University of Toronto Department of Mathematics

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The Department of Mathematics of the University of Toronto is located in its main campus, St. George, at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology. With 43 faculty members, UofT has provided students with one of the greatest mathematics programs for over 150 years. UofT's Department of Mathematics also ranks among the top 15 departments across North America and is home to Canada's leading research centre for mathematics.

Research by Faculty Members[edit]

John Friendlander is known for findings in “prime spin distribution in number fields, estimates for character sums, applications of sieve methods and quadratic problems in number theory.” Edward Bierstone and Pierre Milman constructed an “understandable proof of a famous theorem in algebraic geometry.[1] Velimir Jurdjevic’s research focuses on the “Systems of Ordinary Differential Equations, Control Theory, and Global Analysis”.[2] Doctor Asset Rinof’s research is in “Combinatorial Set Theory, especially around the combinatorics of singular cardinals”.[3] Jaimal Thind works on the “Representation Theory, Combinatorics, Algebraic Geometry, Category Theory and Low Dimensional Topology”.[4] Lisa Jeffrey focuses on “Symplectic Geometry, and Geometric Applications of Quantum Field Theory”.[5] Work in “Dynamical Systems, Renormalization and Universality, Computational Complexity in Dynamics, [and] Applications to Mathematical Biology and Medicine” is researched by Michael Yampolsky.[6] Konstantin Khanin focuses on the “Probability Theory, Ergodic theory, [and] Statistical Mechanics”.[7] Mircea Voda focuses on researching the Geometric Function Theory.[8]

Awarded Faculty Members[edit]

Here, faculty member James Arthur became one of the world’s leading researchers in automorphic forms and Lie group representations. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada announced him as winner of the Henry Marshall Tory gold medal. The Royal Society of Canada announced faculty members Micheal Sigal and James Arthur as the first two winners of the Synge Prize. In 1988, The Royal Society of Canada gave a Fellowship award to Friendlander, who has won at least 12 other awards in his time working with UofT’s Department of Mathematics. Other faculty members have won awards including four Sloan Fellowships, two Premier Research Awards and a McLean Prize.[9]

A range of study programs for high school students[edit]

The Math Department of the university of Toronto always tries hard to reach the largest possible number of students in need with education. Various camps are held every year for students from Grade 3 – 12, students will learn math in a fun, interactive and hands-on way. For example, The Mathematics Academy Programs are aimed at providing experience in Mathematics and Mathematics Research and it strives to introduce students to concepts not typically covered in the standard curriculum. Students will gain knowledge and skills in various aspects of mathematics and will have a chance to meet with members of the department currently involved in mathematics research. Rather than lectures, the program will be run with a heavy “discovery” component, where students do most of the work by working in carefully selected problems to figure results by themselves. The topic will be creative, fun, and somewhat abstract; in other words, what mathematicians consider “real math”. [10]

Teacher Programs aimed specifically at teachers and bringing our mathematics knowledge and research into the classrooms. This series can bring math research and fun from the University lecture halls into the classrooms [11]

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto is proud to offer a mentorship program pairing Grade 11 and 12 high school students interested in the field of mathematics study and research with graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty in the field. Mentees will meet with their mentors on a regular basis at the downtown location of U of T on a schedule that fits both of them about once or twice per month.[12]

The High School Math Preparation Program is aimed at students who are lagging behind the rest of the class in mathematics, but otherwise have demonstrated an ability to learn at grade level in other courses. The intent is to provide students with a unique learning environment where they can regain their confidence while filling in the gaps in their knowledge of mathematics. This program will target main topics in the Ontario Curriculum leading up to grade 8 and 9 and is not meant as an enhancement of the 8/9 curriculums.[13]

Starting in Fall 2014 there will be Saturday Math Clubs held by the department of math. Including the following: High School Math Prep: aimed at students wishing to build their skills in mathematics. It is offered to students in Grades 8 and 9 and includes both hands-on activities and student specific tutoring. Math Circles Preparation Classes: aimed at students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 it builds skills for students wishing to join the Math Circles program. These classes will offer participants foundational skills and teach them how to solve problems and view concepts in mathematics with a whole new viewpoint. This is an enrichment class and will focus on some challenging concepts. Math Kangaroo Clubs: for students in Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 these programs use the Math Kangaroo contest as a basis for fun and engaging activities in mathematics. There will be a combination of skill building and enrichment activities.[14]

Notable current members[edit]

Outstanding former members[edit]

Outstanding alumni[edit]

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