Math+ Receives 2020 Pillar Sponsorship

Math+ is thrilled to be the recipient of a 2020 Pillar Sponsorship, continuing our relationship with MBNA and embarking on a new relationship with TD Insurance. In January 2020, Math+ was awarded $6000 to support our outreach and engagement programs that bring mathematics to the general community outside the university, particularly students in grades one to twelve and elementary school teachers.

Math+ provides a suite of programs including math activity classes, a high school mentorship program, school field trips, camps, competitions, advanced classes, youth science conferences, and a Girls in STEM program. We play a role in the national math outreach community by marking Canada’s premiere open math contest (the Canadian Open Math Challenge) and hosting the largest Canadian site of the international Math Kangaroo Contest which brings thousands of grade 1-12 students to U of T’s three campuses each year. Our innovative programs allow teams of university students to help grade-school students with a passion for math to delve deeper into this fascinating subject than their schools accommodate. Equally as important, we provide ways for children and teachers who have weak math skills or negative feelings about math to strengthen skills and discover a side of math that they didn’t know existed.

Our 2020 Pillar Sponsorship will specifically be directed towards the research, design, and fabrication of math exhibits that we can use at pavilion events such as Alumni Weekend, Science Rendezvous, and other community math fairs to excite and engage the public about math. Pillar funding will also be used to support the “Count Me In” Teachers’ Institute, an intervention into the crisis in elementary school math teaching, allowing us to keep this professional development conference free for the nearly 400 participants. Approximately 200 of the teacher attendees each year are U of T alumni, and we are pleased to be able to support their ongoing professional learning and help them help Ontario students to learn and enjoy mathematics and build skills for life. Finally, a portion of the funds will go towards needs-tested bursaries for our youth math activity programs.

The Pillar Sponsorship Program is proudly sponsored by U of T affinity partners Manulife, MBNA, and TD Insurance. These companies offer preferred rates and rewards on financial products for U of T alumni and a portion of the proceeds from these affinity products go to supporting initiatives at U of T that benefit students and alumni. Discover the benefits of affinity products at

Math+ wishes to thank MBNA and TD Insurance for their continued support of our initiatives.

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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.

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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Mathletes Do It Again!

Congratulations to the Mathletes + 15 mod 7 who once again participated in the Toronto Marathon on Sunday, October 17th.  The team, consisting of Geordie Richards, Elio Mazzeo, Nataliya Laptyeva, Mitsuru Wilson, Matt Rideout, Bethany Springer, Marco Gualtieri and Artem Dudko, placed third out of 98 teams this year.

The team, and their picture, was featured in the UofT Bulletin.  Click here for that story:

The plaque and medal are currently on display in the main math office.

Our congratulations go to this well deserving team of Mathletes!

Student Poster is a Rising Star Winner

Sergio Da Silva with his award winning poster

Undergraduate student Sergio DaSilva’s poster entitled “Oda’s Strong Factorization Conjecture and its Implications in Toric Geometry” has won the “Most Outstanding Poster” prize at this years Rising Stars Conference.  The poster was featured in the computational science section which covers areas such as math and computer science.  The poster was marked by four judges on aspects of the poster itself, the student’s presentation and the research covered.

Sergio’s subject area is algebraic geometry and deals more specifically with birational geometry. His poster was based on work that he did last summer at UBC with Dr.Kalle Karu through an NSERC USRA. The original results will be published in the Tohoku Mathematical Journal.

When asked about what he thought about the conference in general Sergio had the following to say: “I thought RSR 2010 was a great experience, and I would highly recommend it to students who are thinking about applying in the future. Posters are not a conventional means for math presentations, and it was challenging and new to explain my research to people from other fields. Professors often travel to other locations to discuss their research, and this competition provides a similar platform for undergraduates to present their work.”

More information on the Rising Stars Competition can be found here:

Congratulations go to Sergio!