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Dear UO math students,

I am writing to welcome you to Spring term at UO. We have challenges ahead of us this quarter, as we collectively figure out how to do remote teaching and learning in this time of global crisis. I know we all have a lot of anxiety about what this will look like. Mostly what I want to say to you now is that the Math Department is committed to continuing to provide you with the best educational experience possible, and we will be here for you during this time.

We teachers have been working hard over spring break to plan our courses, but we need your help in making our Spring classes successful. Classrooms are a joint venture between teachers and students, and as we figure out “remote teaching and learning” you students are our partners. We need your enthusiasm, your questions, your desire to learn, and most of all your ideas. This term will be a learning experience for all of us, but also an adventure. My message to you is this: don’t go into this experience as passive onlookers. Be creative in finding ways to make these virtual classrooms really work. Despite the challenges and hardships, this is also an exciting moment where we can all band together to do something new and difficult. Please be our partners in this.

Finally, I have a couple of informational things to bring to your attention:

1) I know many students like to check out different classes during the first week, often classes they are not yet enrolled in. To help with this, some math courses are making their online Zoom meetings publicly available during Week 1. To find this information, go to the UO Class Schedule ( and look for math classes with an asterisk (*) in the Notes section. Clicking on the CRN for those classes will show a Zoom link under “Web-related Resources”, and that link will take you to the course meeting during the regularly-scheduled class time. Not all instructors have provided this information, but some have.

2) If you need to contact our Academic Program Assistant during this time, her name is Mary Brown and her email is


Dan Dugger
Professor and Head
Department of Mathematics

News and Events

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”

April 24, 2019

Niven Lectures – May 6-7

Alison Etheridge of University of Oxford will visit the UO Department of Mathematics to give the Niven Lectures, May 6-7. Professor Etheridge will present two lectures, the second intended for an undergraduate audience.

  • Colloquium lecture : Modelling evolution in a spatial continuum.
    4pm, Monday, May 6, 2019 in Deady Hall 208
  • Undergraduate lecture : Modelling genes: the backwards and forwards of mathematical population genetics
    4pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Deady Hall 208

For additional information on the lectures, please visit the Niven Lectures page.

April 15, 2019

AWM Student Chapter Distinguished Lecture Series

Rebecca Goldin, Professor of Mathematics at George Mason University, will visit campus May 9th – 10th to deliver the spring term AWM Distinguished Lectures.

Professor Goldin will deliver an undergraduate lecture appropriate for a general audience on Thursday, May 9th, at 2 p.m. in Lawrence 115. The title of this talk is “Should You Believe It? Critical Minds in the Information Age.”

Professor Goldin will give a colloquium lecture on Friday, May 10th, at 4 p.m. in Deady 208. The title of this talk is “Schubert calculus, Schubert structure operators, and positivity.”

April 5, 2019

Moursund Lectures – April 8-10

Amie Wilkinson of University of Chicago will visit the UO Department of Mathematics to give the Moursund Lectures, April 8-10. Professor Wilkinson will present three lectures.

  • Lecture 1 : The general case
    4pm, Monday, April 8, 2019, Deady Hall 208
  • Lecture 2 : Robust mechanisms for chaos, I: Geometry and the birth of stable ergodicity
    4pm, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Deady Hall 208
  • Lecture 3 : Robust mechanisms for chaos, II: Stable ergodicity and partial hyperbolicity

For additional information on the lectures, please visit the Moursund Lectures page.

There will be a reception at 5 p.m. on Monday, in the Fenton lounge, and a special tea each day at 3:30.