The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a community of scholars committed to excellence in research and instruction. We offer a comprehensive set of curricula in our disciplines, from introductory-level general education courses to doctoral dissertation direction and postdoctoral mentoring. Undergraduate majors enjoy a broad array of options through which they can earn the bachelor's degree, and can also apply to participate in summer research activities. The Department's Ph.D. program appears among the top public graduate programs in the recent National Research Council rankings. The M.S. programs in both Applied Mathematics and Statistics contribute to an important pipeline of professionally trained students who enter the high-technology industrial sector.
Faculty News Briefs
On 1 July 2019, Visiting Assistant Professor Noriyuki Hamada was cross-appointed as Assistant Professor at Hokkaido University in Japan. This is part of a collaboration between the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UMass Amherst and the Global Station for Big Data and Cybersecurity (GSB) in Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE) at Hokkaido University. With this appointment, Noriyuki stayed at GSB in July and August, and gave talks at several universities in Japan, including one given in the "2019 Summer International Symposium on Big-Data, Cybersecurity and IoT" at Hokkaido University.
In early June, Professors Rob Kusner and Alexei Oblomkov were at the ForschungsInstitutMath (FIM) of ETH Zurich. Rob was a guest of ETH Professor Tom Ilmanen, participating in the week-long FIM/ETH conference celebrating the 60th birthday of Professor Gerhard Huisken (Director of MFOberwolfach), and chairing its final session. Rob also spoke on "Willmore Stability and Conformal Rigidity of Minimal Surfaces in $S^n$" at the Lehigh Geometry & Topology Conference held 20-22 June.