Welcome to the Toronto Math News Blog.

Here you will find news stories and information relevant to the Department of Mathematics.  We have stories on events, awards, community participation, achievements of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, and much more.

If you have a story to tell please let us know at webmaster@math.utoronto.ca

Please note: we have recently added our archived stories to the new blog format and apologize for any date errors.  We have attempted to preserve the original story dates where possible.

Jacob Tsimerman awarded the 2019 Coxeter-James Prize

The department is pleased to announce Jacob Tsimerman will be awarded the 2019 Coxeter-James Prize.

The media release can be accessed here.

The Coxeter-James Prize is awarded annually since 1978 and it recognizes young mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research.

Information on past winners can be found here.

Jeremy Quastel named the recipient of the 2019 Jeffery-Williams Prize

The department congratulates Prof. Jeremy Quastel for being named the recipient of the 2019 Jeffery-Williams Prize. Quastel will receive the award during the CMS Summer Meeting in Regina, Saskatchewan, June 7-10, 2019.

The media release can be accessed here.

The Jeffery-Williams Prize is awarded annually since 1968 and it recognizes mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research.

For more information on past recipients, please visit Jeffery-Williams Prize

James G. Arthur appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada

The department congratulates James Arthur for being appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada.  The Order of Canada honours people who make extraordinary contributions to Canada.  To be named a Companion is the highest honour in the Order and it recognizes national pre-eminence or international service or achievement. Arthur is being recognized for “his seminal contributions to contemporary mathematics, notably through his groundbreaking advancements to the theory of numbers’ trace formula.” Source: News Release on “New Appointments to the Order of Canada”, December 27, 2018.

More on the story can be found here.


Math Outreach office receives Pillar Sponsorship

The Math Outreach Office  would like to thank its donors for their recent financial support.
The awarded funds will be used in 2019 to support some of our programs geared toward student learning in mathematics from grades 3-12.

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Alumni, Michael Chow, wins Nathan Mendelsohn Prize

Congratulations to Michael Chow on winning the Nathan Mendelsohn prize for the highest ranking student at a Canadian university in the Putnam Mathematics Competition for 2017.

Chow has participated in the department’s Undergraduate Mathematics Competition, placing first 2016, 2017, and 2018.  He was also part of the Putnam team representing UofT which came in 4th place in 2017!

Chow graduated with High Distinction from the Honours Bachelor of Science program this June 2018.  We are proud of his achievements!

Joel Kamnitzer awarded a 2018 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

The Department is proud to announce that Professor Joel Kamnitzer is one of the winners of the 2018 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. NSERC awards up to six E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are faculty members of Canadian universities.

Joel’s achievement is also featured in a U of T news article: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-researchers-win-prestigious-nserc-awards

U of T’s team of students place 4th in the 2017 Putnam Competition!

U of T’s team (hosted by our department) did well in the 2017 Putnam Competition coming in 4th place. The team consisted of three undergraduate students: Michael Chow, Itai Bar-Natan, and Dmitry Paramonov.

Michael Chow (4th year student) placed in the top 25. Itai Bar-Natan (4th year student) received honourable mention, placing in the top 100. Dmitry Paramonov (3rd year student) placed in the top 200.

The Putnam Competition is a mathematical competition open to undergraduate students across Canada and the United States. It is held annually since 1938 and is written in December. Teams consist of three members that represent the institution, although additional undergraduate students can participate. Over 4,500 students from 575 institutions participated this December with 47 students coming from U of T.

Several students from U of T also placed well including: Lexiao Lai (exchange student) making the top 200; Rafael Aznar (3rd year student), Adrian Carpenter (1st year student), Anthony Moshe Roitman (1st year student) making the top 500.

Since the fall, students have been training diligently under the guidance of two faculty members: Bernardo Galvao-Sousa and Alfonso Gracia-Saz. The Department of Mathematics extends congratulations to the team and thanks Bernardo and Alfonso and all participants for their efforts!

The link to our department’s webpage on Putnam can be found here.
More information of the Putnam Competition can be found here.
The announcement of 2017’s winners can be found here.