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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

NCGOA Spring School and Shanks Lecture, May 3-9

Mar. 21, 2019—The Department of Mathematics will host the 17th Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras (NCGOA) from May 3 to 9, 2019. The event will be held in conjunction with the 34th Annual Shanks Lecture. The subject of this year’s NCGOA Spring Institute is “Algebra and Geometry Quantized and Quantified.” The focus will...

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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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