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.

Three faculty, Haslhofer, Shankar, and Tiozzo awarded 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships

The department is pleased to announce that three of our faculty, Robert Haslhofer, Arul Shankar, and Giulio Tiozzo are recipients of the 2018 Research Sloan Fellowships!

The fellowships are awarded annually since 1955 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. More information about the Sloan Research Fellowships can be found here. The full list of this year’s Sloan Fellows can be found here.

Jeremy Quastel Wins the 2018 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize

The Department is proud to announce that Professor Jeremy Quastel has been awarded the 2018 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize

The official Fields Press Release follows:


Jeremy Quastel is widely recognized as one of the top probabilists in the world, having made major advances in the fields of hydrodynamic theory, stochastic partial differential equations, and integrable probability. He is particularly recognized for a series of ground-breaking works during the last ten years related to the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) equation and the wider class of random growth models conjectured to share the same long-time, large-scale limit (the so-called KPZ universality class). He proved a 25 year old conjecture from physics about the scaling exponents for the KPZ equation, as well as computing an exact formula for its one-point distribution. He demonstrated that the KPZ equation is universal in that it arises as a scaling limit of a wide variety of non-linear stochastic partial differential equations of Hamilton-Jacobi type. Most recently, he constructed and computed transition probabilities for the ‘KPZ fixed point’ Markov process, which should be the universal long-time limit of all models in the KPZ universality class. Among his earlier contributions, Quastel derived the incompressible Navier-Stokes equation from a class of interacting particle systems, derived equations for the behaviour of the internal diffusion-limited-aggregation model, and proved a conjecture about the speed of the traveling front for the stochastic Fisher-Kolmogorov–Petrovsky–Piskunov equation, which models branching diffusion processes.

For the profound impact of his work, Quastel has been recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2016), and was the recipient of a Killam Research Fellowship (2013). He delivered an invited address at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad India.

Jeremy Quastel received his Ph.D. from the Courant Institute in 1990. After six years at the University of California, Davis, he moved to his present position at the University of Toronto in 1998.

Source: http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/news/Jeremy-Quastel-Wins-2018-CRM-Fields-PIMS-Prize