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Thomas Koberda

Thomas Koberda Receives Shannon Mid-Career Fellowship

2024/06/07

Thomas Koberda has been awarded a Shannon Mid-Career Fellowship by the Provost’s office, starting fall 2024. Congratulations!

More information and a list of 2023 Fellows is here


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Final Exercises ceremony

2024 Mathematics Final Exercises Ceremony

Event date: 2024/05/18

Final Exercises for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. on the Lawn.

The ceremony times and locations for the Mathematics Department Diploma Ceremony are listed below (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.):

Fair Weather: Pavilion I, Lower Garden
Inclement or Severe Weather: Warner Hall, Room 209

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DMP thesis defense: Declan Stacy

Event date: 2024/04/30

Declan Stacy will defend the DMP thesis on Monday, April 30. The title is

Stochastic extinction, An average Lyapunov function approach”.

  • Date: Monday, April 30
  • Time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Place: Kerchof 111

Everyone is invited to attend.

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Thesis defense: Yuan Zhang

Event date: 2023/04/24

Yuan Zhang will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Wednesday, April 24. The title is

Root group data (RGD) systems of affine type for significant subgroups of isotropic reductive groups over \(k[t,1/t]\)”.

The defense will be held at Kerchof 111 at 3:00 pm.

Yuan and I hope that many of you will be able to attend.

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Master thesis defense: Mason Barnes

Event date: 2024/04/22

Mason Barnes will be defending the Master thesis on Monday, April 22. The title is

Kashaev Conjecture Solved for the Five Punctured Spheres”.

  • Date: Monday, April 22
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Kerchof 111

Mason will demonstrate his solution to the Kashaev conjecture for type-preserving representations of the five punctured sphere in PSL(2,R).

Everyone is invited to attend.

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Thesis defense: Tanner Carawan

Event date: 2023/04/19

Tanner Carawan will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Friday, April 19. The title is

2-Segal maps associated to a category with cofibrations”.

The defense will be held at Kerchof 317 at 3:00 pm.

Everyone is invited to attend.

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Catherine Cossaboom

Catherine Cossaboom is Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

2024/04/17

Catherine Cossaboom, a third-year math (and cognitive science) major, has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, one of only two recipients this year at UVa and among 508 nationwide. Here is the UVA Today article. Congratulations, Catherine!

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Thesis defense: Donnelly Phillips

Event date: 2023/04/15

Donnelly Phillips will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Monday, April 15. The title is

The Hypoelliptic Heat Kernel on Infinite-Dimensional Lie Groups: Heisenberg-Like Quasi-Invariance and the Taylor Isomorphism”.

The defense will be held at Kerchof 128 at 12:00 pm.

Everyone is invited to attend.

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Thesis defense: Shunyu Wan

Event date: 2023/04/09

Shunyu Wan will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Tuesday, April 9. The title is

Naturality of the Legendrian LOSS invariant under positive contact surgery”.

The defense will be held at Kerchof Hall 111 at 3:15 pm.

Everyone is invited to attend.

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Thesis defense: Alec Traaseth

Event date: 2023/04/08

Alec Traaseth will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Monday, April 8. The title is

Combination Theorems for Convergence Groups”.

The defense will be held at Kerchof 111 at 10:00 am.

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Everyone is invited to attend.

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Valia Gazaki

Valia Gazaki Wins 2024 Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award

2024/04/02

Valia Gazaki was awarded the 2024 Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award, selected from nominees across the University.

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David Chasteen-Boyd

David Chasteen-Boyd wins an All-University Graduate Teaching Award

2024/04/01

We are happy to announce that David Chasteen-Boyd, a graduate student, is one of this year’s All-University Graduate Teaching Award winners. This award honors students from all disciplines who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in undergraduate instruction and includes a $500 prize.

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John Imbrie

John Imbrie's Work Featured in Quanta Magazine

2024/03/21

John Imbrie’s work on many-body localization in quantum physics was featured prominently in a recent article in Quanta magazine.

