News and events at Department of Mathematics

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Math Department awarded a Research Training Group grant


The Topology and Geometry group in the Department of Mathematics is happy to announce that they are the recipient of a five year $2.5 million Research Training Group grant from the National Science Foundation. The NSF RTG program is aimed at strengthening the nation’s scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences. Nationally, roughly 5 RTG grants are awarded each year by the NSF to support efforts to improve research training by involving undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty members in structured research groups centered on a common research theme.

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Virginia Integrable Probability Summer School

Event start date: 2019/05/27

From May 27 to June 8, 2019, Department of Mathematics of University of Virginia organizes a two-week summer school in Integrable Probability. The aim of the school is to educate the participants in recent trends around Integrable Probability - a rapidly developing field at the interface of probability / mathematical physics / statistical physics on the one hand, and representation theory / integrable systems on the other.

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Thesis defense: Jim Phillips

Event date: 2019/04/23

Jim Phillips will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Tuesday, April 23. The title is

Reduction and deformation of one-point Galois covers”.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 23
  • Time: 1:00 pm
  • Place: Multi-purpose room at the Rotunda

Everyone is invited to attend.

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Final Exercises ceremony

2019 Mathematics Final Exercises Ceremony

Event date: 2019/05/18

Final Exercises ceremony for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will be on Saturday, May 18, 2019. All other schools will participate on Sunday, May 19, 2019. The Lawn ceremony will start promptly at 10 a.m., with school and department ceremonies taking place in the afternoon on both days.

The ceremony times and locations for Mathematics are listed below. These times and locations may be different from past years.

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Thesis defense: Matt Gagne

Event date: 2019/04/24

Matt Gagne will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Wednesday, April 24. The title is

The family index of the odd signature operator with coeffcients in a flat bundle”.

Poster (PDF)

  • Date: Wednesday, April 24
  • Time: 1:15 pm
  • Place: Gilmer 166

Everyone is invited to attend.

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GTA Teaching awards


We are pleased to recognize Mark Lewers and Mark Schrecengost for winning the 2019 Mathematics Department Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award, and Jim Phillips for receiving one of ten All-University Graduate Teaching Awards.

Congratulations to Mark, Mark, and Jim; we appreciate all of your hard work!

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Thesis defense: Gabriel Islambouli

Event date: 2019/04/18

Gabriel Islambouli will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Thursday, April 18. The title is

Parallels Between Heegaard Splittings and Trisections of 4-manifolds”.

  • Date: Thursday, April 18
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Place: Dell Building 2, Room 100

Everyone is invited to attend.

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Thesis defense: Chris Leonard

Event date: 2019/04/17

Chris Leonard will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Wednesday, April 17. The title is

Categorification of Tensor Products of Representations for Current Algebras and Quantum Groups”.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 17
  • Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Place: New Cabell 504

Everyone is invited to attend.

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