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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

Marcelo Disconzi is Co-PI on a $1.2 Million NSF Grant

Sep. 12, 2019—Assistant Professor Marcello Disconzi is a co-principal investigator on a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to prepare STEM teachers for high-need school districts. The project, entitled “Recruitment and Preparation of Next Generation STEM Teachers,” will be led by Vanderbilt’s Peabody College in partnership with Fisk University.

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Larry Rolen Publishes a Paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Jun. 27, 2019—Assistant Professor Larry Rolen is co-author of a new paper considered to be a major contribution in the field of number theory and in the study of the famous Riemann Hypothesis. The paper was recently published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences along with a commentary by Fields Medalist Enrico Bombieri. For more details and links to the paper itself and Bombieri’s commentary, see the following recent article that appeared on the Emory University website.

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Vaughan Jones Wins International Cooperation Award

Jun. 27, 2019—Stevenson Distinguished Professor Vaughan Jones has received the International Cooperation Award of the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM). The award was given to Jones for his work mentoring a number of outstanding Chinese mathematicians and for his support of the Chinese mathematical community.

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Award Winners Honored at Annual Ceremony

May. 16, 2019—Five students were recognized for outstanding achievements at the recent Department of Mathematics annual awards ceremony. The 2019 B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching was shared by graduate students Blake Dunshee and Ryan Solava. The award recognizes graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated concern for and accomplishments in teaching, qualities that characterized the career...

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