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Friday, July 3, 2020

William Slofstra wins 2020 Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award

William Slofstra

Pure Mathematics Professor William Slofstra has received a 2020 Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Kathryn Hare named CMS Fellow

Kathryn Hare

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) has recognized Professor Kathryn Hare as part of the Third Inaugural Class of Fellows.

One of nine women named a CMS Fellow, Hare has been a faculty member in the Department of Pure Mathematics since 1988. Since that time, she has received several honours and awards including:

Monday, June 22, 2020

Congratulations to Outstanding Performance Award recipients

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Congratulations to the researchers in the Department of Pure Mathematics who have been awarded a 2019 Outstanding Performance Award announced by Vice-President, Academic and Provost Jim Rush.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Matt Kennedy awarded Israel Halperin Prize

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Associate Professor Matt Kennedy has been awarded the Israel Halperin Prize for 2020. The prize is awarded every five years for outstanding work in operator algebras or operator theory to members of the Canadian mathematical community who are within ten years of receipt of their doctorate.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Jun Yan awarded prestigious Faculty of Mathematics Alumni Gold Medal

Jun Yan, Waterloo's Faculty of Mathematics 2020 recipient of the Alumni Gold Medal

Jun Yan is this year’s University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics recipient of the Alumni Gold Medal in recognition of his academic excellence. 

Yan, who graduated with a double major in Pure Mathematics and Combinatorics & Optimization and a minor in Psychology, earned the coveted award after achieving a 97.34 cumulative average and a 98.72 major average.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Alex Rutar wins Pure Math Undergraduate Research Prize

Alex Rutar has won the Pure Mathematics Undergraduate Research Prize for 2019/20. Alex worked with Pure Math professors Kathryn Hare and Kevin Hare on the study of self-similar sets and the associated self-similar measures supported on them, a fundamental problem in fractal geometry. This work has resulted in two papers, one currently in submission and the other -- solo-authored by Alex -- in the process of being written. Alex will be attending graduate school at St. Andrews University in Scotland in the fall. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

I don’t want to be a doctor of medicine. I want to be a doctor of mathematics.

Jose Luiz Avilez

Early in his second year of medical school, Jose Luiz Avilez realized he wanted something different than medical school could offer. In his heart, he knew he wanted to study mathematics. It was a difficult decision, but by 2016 he was applying to universities.

“A friend of mine who studied at Waterloo told me about its program in Mathematical Finance and that it has a co-op program,” remembered Avilez. “I was sold.”

Learn more about Avilez's experience.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Pure Math Silver Award winners announced

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2019/20 Pure Mathematics Silver Awards. Awarded for mathematical excellence to male and female students in Pure Math and Mathematical Finance, this year's recipients are:

  • Jun Yan
  • Spencer Whitehead
  • Jose Avilez
  • Wanchun Shen

Congratulations to the winners!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wanchun (Rosie) Shen awarded 2020 Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award

Wanchun Shen by a frozen river

Wanchun (Rosie) Shen, a pure mathematics major at the University of Waterloo, has been awarded a 2020 Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Shen has focused much of her work on the multifractal analysis of self-similar measures of finite type.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Zhenyuan Zhang awarded honorary mention for the 2020 Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award

Zhenyuan Zhang on a path in the woods

Zhenyuan Zhang, a pure mathematics major at the University of Waterloo, has received an honorary mention for the 2020 Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

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