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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics

In its more than 100-year history, the Department of Mathematics has solidified its standing as a major player in the nationwide arena of mathematical research and academic scholarship. Currently, the department boasts more than 250 undergraduate majors, 40 graduate students, and more than 50 faculty, of which about one third are postdocs. Our vibrant and close-knit community of a diverse group of scholars and students creates a stimulating and exciting atmosphere for research and study. We excel in several areas of pure and applied mathematics, including approximation theory, biomathematics, combinatorics & graph theory, geometry & topology, group theory, noncommutative geometry & operator algebras, number theory, partial differential equations, and universal algebra.

Department News

Professor Emeritus Horace Williams Dies

Jan. 7, 2019—Horace Edward Williams, an emeritus professor of mathematics who taught mathematics and statistics at Vanderbilt for 40 years, died Dec. 31, 2018. He was 87. In addition to his teaching, Williams conducted research on improving the quality of math education at all levels from elementary school through college.

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Marcelo Disconzi Named Dean’s Faculty Fellow

Nov. 15, 2018—Assistant Professor Marcelo Disconzi has been awarded a Dean’s Faculty Fellowship for 2019-2021. The new Dean’s Faculty Fellows Program, launched this year, invests in untenured faculty across the College of Arts & Science to support their research, scholarship, and creative expression during their probationary period. Disconzi is one of seven Arts & Science faculty to...

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New Faculty Members Join the Department

Sep. 19, 2018—The Department of Mathematics welcomes seven new faculty members this fall. Larry Rolen joins the department as a tenure-track assistant professor. His research interests are number theory and combinatorics. He works in developing theories of new generalizations of modular forms, such as harmonic Maass forms, Jacobi forms, and quantum modular forms. He received his Ph.D....

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Denis Osin Gave Invited Talk at ICM 2018

Aug. 28, 2018—Professor Denis Osin was an invited speaker at the recent International Congress of Mathematicians held August 1-9, 2018, in Rio de Janeiro. Held once every four years, the ICM brings together mathematicians from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in every area of mathematics. An ICM invitation is considered to be one...

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