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Prof. Coifman awarded Rolf Schock Prize

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music have awarded this year’s Rolf Schock Prizes to four outstanding individuals.

International Congress of Mathematicians

Professors Raphy Coifman, Gil Kalai and Alex Lubotzky have been invited to give plenary lectures

Yale excels in Putnam Exam

Yale students performed historically well in this year’s William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, according to results released last week by the Mathematical Association of America, the competition’s organizers. 

Alex Lubotzky wins Israel Prize

Congratulations to Professor Alex Lubotzky on receiving the Israel Prize in 2018 for research in Mathematics and Computer Science

Stefan Steinerberger named 2018 Sloan Fellow

Yale News article

SUMRY 2018: Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Project descriptions and applications are now available for SUMRY 2018 (Summer Undergraduate Math Research at Yale).

Preference Selection Deadline Extended

Since there have been recent changes to the schedule for several
math courses, the preference selection deadline for Math 112, 115,
120 has been extended until 5pm tomorrow (January 11).

In Memoriam: Tsuneo Tamagawa, 1925-2017

The department is saddened by the death of Tsuneo Tamagawa, Andrew W. Phillips Professor Emeritus of Mathematics on December 30, 2017 at the age of 92.   Tamagawa was widely known in the mathematics field for his fundamental contributions to research on the arithmetic aspects of classical groups, which involve mathematical theories having their roots in geometry. Perhaps his most celebrated achievement was his synthesis of the so-called “Tamagawa Number,” which opened new areas of thought in a field that had been worked over heavily by number theorists for generations. His articles on mathematical theory were published in journals in both Japan and the United States.  

In Memoriam: William S. Massey, 1920-2017

The department is saddened by the death of our colleague William Massey on June 17, at the age of 96.

A service will be held on Friday June 23 at 2:00 pm at the Unitarian Church on 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden.


In Memoriam: George Daniel Mostow 1923-2017

The department is saddened by the death of George Daniel Mostow, Henry Ford II Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, on April 4, 2017. 

Funeral Services will be held at Congregation B'nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Rd., Woodbridge Thursday afternoon, April 6th at 2 PM.

Hee Oh awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in Natural sciences

On April 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-third competition.

SUMRY 2017: Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Mathematics Research at Yale (SUMRY). 

Congratulations to Florencia Orosz for having been selected to receive one of the “Austin B. Creel Trust Awards”

Congratulations to Florencia Orosz for having been selected to receive one of the “Austin B. Creel Trust Awards”. This award, to honor the life and legacy of Yale alumnus, Austin B. Creel, class of 1959.

Fall 2016 Math Mornings

It all adds up: Sundays + Math Mornings = a formula for fun

The mathematical mind does not take weekends off.

Enigma lecture

Lecture about the "Enigma" cipher machines used by the German Armed Forces to safeguard their communications during World War II.  An actual WWII-era Enigma machine will be on display.  Audience members are invited to handle it, ask questions and learn how it works.  By David Saltman, Center for Communications Research Princeton, Institute for Defense Analysis. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 4:15-5:15 pm in LOM 215.

Math Mornings resumes for Fall 2016

The Math Mornings outreach lecture series for local families and students resumes this fall with three lectures, by Asher Auel (Oct 16), Tarik Aougab (Nov 6) and Jessi Cisewski (Nov 13). See math.yale.edu/math-mornings  for more details, and videos of previous lectures.

Calculus advising and preregistration

Calculus advising and preregistration

Welcome Professor Zhiwei Yun

Congratulations to Kyle Luh for winning a Prize Teaching Fellowship

Congratulations to Kyle Luh for winning a Prize Teaching Fellowship (he won previously in 2013)

Yair Minsky designated the Einar Hille Professor of Mathematics

2016 Richard Brodhead Prize for teaching excellence

Congratulations to Miki Havlickova!

