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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

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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13 Undergraduates Inducted Into Pi Mu Epsilon Society

Dec. 3, 2019—Thirteen undergraduate students were inducted into the Vanderbilt University Chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon Society in November 2019. The new members are: Dylan Folsom, Lucy Gallop, Kevin Gomez, Jackson P. Knox, Connor Lehmacher, Jason Mitrovich, Janet Stefanov, Heng Sun, Yuxi Wen , Michael Wu, Meng Yuan, Timothy Zaklama, and Chenyu Zhang. Officers were also...

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Department Welcomes 11 New Faculty Members

Oct. 10, 2019—The Department of Mathematics welcomes 11 new faculty members this fall. The new group includes three senior lecturers and eight postdoctoral fellows. The three senior lecturers are Henry Chan, José Gil-Férez, and Alice Mark. Henry Chan received his Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of Chicago. His research interests are in algebraic K-theory, topological Hochschild...

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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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