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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics!

Our Department is at an exciting time in our history. We expect to grow dramatically over the next decade. This year, we are hiring 2 Assistant Professors, 7 Postdocs, and a newly endowed Professor of the Practice. Apply here!

Our goals as a department are:

1. To provide world class education to our undergraduate and graduate students, and to do this in a way that is welcoming and equitable.

2. To perform mathematical research at the highest level, on the fundamental problems in the world.

3. To be ambassadors for mathematics within Vanderbilt, in the Nashville community, and beyond.

Among our 24 research faculty, our research covers a wide swath of mathematics, including homotopy theory, operator algebras, geometric group theory, epidemiology, differential geometry, approximation theory, signal processing, differential equations, numerical analysis, mathematical physics, graph theory, and number theory.

Our faculty has 3 International Congress of Mathematicians speakers, 9 Fellows of the AMS, 2 Fellows of SIAM, 5 Sloan Fellows, 2 NSF CAREER awardees, a Conant Prize winner, a Steele Prize winner, a Simons Fellow, a Humboldt Prize winner, 3 AMS plenary speakers, and a Mirzakhani lecturer.

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Department News

Welcoming visiting Professor Cabrelli and Professor Molter

Feb. 6, 2024—The Department of Mathematics is pleased to host Carlos Cabrelli, Professor and Investigador Superior (the highest researcher rank in CONICET), along with Ursula Molter, Professor (and former Director of the IMAS UBA/CONICET the largest mathematics institute in Argentina). They are visiting the Department of Mathematics through the Vanderbilt Global Scholar Program. Professors Cabrelli and Molter...

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Professor Laurent Baratchart to visit this spring

Feb. 6, 2024—Professor Laurent Baratchart, Research Director at INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France, is visiting the Department of Mathematics during the Spring semester of 2024. He is hosted by Professors Doug Hardin and Ed Saff. Professor Baratchart’s research areas include the analysis of harmonic fields, approximation, inverse potential problems, and control. He is teaching a graduate course on...

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Rubik’s Cube Competition

Jan. 30, 2024—On Saturday, March 9, there will be a first-of-its-kind event on the Vanderbilt campus: a Rubik’s cube competition.  This is the 50th anniversary year for the invention of this beloved puzzle.  The competition will be held from 8 – 6 in the SLC ballroom.  It will be facilitated by the World Cube Association and CubingUSA. ...

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Prof. Ed Saff awarded Honorary Doctorate from National Schevchenko University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Dec. 30, 2023—Ed Saff, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has been granted the title of “Honorary Doctor of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.” There will be an online ceremony on January 2, 2024, to celebrate the occasion, which coincides with Prof. Saff’s 80th birthday. Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is the most prestigious university in...

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