Mathematics Prizes

The Barge Prizes & the John Alan Lewis Prize

AGNES Spring 2016 at Yale University

The AGNES (Algebraic Geometry Northeastern Series) conference Spring 2016 will be held at Yale University, Friday April 8 - Sunday April 10, with a special event (Connections for Women@AGNES) on Friday. With a distinguished lineup of speakers, AGNES Spring 2016 is an excellent opportunity to get a taste of current research in a wide range of topics in and around algebraic geometry. For more information see: www.agneshome.org/yale-2016

Three Math Mornings lectures in Fall 2015

Stefan Steinerberger, Kelly Delp (Cornell) and Sam Taylor will give this fall's Math Mornings lectures. For more information see http://math.yale.edu/math-mornings

BOOK: Beautiful, Simple, Exact, Crazy: Mathematics in the Real World

Calculus advising and preregistration

Jim Rolf for the Teach Better Podcast

Susie Kimport wins Prize Teaching Fellowship

In Memoriam: John Forbes Nash, June 13, 1928 – May 23, 2015

Jim Rolf, Miki Havlickova and John Hall have been awarded the Rosenkrantz Award

The Rosenkranz Awards For Pedagogical Innovation


Professor Igor B. Frenkel elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The induction ceremony will take place in Cambridge on Saturday, October 10, 2015; a program will follow on Sunday morning, Octover 11.

The full list of new electees is available on the Academy website: www.amacad.org.  

The Art of the Equation

Thirteen?? by David Mumford

An exhibition of prints by famous mathematicians

with an introduction by David Mumford

Thursday, January 22, 2015

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Yale University Art Gallery lobby

Poster for The Art of the Equation

Vladimir Rokhlin awarded William Benter Prize 2014

A master in algorithm who has advanced the frontiers of computational mathematics and engineering has been awarded the William Benter Prize in Applied Mathematics 2014 by City University of Hong Kong (CityU).

Math Mornings October and November

This fall, Roger Howe, Raphy Coifman and Yair Minsky will give Math Mornings lectures for the general public, on October 12 and 19, and November 23. See here for more information:  http://math.yale.edu/math-mornings

Hee Oh to Receive 2015 AMS Satter Prize

Hee Oh of Yale University will be awarded the 2015 AMS Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas. Oh is honored for her "fundamental contributions to the fields of dynamics on homogeneous spaces, discrete subgroups of Lie groups, and applications to number theory." - See more at: AMS Satter Prize 

Sixth Ahlfors-Bers Colloquium

The Sixth Ahlfors-Bers Colloquium will be held at Yale in October 23-26, 2014.

Directed Reading program begins this fall

The Directed Reading Program will pair undergraduate students together with graduate student mentors to read a mathematics text over the course of one semester. Undergraduates will receive a free copy of the book used.

Calculus Advising and Pre-registration


REU Mini-conference 2014 at Yale University

The SUMRY group will host a one day conference at Yale on Friday, July 25, 2014, bringing together research active undergraduates and their mentors from New England area colleges and universities.

Gregory Margulis to receive honorary doctorate

 Margulis to receive Doctor of Science from University of Chicago



Student Tropical Algebraic Geometry Seminar 2014

 May 8-10, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Asaf Hadari wins Undergraduate Teaching Prize

Yale College Undergraduate Teaching Prize

Dennis Sullivan from Stony Brook and the Simons Center will be the Piatetski-Shapiro Memorial Lecturer

2013 Putnam Competition

2014 Math Prizes

Barge Prizes and John Alan Lewis Prize


Van Vu and Dan Spielman to speak at the 2014 ICM in Seoul

Being invited to speak at the ICM (International Congress of Mathematicians) is often regarded as one of the highest honors that a mathematician can receive.  It is a truly international recognition of the depth and ground breaking impact of their research.  The department congratulates Van Vu and Dan Spielman on their invitation to speak at the 2014 ICM in Seoul.

Visiting Day Open House in Mathematics

   Visiting Day Open House Prospective Graduate Students, Weds., Feb 12, 2014


Alex Kontorovich wins AMS Levi L. Conant prize

New undergraduate research opportunities in mathematics

2014 Summer Undergraduate Mathematics Research at Yale (SUMRY) program

Mostowfest: Day of lectures on geometry, analysis and groups

The department is pleased to announce a day of lectures honoring Dan Mostow on the occasion of his 90th birthday and the award of the 2013 Wolf Prize.

The 74th Putnam Exam

Saturday, December 7, 2013


Math Mornings begin again

Our outreach series of math talks starts up again this fall. First talk Sept 29 by Richard Schwartz of Brown University. See here for more.

Welcome New Faculty

Calculus advising and preregistration


Meet & Greet Graduate Student Gathering

Kimport, Logan and Luh win prize teaching fellowships

Congratulations to Susie Kimport, Miriam Logan (again) and Kyle Luh who were named prize teaching fellows for 2013-14.

