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Welcome to the Mathematics Department!

Our research specialties are in algebra, analysis, geometry, number theory, probability and topology.

There are about thirty-five research faculty members and almost seventy graduate students in the department.

In addition to being a highly active research department, we take great pride in the quality of our outstanding undergraduate teaching as well as our thriving graduate program.

The EUGENE MATH CIRCLE is continuing in the department. It is aimed at elementary, middle and high school students who enjoy math and want to be stretched by challenging problems.

Special Information for Fall 2020:

Currently the buildings housing the Mathematics Department are locked with restricted access, and the main office is open to visitors only by appointment. Departmental staff are available to help by phone at 541-346-4705 during normal business hours (8am-4:30pm). The main email contacts for students are

Mary Brown (, Academic Program Assistant
Hayden Harker (, Head Academic Advisor
Dan Dugger (, Department Head

We are excited to welcome students back for Fall quarter, and even with classes being remote we are still looking forward to collaborating with students to create vibrant and stimulating environments where they can learn mathematics. Welcome back!

News and Events

November 17, 2020

Office Update

As of November 18, 2020, the departmental staff are all working remotely. Please email us directly or message us on TEAMS.

Student Support – Mary Brown
Finance Support – Jennifer Maguire
Manager & building support – Sherilyn Schwartz

September 23, 2020

Special Undergraduate Lecture

On October 1 at 4pm the UO Mathematics Department will host a talk by Dr. Mark Goresky, who will discuss the mathematical development of spread spectrum communication but also the exciting and fascinating life of the actress Hedy Lamarr. His talk is entitled “A glamorous Hollywood star, a renegade composer, and the mathematical development of spread spectrum communication.” The talk will include discussion of Ms. Lamarr’s work as a scientist, an actress, how she fled Austria before World War II, and other aspects of her life. While parts of the talk will assume some basic knowledge of mathematics, much of the talk can be understood by undergraduates from any major.

Mark Goresky is a distinguished mathematician and engaging lecturer from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. This will be the first of two lectures given by Dr. Goresky as part of the Math Department’s Niven Lecture Series, with the second talk being a research colloquium given on October 5 entitled “Pseudo-random numbers and sequences”. Meeting details and abstracts for both talks.

June 10, 2020

Virtual Commencement

The Math Department’s 2020 Virtual Commencement information can be found here

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 News

As with all of UO, the Math Department is preparing for remote operations to help combat the spread of COVID-19. All Math courses are expected to still take place in Spring quarter, but using remote teaching and learning methods. Classes and office hours will be conducted online via a combination of recorded video lectures, live video conferencing, Canvas, and email. All students, whether on or off campus, will be able to participate in their classes via these online tools.

The Mathematics Department office is closed and we are working remotely, for contact information please see Mathematics Department notice

February 25, 2020

New undergraduate course offered Spring 2020

Math and the Creative Process: A Participatory Exploration of Number Theory is a new course that will first be offered in Spring 2020. This course counts as 2 math labs (toward the math major) and is open to all undergraduates interested in math.

February 6, 2020

Eugene Youth Math Festival

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 10am to 1pm in McArthur Court at the University of Oregon, we invite students, ages 5-14, to come to the third Eugene Youth Math Festival. There will be math activities, math problems, board games, puzzles, and brain teasers designed to engage the students in problem solving. Due to the support of the math department and the National Science Foundation, admission to the festival will be free of charge.

For more information, visit the Math Festival website.

November 4, 2019

Marie Vitulli — Class of 2020 AMS Fellows

Congratulations to Marie Vitulli for being selected for the 2020 class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Marie A. Vitulli, University of Oregon, was selected “for contributions to commutative algebra, and for service to the mathematical community particularly in support of women in mathematics”.

October 23, 2019

AWM Student Chapter Distinguished Lecture Series

Sarah Holte, Principal Staff Scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Affiliate
Associate Professor of Global Health and Biostatistics at the University of Washington will visit campus November 8 – 9, 2019 to deliver the fall term AWM Distinguished Lectures.

Dr. Holte will deliver an undergraduate lecture appropriate for a general audience on Thursday, November 8th, at 2 p.m. in Deady 208. The title of this talk is “A Degree in Mathematics To A Career in Applied Biostatistics: Not as Easy as it Might Seem.”

Dr. Holte will give a colloquium lecture on Friday, November 9th, at 4 p.m. in Deady 208. The title of this talk is “The Intersection of Statistical and Mathematical Modelsto Describe Complexity in Longitudinal Data.”

May 24, 2019

Commencement Ceremony

The Mathematics Commencement Ceremony will be held on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM in Straub Auditorium 156. Please see our commencement page for more information.

May 10, 2019

Distinguished Lecture for Students

Stephan Ramon Garcia (WM Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College) will give a Distinguished Mathematics Lecture for Undergraduates on Wednesday, May 15, at 5:15 pm in Lillis 282. All (undergraduates and not) are welcome to attend.

The title of the talk is “Prime time math: little green men, locust hordes, and cybersecurity”