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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.

News and Events

May 18, 2021

Creativity Counts at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Creativity Counts, an exhibit that shares the beauty of math, is on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through July 11. Learn more at Creativity Counts

The exhibit includes work by undergraduates and members of UO’s Mathematics Department. One can also view the Creativity Counts Virtual Tour

AJ Stewart – AMS Congressional Fellow

AJ Stewart, who got his PhD from University of Oregon in 2014, was named the new AMS Congressional Fellow

May 12, 2021

In Memoriam: Marion Walter, 1928–2021

We are saddened to report that Professor Emerita Marion Walter passed away recently at the age of 92. Marion was a world-renowned mathematics educator and a beloved teacher of teachers of mathematics. She received a master’s degree in mathematics at NYU in 1954 and a Doctorate of Education from Harvard in 1967. She taught high school mathematics while pursuing her master’s degree, was a teaching fellow at Cornell University, taught at Simmons College (where she created the math major), and was an assistant professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where she taught prospective elementary and high school teachers.

Marion came to UO in 1977, where she specialized in the instruction of courses that trained future teachers. She retired in 1994. In her honor the UO Mathematics Department gives out the Marion Walter Future Teachers Award each year to a distinguished graduating senior who is beginning a career in teaching.

In addition to her teaching Marion is known for her wonderful books, such as “The Art of Problem Posing” that she wrote with Stephen Brown and “The Magic Mirror Book” which was aimed at teaching children about symmetry. Her most well-known contribution to mathematics is “The Marion Walter Theorem” (often affectionately just called “Marion’s Theorem”) which concerns the area of the hexagon created when lines are drawn from the vertices of a triangle to the trisection points on the opposite side. Marion was also very interested throughout her life in the connections between math and art.

Marion has her own Wikipedia page, so you can read about her life here:

Marion Walter Wikipedia

There are also good articles about her life at the following links:

Celebrating Marion Walter – and other unsung female mathematicians

MacTutor Biography

Introducing the Marion Walter Collection

Marion was a beloved member of the UO Math Department and will be missed terribly.

Cathy Hsu – MAA AWM Lecturer

Cathy Hsu, who got her PhD from the University of Oregon in 2018, has been named MAA AWM Lecturer for 2021–2024

AJ Stewart – 2021-2022 AMS Congressional Fellow

AJ Stewart, who got his PhD from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a dissertation on algebraic geometry, was named the new AMS Congressional Fellow

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.