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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics & Statistics new website. In it you will find information on all of the many activities that the Department supports. If there is something that you would like to know about the Department but which you can't locate on our site, please send a message to us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are one of the larger departments on campus, with 35 full-time faculty, 18 postdoctoral fellows, over 100 graduate students and 6 staff members. The Department has strong research groups in several areas of mathematics and statistics and we offer a number of different programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For example, we recently introduced an undergraduate programme in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics, and we offer a professional masters program in Financial Mathematics through M-Phimac.

Research seminars in Algebra & Number Theory, Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Finantial Mathematics, Geometry & Topology, Mathematical Logic and Probability & Statistics and the weekly Colloquium attract some of the world's most prominent mathematicians.  Each year the department invites a prestigious guest lecturer to deliver a series of talks, the Britton Lectures (endowed by a gift of Ronald and Helen Britton.)  The annual Evelyn Nelson Memorial Lecture commemorates our late colleague and features talks in the foundations of mathematics. For more information about the department click here.

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Faculty News


Congratulations to Dr Ian Hambleton, Britton Chair who has been appointed the Director of the Fields Institute effective July 1, 2015

A workshop on "Manifolds and Surgery"  is being held on June 26 - 27, 2015 in Hamilton Hall, Room 305.  

Please click here for more information.



Dr Megumi Harada is being featured in NSERC's "Celebration of Women in Math", along with other prominent and inspiring women in mathematics in Canada.

Nicholas Kevlahan is hosting an Open Access Colloquium on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 2:00-5:00 pm.  It will be held in the Sherman Centre, Mills Library.

This Colloquium is an opportunity for students, researchers and librarians to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges and opportunities due to the enormous changes in academic communication and in society, led by international experts on Open Access publishing and new forms of digital communication.

For more information please see attached poster .


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Department News

Dr Gail Wolkowicz will be giving the "Journal of Biological Dynamics(JBD) Lord Robert May best paper prize" talk at The 5th International Conference on Mathematical Modeling and Analysis of Populations in Biological Systems (ICMA-V), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, October 2-4, 2015. Gail Wokowicz co-authored a paper that has been awarded the "2015 Lord Robert May Best Paper Prize" by the Journal of Biological Dynamics (publisher Taylor and Francis).  The prize is awarded every 2 years for what is judged the best paper in the journal in the proceeding 2 years, in this case the best paper for 2013 and 2014.

At the recent Statistical Society of Canada meetings in Halifax, Michael Li (MSc Statistics, supervised by Ben Bolker) was awarded the Best Poster Prize for his poster entitled "Modelling High-Resolution Animal Telemetry Data: Hidden Markov Models and Extensions".

Dr N Balakrishan 
has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor Award winner at the University of Manitoba.

to Dr Diego Ayala for receiving the CAIMS 2014 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award. The DDA committee has met and unanimously agrees that the 2014 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award be given to Dr. Diego Ayala for his thesis titled "Extreme Vortex States and Singularity Formation in Incompressible Flows".  The thesis contains truly novel work that uses optimal control theory and scientific computation to study extreme and singular behavior in the Navier-Stokes equations.  The results are important in a variety of applications from atmospheric science to
hematology.  The committee was impressed with the breadth of the work:the thesis bridges basic methods of analysis with scientific and high
performance computing, obtaining new insights into analytical results. Dr. Ayala received his PhD from McMaster University under the
supervision of Professor Bartosz Protas in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  Dr. Ayala is continuing his research as a Postdoctoral
Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan

Professor Fred Hoppe co-authored a paper in orthopaedic surgery with  Daniel Hoppe, Matthew Denkers, and Ivan Wong which won the Abrahamson award for Outstanding Innovation at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference held at USC in 2014.

McMaster Shines in 75th Putnam Competition.  
McMaster competed in the 75th annual William Lowell Putnam competition.   This year saw 4520 peoople and 577 schools compete.  The McMaster team of Sam Kim, Sean Ridout and George Zhang placed 51st which is the highest placement by a team from McMaster that anyone can remember.  Congratulations to the team!

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