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

Krzysztof Burdzy named Carver Medalist
April 2016: Krzysztof (Chris) Burdzy has been named the Institute of Mathematical Statistics' 2016 Carver Medalist. The medal, created by the IMS to honor Harry C. Carver, Founding Editor of the Annals of Mathematical Statistics and one of the founders of the IMS, is for exceptional service to the IMS. Chris's award recognizes his "leadership in the development and curation of electronic publications for the IMS probability community, especially for co-founding the Electronic Journal of Probability and Electronic Communications in Probability, and the Probability Abstract Service, and for sustained vigilance and dedication to ensuring the stability and open access for these publications and for serving as an informed resource for IMS on electronic issues."
Austin Stromme receives Goldwater Scholarship
March 2016: Austin Stromme, a Mathematics and Computer Science double major, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The Goldwater scholarship program is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Austin has been working on two research projects: one on generalized electrical networks with Professor Jim Morrow, the other on probabilistic models with finishing graduate student Matt Junge. He plans to continue his studies in mathematics after graduation, pursuing a PhD and then an academic career of teaching and research.
Christopher Hoffman named a 2016 Simons Fellow
March 2016: The Simons Foundation has announced that Christopher Hoffman is one of the 2016 Simons Fellows in Mathematics. The fellowship program, which began in 2012, is designed to provide awardees with additional sabbatical funding that can "lead to increased creativity and productivity in research." Tatiana Toro was one of the inaugural fellows four years ago, followed by Hart Smith, Gunther Uhlmann, and Sándor Kovács in subsequent years.
Bianca Viray awarded an NSF CAREER grant
March 2016: Bianca Viray has been awarded a CAREER grant under the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program. Bianca joined the department in the summer of 2014 after four years at Brown as an NSF postdoctoral fellow and Tamarkin Assistant Professor. She works in number theory and algebraic geometry.
Jarod Alper appointed Associate Professor
March 2016: Jarod Alper will join the department in January 2017 as a tenured associate professor. Jarod, who works in algebraic geometry, received his PhD under Ravi Vakil at Stanford in 2008. He spent three years at Columbia as an NSF postdoctoral fellow and a year at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota as an assistant professor before moving to Canberra, Australia, to join the faculty of the Australian National University as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer. At Canberra, he holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Here at UW, he will join fellow algebraic geometers Sándor Kovács, Max Lieblich, and Bianca Viray.
Ioana Dumitriu and Julia Pevtsova promoted to Professor
March 2016: Ioana Dumitriu and Julia Pevtsova have been approved for promotion from associate professor to professor, to take effect in September 2016. Ioana joined the department in 2006, after three years at UC Berkeley as a Miller Research Fellow. Her research is in random matrix theory and numerical analysis. Julia joined the department in a postdoctoral position in 2005, following postdoctoral positions at the University of Oregon and the Institute for Advanced Study. She became a tenure-track assistant professor in 2008. Her research is in algebra and representation theory.

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