Congratulations to Amanda Folsom and Alex Kontorovich who received Faculty Early Career Development Awards

Congratulations to Amanda Folsom and Alex Kontorovich, who received Faculty Early Career Development awards from the National Science Foundation in 2012-2013, the most prestigious NSF awards for junior faculty in mathematics, science, and engineering


The Yale Department of Mathematics hosted the 2013 Spring meeting of the Algebraic Geometry Northeastern Series (AGNES) April 19-21, 2013.

Hahn Lectures

To Be Announced

Hahn and Whittemore Lectures

The Hahn Lectures and the Whittemore Lectures are the department's two annual distinguished lecture series. In 2012 and 2013 we were pleased to have Jacob Lurie and Burt Totaro as speakers.

Michael Frame wins DeVane Award

Congratulations to Michael Frame for winning one of the two 2013 DeVane awards for outstanding undergraduate teaching. 

Alex Kontorovich wins Sloan Fellowship

Alex Kontorovich recently won a prestigious Sloan Fellowship.   



Orszag Symposium

A one-day symposium celebrating the scientific life of Steve Orszag (1943-2011) will be held in Luce Hall, Feb 22 2013.

See here for more information.

Mostow awarded Wolf Prize

The Mathematics Department is very pleased to announce that George D. Mostow, Henry Ford II Professor (Emeritus),  has been  awarded the Wolf Foundation Prize in Mathematics for 2013.

Van Vu awarded Fulkerson Prize

Van Vu has been awarded the Fulkerson Prize in 2012 for his work with J.Kahn and A.Johansson on the Shamir Problem

Gupta, Logan and Vioreanu win prize teaching fellowships

Three mathematics graduate students, Subhojoy Gupta, Miriam Logan and Bogdan Vioreanu, were named prize teaching fellows in 2012-2013.



Teaching Award for Andrew J. Casson

Congratulations to Andrew J. Casson who was awarded the Dylan Hixon '88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences. See here for the Yale News article and a video.

Yale Math Major wins Virginia Tech Contest

In Memoriam: Robert H. Szczarba

Emeritus Professor Robert H. Szczarba - October 18, 2011

2011 Barge Prizes

New Faculty

The Mathematics Department is pleased to welcome our new faculty

In Memoriam: Steven A. Orszag

The department is saddened by the passing of Steven Orszag, Percey F. Smith Professor of Mathematics, on May 1 2011. 

Position in Mathematics Instruction

The Mathematics Department at Yale and Yale College Science and Quantitative Reasoning Center seek an individual with scholarly interests and demonstrated expertise in college mathematics education. Title and salary commensurate with experience.

Lauer and Raj win Prize Teaching Fellowships

Congratulations to Joe Lauer and Rishi Raj for being awarded Prize Teaching Fellowships in Yale College for the year 2011-12.

Benoit Mandelbrot Memorial Scientific Meeting

The Benoit Mandelbrot Memorial Scientific Meeting will be held on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Feit Lecture

This year's Feit Memorial Lecture will be presented by Allen Knutson of Cornell University, on Wednesday, March 23 at 4:30 pm. See our calendar for further details.

Piatetski-Shapiro Lecture

This year's Piatetski-Shapiro Memorial Lecture will be presented by Alexandre Kirillov of the University of Pennsylvania, on Wednesday March 30 at 4:30 pm. See our calendar for further details.

Hahn Lectures by Matthew Emerton

This year's Hahn Lectures were given by Matthew Emerton of Northwestern University.

Prizes and Exams

The Barge Prize  in mathematics will be awarded to freshmen and sophomores on the basis of a competitive exam.

Robinson Lecture 2010

This year's Robinson Lecture was given by Michael Rabin of Harvard University.  Rabin is known for his foundational work in theoretical computer science, including automata theory, randomized algorithms and cryptography.

Benoit Mandelbrot, Sterling Professor Emeritus, Oct 14 2010

We are saddened by the death of our colleague, Benoit Mandelbrot, on Thursday Oct. 14 2010. An appreciation by Michael Frame is found on the following page.

Gregory Margulis awarded ENS Honorary Doctorate

On October 18, 2010, Gregory Margulis received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Ecole Normale Superieure.

In Memoriam - Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro

Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro, an extraordinary scientist from the Soviet Union, died on February 21, 2009 in Tel Aviv Israel after a long debilitating illness.

Peter Jones is elected to the National Academy of Sciences

On April 28, 2008 the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of new members and foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continued achievement in original research.