The Department of Mathematics at the University of Washington is one of the major research mathematics departments in the United States. It has an excellent research reputation, a strong, demanding program of graduate study in mathematics, and a full range of excellent undergraduate course offerings. The department has approximately 60 faculty with research interests in virtually every area of mathematics. The department has about 100 full-time students in the graduate program and over 800 undergraduate majors, including 600 in the Mathematics undergraduate program and 200 in the joint ACMS program.

Recent Department News

Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy is a finalist for the 2015 Tucker Prize
July 2015: The Mathematical Optimization Society announced the three finalists for this year's A.W. Tucker Prize for outstanding doctoral thesis at the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming held in Pittsburgh, one finalist being our newest assistant professor, Dima Drusvyatskiy. He is cited for his 2013 thesis, Slope and Geometry in Variational Mathematics, which "distinguishes itself by its scope, developing fundamental concepts in mathematical optimization through a unique blend of semi-algebraic geometry and nonsmooth optimization theory and applying these to semi-algebraic or so-called tame optimization problems. ... Built on rich imagination and creativity, this dissertation makes an inspiring set of fundamental and far reaching conclusions in the area of nonsmooth optimization."
Joshua Kim named A&S Dean's Medalist in Social Sciences
May 2015: Joshua Kim has been named one of the four 2014 recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Medal, presented annually to an outstanding student in each of the College's four divisions. Joshua is a double major in Economics and Mathematics, and will begin graduate studies in economics at Stanford next year. Last January, Joshua presented some joint research at the American Economic Association annual conference in Boston, in the preliminary paper Bankruptcy Rates among NFL Players with Short-Lived Income Spikes.
David Jekel named A&S Dean's Medalist in Natural Sciences
May 2015: David Jekel has been named one of the four 2014 recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Medal, presented annually to an outstanding student in each of the College's four divisions. David is a double major in Mathematics and Classics, and will begin graduate studies in mathematics at UCLA next year. He has been doing research for a senior thesis under the supervision of Professor Tatiana Toro and additional research with Professor Jim Morrow. David is the twelfth math major in the past fourteen years to receive the natural sciences dean's medal.
Kitty Baxter makes estate gift to AMS
April 2015: Kitty Baxter, long-time faculty member and student advisor who retired in 1985 and died in 2012, is featured in the current issue of the American Mathematical Society's newsletter, The Line, in recognition of her generous estate gift to the AMS. Kitty completed her PhD at UC Berkeley in 1959 under Abraham Seidenberg, then moved to Seattle with her husband, Edward Scott O'Keefe, and joined the department. (O'Keefe was a member of a prominent mathematical family, including uncle Griffith Evans, former president of the AMS, long-time chair at Berkeley, and eponym of the department's current home.) Kitty's gift will support mathematical research.
Tatiana Toro awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
April 2015: On April 8, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the recipients of its 2015 Fellowships listing the recipients the next day in a full-page ad in the New York Times. The fellowships are "intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts." Tatiana Toro is one of two mathematicians this year to receive the honor, which will allow her to further her research in geometric measure theory, harmonic analysis, and partial differential equations.

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