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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics

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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

Department of Mathematics Mourns the Passing of Stevenson Chair and Distinguished Professor Vaughan Jones

Sep. 8, 2020—Our dear colleague and friend Vaughan Jones died unexpectedly on September 6. All of us in the department are immensely saddened by this tragic loss. Professor Jones was a prominent and accomplished colleague, extraordinary friend, mentor, and teacher, and we will miss him deeply. When Professor Jones joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 2011,...

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New Book on Discrete Energy Optimizes Hardin-Saff Collaboration

Jan. 17, 2020—Professors Doug Hardin and Ed Saff have published a book that draws on their many years of collaboration in the area of discrete energy and optimal point configurations. Entitled Discrete Energy on Rectifiable Sets, this 670 page opus was co-authored with their former Vanderbilt student Sergiy Borodachov, now a professor at Towson University.

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Blake Dunshee Receives Outstanding Teacher Award

Dec. 26, 2019—Blake Dunshee has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award by Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science. The annual award recognizes exceptionally effective teaching by a graduate student with full responsibility for the courses they have taught. Dunshee has been the instructor of record for both Single-Variable Calculus I and Accelerated Single-Variable Calculus...

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Ralph McKenzie Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Dec. 10, 2019—Distinguished Professor Ralph McKenzie was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Szeged in Hungary in recognition of the influence his mathematical work has had at the university. The Doctor Honoris Causa was conferred at a Ceremonial Senate Session marking the university’s annual Day of the University celebration on November 9, 2019. McKenzie...

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