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Thesis defense: Hasan Saad

Event date: 2024/03/25

Hasan Saad will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Monday, March 25. The title is

On the Distributions of Point Counts on Hypergeometric Varieties”.

The defense will be held at Kerchof Hall 111 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

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Everyone is invited to attend.

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Weinan Zhang

UVA Math PhD Weinan Zhang Wins 2023 ICCM Best Thesis Gold Prize

2024/03/20

2023 UVA math PhD Weinan Zhang, now a postdoc at the University of Hong Kong, will be awarded a Gold Prize for the 2023 ICCM Best Thesis Award, established by S.-T. Yau. The award, which comes with a prize of 50,000 RMB, recognizes the best PhD thesis in mathematics by a student of Chinese descent.

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Thomas Koberda

Thomas Koberda Receives Simons Fellowship

2024/03/20

This spring, Thomas Koberda was awarded a prestigious Simons Fellowship to support his research. The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant research advances. Congratulations!

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Thesis defense: Yaolong Shen

Event date: 2024/04/01

Yaolong Shen will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Monday, April 1. The title is

Schur dualities arising from quantum symmetric pairs”.

The defense will be held at Kerchof Hall 111 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm.

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Everyone is invited to attend.

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Thesis defense: Eleanor Mcspirit

Event date: 2024/04/02

Eleanor Mcspirit will defend the Ph.D. thesis on Tuesday, April 2. The title is

Insights from Number Theory: From Arithmetic Geometry to Quantum Topology”.

The defense will be held at Kerchof Hall 111 from 9:00 - 11:00 am.

Everyone is invited to attend.

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Louisa Liles

Louisa Liles Awarded the Roselle-Huneke Prize

2024/03/02

Our Ph.D. student, Louisa Liles, has been honored with the Roselle-Huneke Award (similar to the usual Dissertation Fellowships, but specifically for mathematics students). The award not only recognizes Louisa’s exceptional work in quantum topology and knot invariants but also provides support for ongoing research.

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UVA Rotunda - source of enlightenment

Randomness and Lie-theoretic structures

Event start date: 2024/03/04

The two-day conference Randomness and Lie-theoretic structures will be held at University of Virginia on March 4-5, 2024. Speakers include Ben Brubaker (Minnesota), Laura Colmenarejo (North Carolina State University), Jimmy He (MIT), Jeffrey Kuan (Texas A&M), Colin McSwiggen (NYU Courant), Jennifer Morse (University of Virginia), Slava Naprienko (UNC Chapel Hill), Siddhartha Sahi (Rutgers), Mark Shimozono (Virginia Tech), and there will be short participant talks. Financial support is available for graduate students and early career researchers through the 4-VA Virginia Collaborative Research Initiative.

Conference website

Organizers: Daniel Orr (Virginia Tech) and Leonid Petrov (UVA)

This conference follows a workshop Quantum Structures in Lie Theory which is on March 1-3, 2024.

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UVA Rotunda

Quantum Structures in Lie Theory

Event start date: 2024/03/01

The 14th Southeastern Lie Theory Workshop Series will be held at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA from March 1 – 3, 2024. The event will feature a minicourse series by Ivan Losev from Yale University, and speakers Thomas Haines (University of Maryland), Iva Halacheva (Northeastern), Naihuan Jing (NC State), Kang Lu (UVA), Julia Plavnik (Indiana University Bloomington), Oleksandr Tsymbaliuk (Purdue). Registration is now open.

Workshop website with details

Local organizers:   Kang Lu   Jennifer Morse   You Qi   Weiqiang Wang

The workshop is followed by a two-day conference Randomness and Lie-theoretic structures organized by Daniel Orr (Virginia Tech) and Leonid Petrov (UVA)

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UVA Lawn

Job opportunities 2024

2023/10/01

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia invites applications for the following positions (links to mathjobs ads):

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