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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

April 15, 2021

AMS event – Q&A with Dr. Pamela Harris

The student chapter of the AMS will host and moderate a Q&A with Dr. Pamela Harris on Thursday, May 20th, 10-11am Pacific. Dr. Harris is an associate professor at Williams College who works in algebraic combinatorics. According to her website, Dr. Harris’ “professional mission is to develop learning communities that reinforce students’ self-identity as scientists, in particular for women and underrepresented minorities.”

Last term, several graduate students read Dr. Harris’ recently-published book “Asked and Answered: Dialogues on Advocating for Students of Color in Mathematics,” co-authored with Dr. Aris Winger of Georgia Gwinnett College. In the spirit of the book’s format, our chapter of the AMS will host Dr. Pamela Harris for a moderated hour-long question and answer session to dive deeper into some questions from our conversations. We will collect questions ahead of time to send to Dr. Harris and encourage participants to ask follow-up questions and engage in an honest (unrecorded) conversation on supporting students of color.

To participate most fully in this event, we recommend reading “Asked and Answered” and/or listening to a few episodes of Drs. Harris and Winger’s podcast “Mathematically Uncensored.”

Shabnam Akhtari – Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Cornell University have awarded Shabnam Akhtari the 2021–2022 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize. Shabnam Akhtari was selected to receive the Michler Prize to pursue her proposed research on classical Diophantine equations, in particular to study index form equations and their applications to understanding the structure of rings in algebraic number fields. Please read the full press release for more details.

April 9, 2021

Maria Fox

Congratulations to Maria Fox, currently a Paul Olum Postdoctoral Scholar, on winning a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to continue her work at the University of Oregon.

Daniel Hothem

Daniel Hothem is representing the University in a one person quiz bowl team in the national Intercollegiate Championship Tournament this weekend. Congratulations to Daniel on reaching the national tournament.

March 1, 2021

AWM Student Chapter Distinguished Lecture Series

Tara Holm, Professor of Mathematics at Cornell University, will deliver the winter term 2021 AWM Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, March 4th, at 4 pm.
The lecture will be given virtually via Zoom. The title of the lecture is “Understanding Symplectic Geometry through Polytopes and Lattice Points”. Click on the lecture title for the abstract, Zoom Meeting ID and passcode.

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.