 faculty, four staff, approximately 60 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.


Friday, September 29, 2023

Spring 2023 Graduands

Congratulations to Clement Wan, MMath and Eric Boulter, PhD, who convocated in Spring 2023. Best of luck in your future endeavours!

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Grad Coordinator Staff Change

On July 1st, we sadly had to say "so long" and "thank you" to Nancy Maloney who retired from the Pure Math grad coordinator position. Nancy had been with Pure Math for over 16 years and will definitely be missed. We wish you all the best for a long, healthy, and restful retirement, Nancy!

And we say "welcome" to Jo-Ann Hardy who has taken over the grad coordinator role as of July 4th. We’re happy to have you with us, Jo-Ann! Welcome to Pure Math!

Pure Math Professor Alexandru (Andu) Nica is a recipient of this year's Faculty of Mathematics Distinction in Teaching Award. Up to two awards are given each year to teachers who have “consistently demonstrated outstanding pedagogical skills and a deep commitment to our students’ education.” Congratulations, Andu!

Read more about Andu's award here.


Monday, March 4, 2024 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Grad Student Colloquium

Kieran Mastel, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

"An Aperiodic Monotile"

Last year, David Smith, Joseph Samuel Myers, Craig S. Kaplan, and Chaim Goodman-Strauss found the first example of an aperiodic monotile (or ‘einstein’), solving a longstanding open problem. We will look at the ‘hat’ tile they define and try to visually understand why it tiles the plane and why none of its tilings are periodic.

MC 5501

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST (GMT -05:00)

Number Theory Seminar

Peter Oberly, University of Rochester

"Some Bounds on the Arakelov-Zhang Pairing"

The Arakelov-Zhang pairing (also called the dynamical height pairing) is a kind of dynamical distance between two rational maps defined over a number field. This pairing has applications in arithmetic dynamics, especially as a tool to study the preperiodic points common to two rational maps. We will discuss some bounds on the Arakelov-Zhang pairing of f and g in terms of the coefficients of f and investigate some simple consequences of this result.   

MC 5417

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Computability Learning Seminar

Joey Lakerdas-Gayle, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

"Computable Structure Theory VII"

We will discuss degree spectra of structures, following Antonio Montalbán's monograph.

MC 5479