General News

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:

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


Dr N. Balakrishnan has been appointed Extraordinary Professor at University of Pretoria, South Africa. 

Dr Walter Craig was appointed as Distinguished University Professor, the highest honour an academic can receive from McMaster University, at the Faculty of Science Convocation Ceremony on June 16th, 2016. 

Dr Alex Rosa, Emeritus Faculty, was awarded the 2012 Euler Medal just this year. The Euler Medal is given by the Institute of Combinatorics and Applications in recognition of distinguished lifetime career contributions to combinatorial research.  


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

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

Congratulations to Dr. Paul McNicholas who has been named Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Computational Statistics. 

Dr Gail Wolkowicz co-authored a paper that won the "2015 Lord Robert May Best Paper Prize" by the Journal of Biological Dynamics.  This prize is awarded every 2 years for what is judged to be the best paper in the journal over the preceeding 2 years.

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Department News

**NEW** Undergraduate Students NSERC USRA Summer 2017, applications due February 10, 2017.

Congratulations to Matthew Jordan, who was named a Rhodes Scholar. Matthew is a 4th year student in the Arts & Science programme studying Math & Physics, and he is among a select group to have won this prestigious scholarship for continuing his studies at Oxford University. 

Congratulations to Sylvie Bronsard for her award-winning poster presentation at the 2016 Winter CMS meeting in Niagara Falls.  Sylvie is a 4th year student in Math & Physics, and her poster Searching for an integrable semidiscretization of the DNLS, which presented the results of a USRA research project supervised by Dmitry Pelinovsky, won the CMS Student Committee Award.
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Michael Gallaugher who has won a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Putnam Competition
- first organizational meeting will be Sept. 21 at 11:30 in HH/410

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