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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

March 2020

The 35th Annual Jacob-Cohen-Killam Mathematics Competition, open to 1st and 2nd year students at UMass, took place Tuesday 11 February 2020. We had nearly 40 participants! This year's JCK exam was developed by Professor Rob Kusner and Marshall Stone VAP Luca Schaffler (with critical creative contributions from the legendary Dan Asimov). The winners — congratulations to all of them!!!!!!! — are as follows:

• 1st Prize (\$1600) to Pranav Garg '23
• 2nd Prize (\$1000) to Gary Wei '22
• 3rd Prize (\$600) to Kirin Sarangkasari '23
• 4th Place (\$200) shared 4 ways by Dhruba Basu '23, Joshua Bornstein '23 , Stuart Lustig '23, and Matthew Miller '23

Regrettably, the COVID19 pandemic has shuttered the UMass Amherst campus for the rest of the semester, so the Annual Awards dinner celebration is postponed.

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