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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.

The American Mathematical Society has ranked us in the top group of U.S. research departments in Mathematics.

Six members of the department were named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society in 2013. Three members of the department spoke in the Lie Theory Section of the 2014 International Congress of Mathematics.

We also 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 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.

March 13, 2019

Distinguished Lecture for Students

Allison Bishop, the President of Proof Trading and adjunct assistant professor in the computer science department at Columbia University, will give an undergraduate talk on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 5:15-6:15pm in Williamette 100. The title of the talk is “How mathematics can bring order to our digital lives.”

January 17, 2019

Eugene Youth Math Festival

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 10am to 1pm in McArthur Court at the University of Oregon, we invite students, ages 5-14, to come to the second 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 or view the Poster.

October 17, 2018

AWM Student Chapter Distinguished Lecture Series

Melody Chan, Professor of Mathematics, Brown University will visit campus on October 25th to deliver the fall term AWM Distinguished Lectures.

Professor Chan will give an undergraduate talk on Thursday, October 25th, at 10 a.m. in Deady 307. The title of this talk is “What is a Moduli Space.”

Professor Chan will give a Colloquium Talk on Thursday, October 25th, at 4 p.m. in Fenton 110. The title of her colloquium talk is “Tropical Curves, Graph Homology, and Cohomology of Mg.”

October 5, 2018

Marie Vitulli – 2019 class of AWM Fellows

Congratulations to Marie Vitulli for being selected to be part of the 2019 class of AWM Fellows

Marie A. Vitulli, University of Oregon, was selected as a 2019 AWM Fellow for her exceptional efforts to promote women in mathematics through her active participation in AWM, on Facebook, in Wikipedia, and in writing AMS Notices articles; for her contributions to commutative algebra and algebraic geometry.

June 4, 2018

AWM Student Chapter Award

The University of Oregon Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics has been chosen to receive the 2018 Chapter Award for Scientific Excellence. The purpose of this award is to reward a student chapter for organizing and hosting a scientific program of excellent quality in the form of a local conference or speaker series, or for its collaborative work with nearby industry or government organizations by highlighting women in mathematics or by demonstrating the power and fascination of mathematics. Our chapter was recognized primarily for its Distinguished Lecture Series. Congratulations to all members of our AWM Student Chapter.