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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

February 2018

The Department welcomes Professor Nathaniel Whitaker as our new Head! Nate succeeds Farshid Hajir, who was appointed late last summer as the UMass Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

Visiting Assistant Professor Eric Hall gave an invited talk about “Robust information divergences for model-form uncertainty arising from sparse data in random PDE” at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Lab on 9 January. In other news, VAP Hall has been awarded an Early Career Travel Grant from the American Mathematical Society to attend the 2018 ICM.

Professor Rob Kusner was invited to China for the first 3 weeks of January to work on the geometry of minimal surfaces in spheres with former UMass research fellow Wang Peng. On Friday the fifth, Kusner delivered a pair of lectures titled "Complex Polynomials Classifying Coplanar CMC Surfaces" at Tongji University in Shanghai; the following weekend he lectured on the same topic at a conference in Xiamen organized by Guan Bo, a former UMass Ph. D. student and postdoctoral visitor, now a professor at both Ohio State University and also Xiamen University. (Rob reports: the food was good, the math was great, and the fast intercity trains were simply amazing! :-)

At the beginning of January, a video on Alcuin numbers of graphs featuring Assistant Professor Annie Raymond was published on the Numberphile channel on YouTube.